PREP ROUNDUP: Area X-country runners shine at Monroe Invitational; Lee softball crushes Bainbridge

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Ericka Taylor and Greg Thorne led the way as Westover's girls and boys cross-country teams swept the Monroe Invitational on Thursday at the course at Robert Cross Middle School.

Taylor won the girls title in a time of 20:50, while the Westover girls won the meet easily with 23 points as five Lady Patriots finished in the top 10. Elizabeth Golinski (second), Asia Bell (fourth), Radhika Patel (seventh) and Elizabeth Brown (tenth) ran away with the team title for Westover.

Thorne won the boys title in 17:13, and six Patriots finished in the Top 10 as Westover finished the race with a team-low 21 points. Baconton Charter's Bryton Wenzel was second in the boys race before the Westover rush took over: Cole Koster (third), Sagar Patel (fourth), Josh Mason (fifth), Kentavious Harris (eighth) and Tim Vaiculevich (10th) gave Westover the team title.

Albany High's Jessica Burnette (eighth) and Kairsha Jackson (10th) paced the Squaws. The only other area runner to finish in the Top 10 was Early County's Michael Johns, who finished seventh in the boys race.

Colquitt County finished second in both the boys and girls races. Monroe (132) was third in the girls race with Albany High (146) finishing fourth. Baconton Charter was fifth (152), Early County finished sixth (180), Seminole (270) was ninth, followed by Worth County (312).

Early County (116) was third in the boys race, followed by Monroe (121) and Albany (167). Baconton Charter was sixth (194), Seminole County was seventh (208), Dougherty was ninth (258) and Terrell County was 10th in the boys team competition.



BAINBRIDGE -- The Lee County softball team moved to 2-1 in subregion play with a 12-0 walloping of Bainbridge on Thursday night in just four innings.

Lindsay Tompkins, the reigning Herald Player of the Year for softball, was lights out, giving up just one hit and striking out four, while also going 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI from the plate. Tompkins improved to 12-5 on the season, while Lee is now 14-5 overall with its only region loss coming to TCC. The Lady Yellow Jackets visit Leesburg on Thursday in a key rematch.

"It was a good win," Lee County coach Lynn Avery said. "Lindsay played a heck of a game. All the girls did, really."

Tompkins' teammates were just as impressive Thursday as Hailey Scott finished 2-for-4, Natalie Shiver went 1-for-3 with two RBI, Jessie Jones was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Jordan Cheshire rounded out the top hitters by going 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Lee County's next game is at Crisp County on Tuesday.



The Lady Eagles beat their cross-town rival for the second time this year to close out their regular-season schedule at 15-4 overall.

The win, however, now paves the way for a three-way tiebreak Tuesday for first place in GISA Region 2-AAA between Sherwood, Southland and Tiftarea. The winner will be champs and host in the first round of state.

Anna Laine Brock, Sherwood's freshman ace, struck out 10 batters and improved to 14-4 on the season. Kaylee Dixon was 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Casie Wright and Mary Margaret Charles both smacked doubles.

Sabrina Curry had DWS' only extra-base hit with a double.



Madison Ragan and Madison Langford combined to pitch a no-hitter, although the game only lasted three innings thanks to the big bats of two seniors: Lindsey Whatley (2-for-5, 5 RBI) and Amber Boyette (1-for-2, 2 RBI).

"It was a special day for those girls because they are my only two seniors and this is their last (regular-season) game at home," Randolph coach Rand Ragan said. "I was glad to see them go out the way they did."

Of course, Randolph Southern -- the No. 1 team in the GISA Class A coaches poll in Georgia -- will get to host the second round of state Oct. 6 against Thomas Jefferson after the Lady Pats locked up the region title -- their first in school history -- last week. Randolph gets a first-round bye.

Thursday's win improved the Lady Pats' record to 8-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in region.

Also having a solid day at the plate was Brittany Holbrook, who hit a triple and notched four RBI.



The Worth Lady Rams took a giant step to being the No. 1 seed and playing host to the Region 1-AAA tournament by beating second-place Crisp. The win gives Worth (22-2 and 5-0 in Region 1-AAA) sole possession of first place in the region.

Madison Bell went the distance, striking out four and allowing just five hits and two runs. The Lady Rams went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position and gave Bell a 6-0 lead before Crisp finally scored late in the game.

Kelly Weaver led the way with a 2-for-3 game with three RBI. The Ellis twins -- Heather and Haley -- combined for five hits. Heather went 3-for-4, drove in a run and scored three times, and Haley went 2-for-4.

Kimmy Lee went 2-for-4 and Kaitlyn Parton went 2-for-4.