RICHMOND HILL — The Lee County softball team split with Richmond Hill in Wednesday’s opening round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs and will play a third and deciding game at 2:30 p.m. today with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
The No. 3 seed Lady Trojans won the opener 13-5 behind a three-run homer from Ashley Clegg, a solo homer from Jamie McPherson and a solid pitching performance from Danielle Davis. Ashley Nichols and Ashley Morris also picked up two hits apiece for Lee.
No. 2 seed Richmond Hill, however, limited Lee County to two hits in the second game and cruised to a 5-0 victory. Chelsea Morrow was the losing pitcher for the Lady Trojans.
WILD NIGHT IN WORTH: Lindsey Toneygay hit a walk-off home run for Worth County in Game 1 of the opening-round series against Cross Creek, capping a dramatic comeback for the No. 1 seed Lady Rams, who lost Game 2 and will play a winner-take-all Game 3 at 4:30 p.m. today.
Worth County entered the bottom of the seventh in the opening game trailing by four runs, but Laylon Ivey hit a two-out, two-run double and then on the very next pitch Toneygay belted a ball over the centerfield wall to win the first game, 8-7.
Cross Creek won the second game late Wednesday, 4-2.
CRISP SWEEPS: The Crisp County softball team continued its remarkable season Wednesday with a two-game sweep of Liberty County in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
The No. 1 seed Lady Cougars outscored No. 4 Liberty 15-0 in the two games and allowed just four hits to advance to the second round for the second straight year.
Crisp won the opener 2-0 behind pitcher Meagan Coleman, who struck out 12 and allowed three walks and two hits. Shane Phinney and Torie Holmes each had RBIs, and Julia Davis scored both runs.
In the second game, Crisp easily won, 13-0, and pounded out 12 hits. Phinney was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts, two walks and two hits.
Leading the way at the plate for the Lady Cougars were Lauren Clements (3-4, 2 2Bs, 3B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Holmes (2-4), Phinney (2-3) and Bailey Leger (2-3).
Crisp will play the winner of Locust Grove and Perry in the second round Oct. 23 to 24.
MONROE SWEPT: The No. 4 seed Lady Tornadoes were swept in the opening round with two losses to No. 1 South Effingham. Final stats were not available for Monroe, which ends its season after earning a playoff spot by finishing fourth in last week’s Region 1-AAAA tournament.