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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Worth County, Lee County sweep region tourney doubleheaders

ALBANY — The Worth County softball team easily beat both Westover and Monroe on Tuesday in a pair of elimination games to advance to today’s Region 1-AAAA semifinal and clinch a spot in the Class AAAA state tournament.

With a 10-5 win against Westover and a 7-1 win against Monroe, the Lady Rams will play Cairo at 4 p.m. today at Gordon Sports Complex, with the winner advancing to the championship series against Crisp County later in the day.

Crisp defeated Cairo, 5-0, on Tuesday to advance to the finals and clinch at least a No. 2 seed in the upcoming state playoffs. Worth is guaranteed at least a No. 3 seed, and Monroe picked up the fourth and final seed for next week’s opening round.

Courtney Hamilton was the winning pitcher in both games for Worth County, which was led at the plate by Laylon Ivey, Lindsey Toneygay and Catiria Hall.

“They played well,” Worth County coach Suzanne Kluball said. “They came in a little shaky (Monday) and we came in (Tuesday) and made some corrections and hit the ball hard. Hopefully we can play some good ball (today) and get the No. 2 seed and have a chance at the No. 1 seed.”

Lee County starts region tourney with two wins

LEESBURG — Lee County opened the Region 1-AAAAA softball tournament with back-to-back shutout wins Tuesday to advance to today’s semifinal against Harris County.

Lee County (19-11) smashed Hardaway in its opener, 15-0, in three innings and then avenged a regular-season loss to Thomas County Central with a 5-0 victory to clinch a spot in the state playoffs.

The Lady Trojans play Harris County at 6 p.m. today and a victory will put Lee County in the Region 1-AAAAA championship series and guarantee Top-2 seed in the state playoffs. Bainbridge has one loss in the region tournament and will play Hardaway today in an elimination game.

In Lee County’s win against Hardaway, Danielle Davis and Ashley Morris combined to pitch a no-hitter, and Sydney McClain led the way at the plate with three hits. Morris, Ashley Nichols and Ally Clegg also had two hits apiece in the win.

In the Lady Trojans’ win against TCC, Clegg hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to push Lee County’s lead to 5-0, and Davis threw all seven inning and allowed two hits while striking out four. Morris also shined offensively against TCC with three hits.