Worth softball has solid weekend in Cordele; SGA loses first game of year

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CORDELE -- The boys football team isn't the only one winning at Worth County these days -- the girls are doing just fine.

The Worth County softball team swept all of its games at the Watermelon Classic in Cordele this past weekend, winning its pool in the 12-team tournament in the process.

The Lady Rams (10-1) first defeated Tifton, 5-0, then beat Schley County, 6-4. Pitcher Lauren Potts won the game against Schley and drove in three runs. Worth County was down 4-1 in that game before Potts hit a bases-clearing triple that bounced off the outfield wall.

Head coach Russell Beard said that play propelled the team to its next two victories -- 5-1 against Jackson and 5-2 against Turner County.

Hayley Ellis hit a home run in the game against Turner County.

Worth County also was leading Americus, 7-0, Saturday, but the game was called on account of rain.

"Overall it was great team play by everybody," Beard said. "Everybody contributed and did their job. We have great hitting and our defense is as good as anybody. Our girls really (work hard)."

Coaches are noticing.

The Lady Rams were No. 7 in the GACA Coaches Poll for AAA for Week 2, the highest ranking for Worth County softball since the team made the Elite Eight two years ago.



DAMASCUS -- Southwest Georgia Academy's softball team finally lost a game, falling 3-2 to Tiftarea on Monday.

The loss ended the best start in the history of the program -- an 8-0 beginning they will never forget.

"We finally ran out of big hits that we've been getting with runners in scoring position,'' said SGA coach Tommy Manry. "We've been finding a way to get them all year, but not (on Monday).''

SGA beat Tiftarea in extra innings earlier this season, so Manry expected a good game.

His kids played well until Tiftarea broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth.

Jenna Kitchens had two

hits, while Heather Grebel and Hayley Chappel also had two hits and each drove in a run. Bailey Ponder lost for the first time. She is 7-1.

SGA plays Randolph-Southern at home at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.