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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Worth rained out, still on Cloud 9 after win vs. state No. 1 Columbus

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

COLUMBUS -- It's been quite a start to the 2010 softball season for the Worth County Lady Rams, who will sit on their 5-1 mark until next week after Thursday's game vs. Irwin County was rained out Thursday.

In a tournament this past weekend in Columbus, Worth came away winners of the whole darn thing, beating No. 1-ranked Columbus in the process. Starting on Friday, Worth took care of Heard County relatively easily winning by a final of 11-2. Kimmy Lee was dominant for Worth, going 3-for-3 with two RBI -- including a monster home run in her first at-bat. Heather Ellis (2-for-4) also was hot at the plate, finishing with five RBI.

On Day 2, Worth steamrolled over Decatur, 11-4. Lee and Haley Ellis both went 2-for-4, combining for six RBI.

"We played so well the night before and it carried into the next morning," Worth coach Russ Beard said.

After that win vs. Decatur, which came in the semifinals, they only had a few hours before the took on the home team -- Columbus -- in the finals. And while the first two Worth wins had been blowouts, the finale wasn't decided until the last possible moment. The two teams had to go to extra innings and it ended when Morgan Bell drove in Brittany Cornell to give Worth the 8-7 victory.

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LEE COUNTY 8, HARDAWAY 0:

On Tuesday, Lee County lost to Hardway, 5-3, on the road in its season opener.

Thursday's rematch, however, was a different story.

Lee County shut Hardaway out to pick up its first victory of the year.

"It's nice to come back and beat them for our first win," said Lee County (1-1) coach Lynn Avery. "We are a young team."

Natalie Shriver and Lindsey Tompkins both went 2-for-3 with a double to help Lee get the win. Tompkins also pitched five innings and recorded three strikeouts.

Lee County's next opponent is Pacelli on Tuesday on the road.

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FULLINGTON 10, DEERFIELD 2: The blowout loss marks Deerfield's third consecutive loss of the season and puts the team's record at 0-3.

"We couldn't put the hits together when we needed so," Deerfield coach Meredith Gruhl said.

Deerfield was fueled by Gabby Burt's 2-for-3 hitting performance and a double by Bailey Cook. DWS' Lauren Fulford took the loss.

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TERRELL ACADEMY 15, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 5:

After losing to the same team on Tuesday, 7-5, the Lady Eagles (3-1) got payback.

"Our emotions picked up and we relied on that (to win)," said Terrell Academy coach Keith Jones, who watched his girls score four runs in the third inning to take full control of the games as they coasted to the dominating win. Carley Law (2-for-4) finished with four RBI, while Brittney Spilman(1-3) notched three RBI.

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Cross country

Deerfield and Southland kicked off the season Thursday, but watched Mount de Sales win both meets.

"We had a pretty solid showing," said Deerfield boys coach Aly Joslin whose team finish third overall, paced by two-time Herald Player of the Year for cross country, Taylor Withers, who finished fourth with a time of 18L52. Southland Senior Andres Charparro finished sixth (19:10) and was the Raiders' only Top 10 finisher.

On the other side, the Deerfield girls, coached by Kathy Jones, finished second overall. Madison Sauls (24:13) and Caroline Hawkins (24:14) ran exceptional and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Micaela Cuneo finished in a time of 25:24 for Deerfield to round off the Top 10 finishers.

Both teams are set to run again on Sept.28 at the Tattnall Invitational at Wesleyan College in Macon.