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September 24, 2013

Prep roundup: Coahulla Creek softball uses familiar formula in victory

More than once this season, Coahulla Creek High School’s softball team has thrived on multiple players hitting well and consistency from starting pitcher Erin Harden.

That didn’t change Monday for the Lady Colts.

Coahulla Creek topped visiting Dalton 8-0 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule as three Lady Colts had two hits apiece and three other players added a double in a 10-hit performance.

Coahulla Creek (18-6) scored four runs in the first inning, plus one in the second and three in the fifth.

“Our girls do a good job coming out early and jumping on teams,” Lady Colts coach Josh Swiney said. “I love this group because they do a good job focusing on their effort and good things happen.”

Baylee Adkins, Kala Franks and Madeleine Kalafut each finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Adkins added three RBIs and Franks had one. Harden joined Haley Reece and Allie Thompson as those with a double.

“One through nine in the batting order, our girls can swing it,” Swi-ney said. “You can tell the girls are going up to the plate with a lot of confidence right now, and it’s fun to watch.”

Harden allowed one hit and two walks while striking out nine in a complete-game effort.

Carson Roberts’ double was the lone hit for Dalton (8-18).

“Their pitcher pitched a great game,” Lady Cats coach Stacy Parker said. “She was just on, and we weren’t. It doesn’t matter how many errors you make, if you don’t hit the ball, then it doesn’t matter.”

Coahulla Creek won for the second time in three meetings with the Lady Cats this season.

North Murray 9, Adairsville 1: The Lady Mountaineers (9-14) won via mercy rule in five innings and improved to 6-6 in Region 5-3A play with the road victory.

Megan Pittman finished 3-for-4 with two home runs, including one on the first pitch of the game. She had three RBIs and scored three times.

Baylee Sutton was 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored and two RBIs, while Kara Deal was 3-for-4 and Amber Bandy finished 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.Deal pitched all five innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit and three walks. She struck out three.

North Murray coach Steve Granger said Adairsville is struggling this season, but his team still “took care of business” and now gets ready for a matchup today with another region foe, Sonoraville.

Pepperell 8, Murray County 7: Ashlee Strong had a pair of homers — one that stayed inside the park, one that went over the fence — and drove in four runs, but the Lady Indians (11-13, 5-6 Region 7-2A) still couldn’t generate enough offense to offset five errors in the road loss.

Aubrie Osborne added a 2-for-3 effort for Murray County. Whitney Gribble took the loss in the circle despite allowing just three earned runs and striking out 11.

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