PREP ROUNDUP: DWS girls cross country opens season with win

AMERICUS -- The Deerfield-Windsor girls cross country team kicked off its season with a first-place finish in this past weekend's GISA meet at Southland.

Deerfield senior Mackenzie Davis, who is a transfer from Mountain View High School in Virginia, won the girls meet with a time of 20:11. The Lady Knights finished with 33 points, 16 ahead of second-place Southland. Tiftarea Academy finished third in the girls meet with 59 points.

Tiftarea won the boys meet with 21 points, followed by Southland (50) and Deerfield (53).

SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Randolph So., Westwood, SGA all win Tuesday; Terrell Academy falls

SHELLMAN -- Madison Ragan pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief to lead the Randolph Southern softball team to a 15-7 five-inning win against Terrell Academy on Tuesday.

Randolph Southern (2-1) and Terrell Academy were tied after two innings, but then Lady Patriots starter Alana McCook was relived by Ragan, who shut down Terrell Academy, allowing one hit and striking out nine.

Senior Brittany Holbrook led the Lady Patriots at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and five RBI. Also for Randolph Southern, Ragan had a triple and two RBI; Beth Clark had a double; and Gabi Jackson was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Brittney Spilman led Terrell Academy with two RBI.

WESTWOOD ROUTS DWS: The Deerfield-Windsor pitching staff struggled with its control Tuesday, and Westwood's softball team took advantage.

The Lady Wildcats won the five-inning game, 17-5, and most of their runs were aided by walks and wild pitches. Westwood scored seven runs in the second inning and was paced by Hope Bailey, who had an RBI double in the second and finished 2-for-4 with four runs.

Amber Young led Deerfield at the plate with two hits and a pair of runs.

SGA 7, FULLINGTON 4: Bailey Ponder, who has been suffering from some back problems, pitched her first game of the season, and went the distance, giving up just one earned run while striking out nine. She didn't walk anyone.

Ponder had a couple of hits, including a double, and also drove in a run for SGA, which pounded out 14 hits and improved to 2-0. Ponder's sister Addison Ponder had two hits, and Baylee Everson and Hayley Chappell had two hits each. Leadoff hitter Jenna Kitchings went 3-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run, and Kynbal Carver had a three-run double.

SGA faces Brentwood in the first round at 6 p.m. on Friday of the LaGrange Tournament.

TIFTAREA 13, TERRELL ACADEMY 7 -- LATE MONDAY: Terrell Academy fought back from a 6-1 deficit and took a 7-6 lead into the sixth before Tiftarea exploded for seven runs to hand TAE (1-1) its first loss Monday.

Brittany Spilman had four hits, and Cassidy Pickle and Oliva Rogers had two hits each to lead TAE.