SGA softball, 15-1, down to one game before state tournament

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

DAMASCUS -- There's just one game left before the Southwest Georgia Academy Lady Warriors begin their state tournament march.

And if the way they've been playing lately is any indication of how they'll do, the first GISA Class AA state crown could be headed back to Damascus.

The Lady Warriors improved to 15-1 overall Wednesday with an 8-5 win against Brookwood -- not to mention keeping their Region 2-AA record unblemished at 7-0 -- and now have just one game left to play today against Valwood before hosting the first round of the state tournament Oct. 2 at home. SGA's opponent will be Gatewood, which is the No. 4 seed out of Region 1.

Don't be fooled, however, by Gatewood's rank coming into the game, coach Tommy Manry said.

"Gatewood is coming out of one of the toughest regions in the state," said Manry, whose team won its first region title in school history last week. "Any other conference they're in, they'd be a No. 1 1 or 2."

On Wednesday, junior ace Bailey Ponder struck out 13, allowed just two hits and no earned runs -- extending her streak to 28 innings without giving one up. Seven errors in the field cost SGA five runs, but

Manry said it was their "worst day" on defense all season and plans to fix those mistakes before next week. The error-filled outing came just three days after SGA played masterfully against one of the best teams in Class AA, Windsor Academy, which the Lady Warriors shut out, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.

The bats of SGA, however, were as hot as ever as Jenna Kitchens went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Morgan Hilton was also 3-for-4, Heather Grebel was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Morgan Everson had two hits.