After throwing two no-nos last season, Randolph Southern's Madison Ragan threw her first Tuesday in a win against Georgia Christian.
SHELLMAN — Randolph Southern’s Madison Ragan pitched a no-hitter Tuesday and struck out 11 to lead the Lady Patriots past Georgia Christian, 6-0, in their GISA Region 3-A opener.
The Lady Patriots, who improved to 2-1 overall, were led at the plate by Braylie Blanton (2-for-3, HR), Madison Langford (2-for-3) and Ragan (1-for-2, 2B).
Ragan is coming off one of the best seasons of any player in Southwest Georgia and was runner-up for The Herald’s Player of the Year. To go along with her staggering 1.07 ERA, two no-hitters, three one-hitters and 168 strikeouts, she hit .736 with nine homers and 35 RBI with an .842 on-base percentage and only struck out once all year.
LEE COUNTY 3, CRISP COUNTY 0: The Lady Trojans’ season opener also represented a milestone victory for the program since it moved to fastpitch 11 years ago.
“It’s our 200th win in fastpitch,” Lee County coach Lynn Avery said. “We’ve been rained out and trying to get a game in (to start our season), so it’s good to start with a win and hit that milestone.”
Erin Callaway picked up the win, allowing just four hits in seven innings. Leading the way at the plate was Brandi Blount, who went 2-for-3.
Lee next plays Seminole County today in Donalsonville.
SGA 12, SOUTHLAND 9: Southwest Georgia Academy (7-4) scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Southland, 12-9, Tuesday on the road as the Lady Warriors have looked more like the Road Warriors of late.
“We’ve played 11 games in nine days and only one of those was at home,’’ said SGA coach Tommy Manry, whose team travels to LaGrange for two games on Saturday. “I’ll be glad when we play some home games starting next week.’’
Southland sent the game into extra innings with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to knot things at 8-8, but then Allison Warner came on in relief to shut the door and earn the win. Warner had a two-run single in the eighth and went 2-for-5 with a triple and drove in four runs.
Katy Carver had an RBI double in the eighth and also went 2-for-5, and Kelly Whitaker had two hits, including an RBI single in the eighth. Brooke Hornsby went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs.
SHERWOOD 4, WINDSOR 1: Anna Laine Brock was on fire again Tuesday as she struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort to keep Sherwood (3-0) unbeaten.
Amber Olson (double, RBI, two runs) and Jamie McPherson (RBI) led the way at the plate, while Marylen Kennedy and Caylee Parr each scored runs.