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THURSDAY'S PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Lee County softball holds on to beat Hardaway, 4-3

Sherwood stays unbeaten in region

DAMASCUS – Anna Laine Brock dominated on the mound and led the Sherwood softball team to a 3-1 victory Thursday against Southwest Georgia Academy.

The victory, which snapped a lengthy SGA winning streak, kept the Lady Eagles (8-3, 5-0) in first place in GISA Region 2-AAA.

Brock was the winning pitcher and allowed three hits and struck out 10.

She dueled with SGA pitcher Allison Warren for much of the game, but Sherwood runs from Christina Charles, Aubrey Green and Keyada Thomas gave the Lady Eagles enough cushion.

Baylee Everson had two singles for SGA (18-6, 3-2) and scored the Lady Warriors’ only run.

Green, Marylen Kennedy and Thomas had key hits for Sherwood.

COLUMBUS — Lauren Davis made two highlight film catches in the outfield, including a game-saver in the bottom of the seventh, and Lee County hung on to beat Hardaway, 4-3, in a crucial Region 1-AAAAA game on the road in Columbus Thursday night.

The Lady Trojans trailed 1-0 until they exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh, and then Erin Callaway, who went the distance, nailed down the win after Hardaway came back to close to 4-3 and loaded the bases.

The last out came on a grounder to third baseman Ashley Nichols, who threw across the diamond to finally end it.

Lee County (12-8 and now 2-1 in the region race) got the big inning started when Payton Cromer reached first on an error. Danielle Davis singled, and Callaway drove in two runs with a shot in the left-field gap. Caitlyn Lawton drove in Callaway to make it a 3-1 game and Jenna Kitchings drove in the final run with a single.

Ashley Morris also had a triple earlier in the game for the Lady Trojans, who scored four runs on just five hits. Callaway allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four and walked four to get the win.

Lee County hosts Worth County at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

DOUGHERTY 18, ALBANY HIGH 4 (6 innings): The Lady Trojans stayed hot, winning their ninth game in a row in a rout over city-rival Region 1-AAAA rival Albany High.

Reshonda Taylor had an inside-the-park homer and went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs, and Sha’Shun Johnson had an inside-the-park homer and went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs for Dougherty.

Ra’Keta Shelton had a single and double and drove in two runs, and Amber Ward had two doubles and drove in two runs. De’Shaara Brunson went the six-inning distance and struck out three to improve to 8-0. Dougherty is now 4-1 in Region 1-AAAA play and 9-3 for the season. The Lady Trojans host Mitchell County at 5 p.m. Monday.

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 15, WESTWOOD 2 (5 innings): Randolph Southern ace Madison Ragan pitched only three innings, but struck out seven while not allowing a hit to pick up the win. She also hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Parker Rigsby had a single, double and drove in a run and Beth Clark had two singles and three RBI. Dana McCarter had a single and a double for the Lady Patriots, who improved to 9-2 and 7-0 in region play.

Westwood pitcher Claire Collins struck out three for the Lady Wildcats and also had a single. Westwood is now 8-5 overall, 5-3 in the region and hosts Terrell Academy on Monday.

Randolph Southern plays at Georgia Christian at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

TERRELL ACADEMY 17, DEERFIELD-WINDSOR 10: Hannah Mills and Browning Lane both went 2-for-4 for Deerfield (3-9) and Mills drove in two runs. TAE was led by Mara Milliron, Lauralee Flournoy and Olivia Rogers, who were all 3-for-5 at the plate. Rogers drove in two runs.