This was her first game since Monday’s perfect game against Southeast.
While she only needed one run, Northwest gave her an extra one in the fourth without the ball leaving the infield. Macy Weeks reached on an infield single, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 lead.
“She has been doing really well,” Thomas said of Baggett. “Our bats are going to come. I have trust in that. But she’s doing so well and we let her down because we’re not hitting as well as we should be.”
For the second straight game, Ward hit second in the batting order. Hannah Godfrey hit in that spot for most of the season and all of last year when Northwest won the Region 7 championship and Class 4A state title. She hit sixth the past two games.
“Alyssa is hitting over .500 and has been batting No. 9 all year,” Brooker said. “We’re just trying to mix it up a little bit. Plus, with Hannah’s experience, having her at No. 6 is like having another leadoff hitter in the middle of the order.”
Northwest plays 7A’s No. 1 seed, River Ridge, Monday at 7 p.m. Pickens will play at 7 p.m. in the loser’s bracket against the winner of Gilmer and Cass, which play at 5 p.m.
n The Lady Cats (10-18) started their tournament with a comeback victory against Gilmer, Sub-region A’s No. 4 seed.
Dalton’s Hailey Jones hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to grab a 5-4 lead. Gabby Wright went 2-for-4 and Kylee Harris had a three-hit game. Christen Pender went 4-for-4 with an RBI, while Hannah Jones and Blayne Thomason each contributed RBI for the Lady Cats, who entered as Sub-region B’s No. 5 seed.
Alli Swinford pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs off six hits and one walk while striking out seven.
“The win puts us to double-digit wins for the season, which was big for us,” Dalton coach Stacy Parker said.
In the second game, Dalton fell behind 8-0 as Heritage, B’s top seed, scored runs in each of its four at-bats and won via mercy rule in five innings.
Carson Roberts had an RBI single in the fourth and Helton walked to drive in the Lady Cats’ second run. Swinford allowed seven earned runs off 10 hits while striking out three. With the loss, Dalton must win three straight games in the loser’s bracket to reach the final four and clinch a spot in the Class 4A state tournament. The Lady Cats play the Lady Raiders Monday at 5 p.m. in an elimination matchup. The winner faces the winner of LaFayette and Cedartown at 7 p.m.
“It’s a tougher position, but the girls have to be ready to play,” Parker said.
Heritage (23-5) advances to face Ridgeland, B’s No. 3 seed, at 7 p.m.
n Southeast rallied in the top of the seventh inning but came up one run short.
Trailing 5-3 with no runners on base and two outs, Madison Pearson beat out a grounder to shortstop. Chaya Drury followed with a hit to right-center field to score Pearson, but Drury tried to turn a double into a triple and was thrown out to end the game.
Drury finished 4-for-4 while Lily Johnson had a two-hit game. Sydney Covington pitched all six innings, allowing two earned runs off eight hits and two walks. She struck out four.
The Lady Raiders (7-18) entered as 7B’s No. 6 seed.