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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: SGA, Lee, Worth all win Wednesday

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAMASCUS -- Southwest Georgia Academy bounced back from its only loss of the season to beat Randolph Southern, 6-5, on Wednesday to improve to 9-1 on the year.

SGA scored the winning run in the bottom of the fourth when Bethany Bodrey led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on the throw to first after a dropped third strike. Bodrey led SGA with two hits and two RBI.

"All of our games have been close,'' SGA coach Tommy Manry said. "Of our 10 games, eight of them have been decided by two runs or less. We've had a lot of nailbiters.''

Manry didn't start his ace, Bailey Ponder, and used two freshmen -- Allison Houston and Addison Ponder -- on the mound for the first six innings.

"I thought the story of the game were the two freshmen pitchers,'' he said. "They didn't allow a walk and didn't allow an earned run. We gave up five unearned runs in one real bad defensive inning.''

Addison, Bailey's sister, retired all six batters she faced in the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to her big sister Bailey, who had a 1-2-3 seventh to nail down the game. Randolph Southern didn't start its ace either, but Madison Ragan entered in the fourth and gave up one unearned run the rest of the way.

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LEE COUNTY 8, CAIRO 0:

Lindsay Tompkins went the five-inning distance to post the shutout for Lee County, which improved to 6-3 for the year. Tompkins allowed just two hits while striking out five and walking just one to improve to 5-2 She also had a triple.

Brandi Blunt went 2-for-3 with a triple and Jordan Cheshire went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Lee County.

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WORTH COUNTY 13, AMERICUS SUMTER 0:

Worth County, ranked seventh in the state, opened Region 1-AAA play on Wednesday with a 13-0 win against Americus-Sumter in a three-inning game to improve to 11-1 for the year. Hayley Ellis went 2-for-3 with a home run, scored twice and drove in two runs. Kimmy Lee went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run, and Brittany Cornell drove in two runs. Lauren Potts, who was coming off a nine-strikeout, five RBI game on Tuesday, went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Morgan Bell pitched a one-hitter and struck out three over three innings of work.

Worth plays host to Dougherty at 4 p.m. today in another Region 1-AAA game.