Randolph Southern softball wins first region title in school history

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

SHELLMAN -- The Randolph Southern girls softball program, which made the switch to fast pitch a decade ago like many of the rest of Southwest Georgia's teams, won its first Region 2-A title in school history Tuesday night with a hard-fought 9-8 victory against Crisp Academy.

"I feel lucky to have such a great group of girls but unfortunately I think they celebrated by going home and studying for their quiz (today)," first-year Randolph Southern coach Rand Ragan said with a laugh.

Madison Ragan, the coach's daughter, was the winning pitcher on this momentous occasion, striking out nine batters and also going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Parker Rigsby was also 2-for-3 as she blasted a triple and notched an RBI and Alana McCook was 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI. Other Lady Patriots who contributed from the plate included Amber Boyette (1-for-2, double, RBI) and Gaby Jackson (1-for-4, two RBI).

The win, which improved Randolph's overall record to 7-3 and a perfect 5-0 in region play, now means that the Lady Pats will host the second round of the GISA Class A state tournament in Shellman on Oct. 6 after they receive a bye in the first round.



Lindsay Tompkins struck out four and also had a hit as the Lady Trojans were limited to just four base knocks, but found a way to win to improve to 13-5 overall by going ahead 3-0 in the third inning and never looking back.

Alyson Marshall, Natalie Shiver and Hailey Scott had Lee's other three hits.



Haley Ellis and Lauren Potts both homered as the Lady Rams avenged one of just two losses all season Tuesday. Kimberly Lee added a triple as Worth improved to 21-2 overall.



The Lady Eagles improved to 14-4 on the season as pitcher Anna Laine Brock (13-4) gave up one hit and had four strikeouts in the win, while Jordan Cox (3-for-3) and Paiton Couch (home run, 3 RBI) paced the offense for the Lady Eagles.

Sherwood's next game is Thursday at Deerfield-Windsor -- its last region game of the season.