ASU softball coach Robert Skinner was beside himself Thursday after losing in the first round of the conference tourney, despite coming in as the No. 1 seed.
HAMPTON — One day after losing its conference tournament opener to Fort Valley State for the second consecutive year, the Albany State softball team kept its season alive with an 11-0 victory against Benedict.
Now playing in the loser’s bracket, the Lady Rams got a combined one-hit shutout from Alexa Lopez and Ambrionna Atkism Friday morning shortly before rain postponed the remaining games for the day.
ASU will now play at 9 a.m. today against Kentucky State in another elimination game.
“We played better (Friday),” ASU coach Robert Skinner said. “Benedict is not the caliber team that Fort Valley is. We hit the ball just as well as we did (Thursday), and pitching was about the same. But we played with more confidence.”
Lopez threw three innings of hitless softball, and then Atkism threw the final two innings in relief and allowed just one hit.
Atkism, Kandis Banks and Chelsea Hicks all hit home runs for the Rams, while Albany native Domonique Bryant was 3-for-4 with two doubles.
GSW golfers prepare for PBC tournament
PINE MOUNTAIN — The Peach Belt men’s golf championships will begin today in Pine Mountain, and the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes are looking to continue one of the best seasons in program history.
The Hurricanes, who are ranked No. 22 in the nation, are among four PBC teams with stroke averages below 297.
This season, GSW has found success through parity, getting low scores from different golfers in the past three tournaments.
The Hurricanes, who are also ranked seventh in the southeast in NCAA Division II, are led by former Lee County golfer Nate Gahman, who leads the team with a 73.63 scoring average over 24 rounds this spring.
He has finished in the Top 10 in three tournaments and fired a low round of 69 at the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate in Fleming Island, Fla., on Feb. 11. Gahman has the fifth-lowest scoring average in the PBC.
Also playing for GSW, which is in its first season under coach Darcy Donaldson, are J.P. Griffin, Matthew Whittaker, Andrew Ritchot and Anders Olsson.
DWS girls shut out SCA, 4-0, to end regular season
ALBANY — Casey Kincheloe scored three goals Friday to lead the Deerfield girls soccer team to a 4-0 victory against rival Sherwood at Darton State College.
Haley Kincheloe also scored for the Lady Knights, who got a shutout from keeper Lexie Harrison.
It was the last regular season game for both teams.
WESTOVER FALLS: The Westover girls soccer team lost to Cairo, 4-2, in Friday’s Region 1-AAAA title game.
Jasmine Young and Nellie Young each scored for the Lady Patriots, but two own goals from Westover proved to be the difference in the game.
Katie Brown also had one assist.
The Lady Patriots (13-3, 12-2) are off until April 30 when the begin play in the state tournament.