PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Simply amazing: Worth's Ellis twins blast back-to-back HRs, including two GS, 14 RBI by Haley Ellis

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SYLVESTER -- In the words of Worth County assistant softball coach Will Smith, "That's gotta be some kinda record."

While we check on that, consider for a moment what it was that blew the minds of Smith and Lady Rams head coach Russ Beard on Thursday night during a 32-2 win against Monroe: Identical twins Haley and Heather Ellis hit four home runs -- Haley hit three all by herself, two of which were grand slams -- drove in 17 runs combined -- again, Haley had 14 of those -- combined for eight hits -- Haley had five, Heather three -- and for the second straight game, they hit back-to-back bombs batting from the Nos. 3 and 4 holes.

And by the way? The game only lasted three innings. And double-by-the-way? Both girls are juniors.

"Never, ever," Beard said when asked if he's ever seen, or heard of someone doing something like that in a game during his 10-year-coaching career. "I don't know (where it stands in terms of all-time records), but it definitely broke some schools records."

So what was the twins' take on their big night?

"It was great," Heather said.

Haley then added: "It was a big rush. A real big rush."

The win improved Worth's record to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 1-AAA play -- the best start since the fast pitch program was founded in 2000.

It should be noted that GHSA rules mandate that a varsity high school softball game must last three innings, and Beard said while he loved to watch his girls have a night that could likely make the high-school shout-out pages of Sports Illustrated, he hated to see the game get out of hand.

"You have to play three innings, and after we scored 21 in the first inning, we pulled (the first string) and took our kids out," Beard said. "We weren't trying to rub anyone's nose in it, but we have to play the game for three innings. (Monroe coach) Cecil Williams is a great guy and he does a nice job with their program, but again, we had to play three innings."

Worth scored 11 in the second inning and one in the third as Katlyn Parton was the only other Lady Ram with a multi-hit game (2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI).

After the dust settled and the twins -- who've been playing since they were 12 -- went home, the game was still a topic of conversation.

"We were just talking about it a minute ago," Haley said when reached by The Herald late Thursday. "Just about how one of us can't let the other one go up and hit a home run or the other one has to try to do it. I guess it's a sister-rivalry thing.

"When I hit the second grand slam, I was just trying to go to the gap and drive in some runs but I guess I had a good swing and got a good pitch to hit. I'm still in shock a little bit."

The back-to-back feat was also accomplished two nights ago in a 10-0 win against Class AAAAA Tift County.

Beard, meanwhile, says with the way his team is playing, "How can you not look forward to the rest of the season?"

Heather would agree.

"I think we definitely have a chance to go a long way -- maybe all the way," Heather said.



It doesn't get much better than this: A 14-hit, 15-run afternoon that was topped off with a walkoff home run and an unconventional no-hitter.

That's what Randolph Southern did to Crisp Academy Thursday afternoon in a 15-3 four-inning win that ended when Amber Boyett, who went 2-for-2, homered in the bottom of the fourth to end it.

Madison Ragan pitched a no-hitter, striking out seven to improve to 4-1. Ragan also went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double and drove in four runs. Elizabeth Lumpkin went 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in three runs. Gabi Jackson went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Lindsey Whatley went 2-for-2 with two RBI, and Britanny Holbrook went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Alana McCook had a triple as Randolph Southern banged out 14 hits.

"We just had a terrific day at the plate and our pitcher pitched a no-hitter,'' Randolph Southern coach Rand Ragan said. "It was a big region win for us.''

Randolph Southern is now 4-3 and 2-0 in Region 3-A, and plays Georgia Christian Tuesday in Dasher.



Southwest Georgia Academy stayed perfect in Region 3-AA with a 5-3 win against Terrell Academy, which dropped to 3-3 in the region race.

Thanks to a pair of double plays, Bailey Ponder faced only 26 TAE batters and improved to 10-1 for the season, holding the Lady Eagles to five hits. Ponder struck out four and walked one.

Madison Jackson went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for SGA, which had 14 hits. Heather Grebel went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, and Jenna Kitchings, Hayley Chappell and Morgan Everson all went 2-for 3.

Brittany Spillman went 2-for-3 for Terrell Academy.

SGA is now 5-0 in Region 3-AA and 12-1 for the season. The Lady Warriors play at Douglas on Tuesday against Citizens Christian Academy.


SOUTHLAND 13, Deerfield-Windsor 1, (4):

Tobi West went 3-for-4 and pitcher Alex Lindsey had three hits ad scored three runs for Southland. Sabrina Curry had a double and a triple for DWS.



Lee County lost a heartbreaker Thursday night on the road as Thomas County Central scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to edge the Lady Trojans in a Region 1-AAAA game.

"We made some good plays, but they outhit us and got their hits together,'' Lee County coach Lynn Avery said. "We just have to go back to work and work a little harder.''

Lee County (11-5 and 1-1 in the region) lost six starters and is fielding a young team this season, but the Lady Trojans had their moments. Reigning Herald Player of the Year Lindsay Tompkins pitched well enough to win, giving up only one earned run while striking out two. Brandi Blount had a single for Lee County and Jessi Jones had a double and drove in the only run for the Lady Trojans. Jones, a center fielder, also made the defensive play of the night, throwing out a runner at the plate.

Lee County will play host to Crisp on Tuesday.