LEESBURG — The bracket in the Class AAAAA state playoffs was unkind to Lee County and the teams that came out of Region 1-AAAAA.
The Lady Trojans put together a memorable season and were the region runner-up, but all the teams from Region 1-AAAAA had to face the four playoff qualifiers from Region 4-AAAAA in the first round — and all four teams were ranked in the Top 10 in the state.
Lee lost two games to No. 8-ranked Ola on Wednesday on a day when Lee County pitched and played well enough in the field to advance. But the Lady Trojans came up short against back-to-back tremendous pitching performances from Ola, which won the first game, 2-0. Ola then held off Lee in the nightcap, 1-0, on a run in the bottom of the seventh when a bloop hit to short left field brought in the winning runs.
Erin Callaway went the distance in both games for Lee and gave up only one earned run all day — on the flare in the bottom of the seventh. She gave up two hits in the opener and eight hits in the second game.
The Lady Trojans (18-16) got singles from Danielle Davis and Ashley Morris in the first game and from Brandi Bount in the second game.
“Erin Callaway did a great job,’’ Lee County coach Lee Avery said. “And we played really well. We just didn’t get the hits we needed. I can’t say enough good things about them. Erin pitched two great games, but we fell a little short.’’
WORTH SPLITS: The Worth County softball team split a pair of games with Spalding in its Class AAAA first-round playoff series and will play a winner-take-all game at 5 p.m. today.
Worth won the opener, 6-0, and then lost, 12-0, in four innings in Game No. 2.
In the opener, Worth was led by Abby Thompson, who was 1-for-3 with a 2-run double. Chanelle Hall was 2-for-4, and Kaitlyn Walters and Marissa Moreland each added RBIs.
Courtney Hamilton pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
In the second game, Worth managed just one hit — a single by Lindsey Toneygay.
Hamilton and Walters combined to allow eight hits and 10 earned runs.
Westover dominates Albany XC invitational
ALBANY — Eight boys teams and four girls teams ran at Robert Cross Middle School on Wednesday in the Albany Cross Country Invitational, but nobody could catch either of the Westover squads.
The Patriots had 20 points, while the Lady Patriots won with a near-perfect 19 points.
Westover’s Josh Mason won the boys’ meet and was joined by five other teammates in the Top 10: Clay Sheffield (3rd), Jack Plowden (4th), Tevin Mack (5th), Gyasi Young (7th) and Marquis Jones (8th).
Colquitt County finished second in the boys meet, followed by, respectively, Americus-Sumter, Lee County, Terrell County, Dougherty, Albany and Seminole County.
Westover’s Ericka Taylor won the girls meet and was joined in the Top 10 by teammates Kelsey Russell (3rd), Toiannah Campbell (4th), Chiarra Palazzolo (5th), Caitlin Cainion (6th), Shamicah Tardy (7th), Kaitlyn Forehand (8th) and Kateria Taylor (10th).
Colquitt County was runner-up in the boys meet, while Albany came in third and Terrell County finished fourth.
Easter Seals hosts local Duathlon
ALBANY — Easter Seals hosted its second annual Heels & Wheels Duathlon Challenge on Sept. 29 at the YMCA’s Sports Park.
The race consisted of a two-mile run, an 11-mile bike ride and another two-mile run. The event benefited Megan’s House, a respite home for children ranging from infancy to 17-years-old who have developmental disabilities, autism or are medically fragile.
Brian Hickey was the overall winner with a time of 1:00:07. Anna Champion placed first for the females with a time of 1:05:43.
Other first-place winners included the following: Male Masters, Steven Aylesworth; Male 25-29, Kenneth Hanning; Male 30-34. Justin Paul; Male 40-44, Robert Byrd; Male 50-54, Jerome Douglas; Male 55-60, Don Varnadore; Female Masters, Karen Hamby; Female 30-34, Elaine Mabrey; Female 35-40, Deanna Julian; Female 40-44, Amanda Morris; Female 45-50, Lisa Clark; Female 50-54, Cindy Beck; Female 65-70, Marianna Brand.
In the Clydesdale division, Ken Malek placed first for the men, while Sabina Patton placed first for the women in the Athena division. In the Fat Tire division, Nick Friend won for the men, and Sandy Smith placed first for the women. The Military Male winner was Walt Ingram. The novice winners were John Crongeyer and Tobilyn Hornick.
The first place relay team included Michaela Satchell, Donovan Satchell and Michael Satchell.
Douglas places 3rd in world tournament
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kate Douglas, a fifth-grader at Lake Park Elementary School, placed third out of 49 in her grade division in the recent National Archery in the Schools Program world tournament.
Douglas and more than 1,200 student archers from around world competed in the event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Douglas also placed 19th out of 244 in the elementary girls division and 69th out of 526 in the overall girls division.
The Lake Park Archery team is preparing for its upcoming season, which begins January in LaGrange. The team is coached by Jeremy McKinley and is made up of 23 archers ranging from third- to fifth-grade.