Pitching problems also put runners in scoring position in the second after Gabbi Helton led off with a single and Jamison Payne drew a walk. Payne was erased on Thomas’ grounder to short, but Helton scored to make it 2-0.
Coahulla Creek answered in the second as Sydney Ross drew a walk to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a groundout. She scored when Makenzie Eaton beat out a grounder.
Souther singled in the top of the third and later came around to score on Payne’s single to right, making the score 3-1, and from there Baggett found her stride in the circle. After giving up a single to Shelbe Dilbeck to start the third, she struck out the next three batters and didn’t give up a hit the rest of the game.
Northwest put the game away in the fourth, taking advantage of a Coahulla Creek error by following it with back-to-back doubles from Ashley Conner and Macy Weeks before Souther connected on her homer. Conner and Helton each finished 2-for-3, while Hannah Godfrey was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Despite the loss, Swiney was impressed with his team, which jumps into Region 5-3A play today at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The game is scheduled for 5:55 p.m., but Swiney said the first pitch time could be moved up because of the weather.
“That is by far the best hitting team that we will face all year long,” Swiney said of the Lady Bruins. “We have to cut down on the walks and the errors, but they fought against one of the best teams in the state. One thing I really like about this group is they give total effort, and it was that same mentality tonight even when we got down.”
• Murray County 3, Pickens 0: The strong pitching that has led the Lady Indians during the early part of the season continued, with Whitney Gribble throwing a four-hit shutout while striking out seven in the road win.
Lindsey Dunn finished 2-for-4 with a two-RBI double for Murray County (4-2). Aubrie Osborne finished 2-for-4 and Ariel Smith scored once and drove in another run. Ashley Harrison and Cassidy Callahan scored the other two runs.
In the Lady Indians’ four wins, they’ve allowed a combined five runs. In the two losses, opponents have scored 14 runs.
Despite having a winning record, the team’s run differential is 19-19.
“Our hitting will come around,” Murray County coach Sandra Johnston said. “We keep playing hard and playing together, and so far we’ve won more than we’ve lost.”