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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Crisp County softball downs Worth for region title

ALBANY — Crisp County used 12 hits and took advantage of five Worth County errors to win 8-2 and take the Region 1-AAAA tournament title Wednesday night at Gordon Sports Complex.

The Lady Cougars (20-10) broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning. Crisp loaded the bases and scored a run when Shane Phinney reached on an error, then used an RBI single from Bailey Leger to score two runs to take a 6-2 advantage.

Meagan Coleman earned the victory on the mound for Crisp. Julia Davis paced the Lady Cougar attack with three hits, while Lauren Clements, Torie Holmes and Leger finished with two hits each.

“We’re extremely happy and proud of our girls,” Crisp County coach Ben Robbins said. “It wasn’t our cleanest game we’ve played this year, but our girls found a way to get the job done.”

Lindsey Toneygay went 3-for-3 for the Lady Rams (17-17), who earned the region’s No. 2 seed in the state tournament, which begins next week.

“We played good ball, and we had a lot of opportunities,” Worth coach Suzanne Kluball said. “Our girls were hitting well. We just weren’t getting the big hits. Crisp is a good team, and I believe we’ll both represent our region very well.”

Worth advanced to the championship game by defeating Cairo 19-11 earlier in the day. Pitcher Courtney Hamilton earned the victory, hurling a complete game. Laylon Ivey, Catiria Hall and Toneygay had three hits each to pace Worth’s 18-hit attack.

Lee County falls to Harris County

LEESBURG — Harris County limited Lee County to just two hits to take a 9-1 victory in the semifinals of the Region 1-AAAAA Tournament on Wednesday.

The Lady Trojans (19-12) will meet Thomas County Central at 4 p.m. today with the winner earning no lower than the No. 2 seed in the first round of the GHSA state softball tournament next week. The winner will meet Harris County for the region title later in the day. The Lee/TCC winner would have to beat Harris twice to capture the region crown.

“I told our girls that what happened (on Wednesday), we need to leave it on the field,” Lee County softball coach Dewayne Suggs said. “(Today) is a new day. If we can play like we’re capable of playing, it could be a new beginning into the state playoffs.”

Harris built a 6-0 lead before Lee scored its lone run on an RBI single from Amanda Kelly, scoring pinch-runner McKenzie Lacey. Catcher Caitlyn Lawton has Lee’s other hit.

“It was a down night for us,” Suggs said. “We have a lot of youth, but we ran into a good team (Wednesday).”