PREP ROUNDUP: Southland, DWS shine at weekend Fish Camp Frolic X-country meet; SGA softball clinches region title, while SCA avenges loss to Southland

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- A whopping 384 runners from 18 GISA schools converged on Albany this past weekend as nearly every team in Region 3-AAA (except Westfield's girls) participated in the Deerfield-Windsor Fish Camp Frolic, which offers one of the flattest courses during the GISA season.

Sweeping the boys and girls meets were Mount de Sales, while the Deerfield boys finished fourth and the Southland girls took second and the DWS girls fourth.

Brandon Lasater (Mount de Sales) took the varsity boys race with a time of 17:23 (5:36) on the 5K course, while Carson DeMille (Mount de Sales) took the varsity girl's race with a time of 22:27 on the same course.

The top finisher for Southland's boys was Andres Charparro (19:10) in sixth place as the Raiders finished ninth. The Top DWS runner was Taylor Withers at 20:55 in 14th overall.

The top runners for Southland's girls were Mary Catherine Calcutt (third overall, 23:00), followed by Tanzy Hogsed (4th, 23:34). Sherwood also had a strong runner, Katie Meagher, who finished eighth with a time of 24:19. The top DWS girls were Madison Sauls (12th, 25:02) and Micaela Cuneo (14th, 25:12).

This was the eighth year the recently-renamed Fish Camp Frolic was held overall, but just the second at the Fish Camp on Gillionville Road. Before that it was known as the "Somewhere in Calhoun County Meet" due to its obscure location between Dickey and Edison.


PREP SOFTBALL: SGA finally the bride, instead of bride's made, in region race

DOUGLAS -- It came without the screaming, shouting or dancing on the diamond -- all acts that usually goes hand-in-hand with winning a softball region title.

But none of that surprised Southwest Georgia Academy softball coach Tommy Manry, who watched his kids clinch the Region 3-AA title with a 6-2 win against Citizens Christian Academy on Tuesday afternoon.

"The is the quietest, most low-key bunch I have ever coached,'' said Manry, who has coached softball for 26 years and baseball for 28. They just said, 'Hey, we won the region title.' We were so drained we (celebrated by) stopping in Tifton and going to Chick-fil-A. They don't talk much. They do all their talking with their bats and gloves.''

They certainly do.

SGA is 13-1 for the season and 6-0 in the region with two games left. Citizens Christian is now 4-2 with both losses coming to the Lady Warriors, who not only won the first region fast-pitch softball title in the history of the school, but won the first girls region title in any sport in the past eight years.

"That's one in a row,'' said Manry, whose teams had tied Tiftarea, now a AAA team, for the region title three times over the past six years. "We tied them, and then lost a one-game playoff all three times.''

SGA was led by the usual suspects: Bailey Ponder tossed a three-hitter and didn't allow an earned run or a walk while striking out five to improve to 11-1. She also had an RBI double.

Madison Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Jenna Kitchings went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hayley Chappel had a big two-run double in the third to lift SGA to a 2-0 lead.



The Lady Eagles, thanks to the big bat and stingy defense of Kaylee Dixon, avenged one of their only three losses on the season Tuesday.

Dixon was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, but also made two huge stops in the fourth inning when the Lady Raiders threatened to turn the game from a close one into a blowout.

"This one feels better than the first one," Sherwood coach Greg Richter said. "The girls played extremel y hard and between the pitching of Anna Laine (Brock) and Kaylee's bat and play in the field, we got it done."

Brock, who has already pitched two no-hitters this season, allowed just one run and struck out five. She also scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Dixon's double, as well as SCA's first run of the game. Brock's ERA is now a staggering .069.

Southland's only run was scored by Toby West, who also tripled in that same inning to get on base.

Sherwood is now 12-3 on the season and 4-1 in region play.



Leading 6-0 heading into the final innings, the Lady Trojans lost the shutout -- but not the win. Lindsay Tompkins, The Herald's reigning Player of the Year, allowed just four hits and struck out one, while walking two as the Lady Trojans pounded out nine hits. Brandi Blount had a triple, Hailey Scott was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Natalie Shiver was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Jessi Jones was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Also, Paiton Cromer was 2-for-3.

"We hit the ball real well and came out real focused after our last game (a sub-region loss to Thomas County Central) last week," Lee County coach Lynn Avery said of her team, which is now 12-5 overall. "I was real proud of this win."

Lee's next game will be at home against Cairo on Tuesday.



Deerfield was led by Sabrina Curry, who had a single and a double in the loss. The Lady Knights are still looking for their first win of the season, and play Calvary Christian at 4:30 pm. on Thursday in Columbus.



Lady Patriots ace Madison Ragan pitched the opening inning, giving up one run, then gave way to eighth-grader Madison Langford after Randolph Southern built a 7-1 lead after the first inning. Langford responded to her opportunity to shine by throwing a one-hit shutout the rest of the way as the Lady Pats improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in region.

"I was real proud of my eighth grader because I didn't know what to expect when I put her out there (in a real game situation) like that," Randolph coach Rand Ragan said. "I was impressed."

Also impressing were Parker Rigsby (2-for-2, 2 RBI), Lindsey Whatley (2-for-2) and Brittany Holbrook (double, 2 RBI). Madison Ragan, the team's most dangerous threat at the plate, was walked three times and flied out once.