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September 20, 2013

Prep roundup: North Murray celebrates first victory over LFO

In the first inning of North Murray High School’s Region 5-3A softball game at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Thursday, Lady Mountaineers coach Steve Granger and junior Megan Pittman saw an opportunity to be aggressive.

Pittman, who was standing on third base, didn’t disappoint as she stole home on the catcher’s throw back to the pitcher to start the scoring in a 6-2 win for North Murray.

The third baseman finished the day 2-for-3 with two doubles, but Pittman’s showing was just one of several solid efforts at the plate for the Lady Mountaineers (8-14, 5-6). Baylee Sutton finished 2-for-3, Amber Bandy drove in three runs — including two on a double — and McChaela Cochran doubled and drove in two runs.

The Lady Mountaineers added two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. LFO tied the game in the third but never took the lead, adding its final run in the sixth.

North Murray dropped back-to-back games to Coahulla Creek earlier this week — the Lady Mountaineers lost 3-2 on the road Monday and 6-1 at home on Tuesday — so Thursday’s win provided a good lift with the region tournament just two weeks away.

“Our girls, I thought, responded well by beating LFO,” Granger said. “That’s the first time we’ve beat LFO in school history in fast-pitch softball. I know our school history is not very long, but still, when you get a win up at their place it’s good.

“We’ve been stressing let’s get it together and get hot at the right time for the region tournament, so that’s what we’re working toward.”

Kara Deal was the winning pitcher. She started and went four innings — she allowed two hits and four walks while striking out three — before yielding to Sutton, who allowed no hits while walking two and striking out as many.

Coahulla Creek 4, Sonoraville 1: Baylee Adkins and Emily Banks led the way at the plate, but Lady Colts pitcher Erin Harden also helped herself as Coahulla Creek (17-6, 8-3 Region 5-3A) won on the road.

Adkins and Banks each went 2-for-3, with Adkins scoring twice and driving in a run and Banks collecting a pair of RBIs.

Harden — who added a hit and drove in a run — allowed five hits and four walks while striking out seven to earn the complete-game victory.

“She did work out of some jams early,” Lady Colts coach Josh Swiney said. “They left a lot of runners on, but they never got the big hit they needed.”

Sonoraville didn’t score until the seventh. The Lady Colts took a 1-0 lead in the first before adding two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.

Ridgeland 13, Dalton 2: Hailey Jones’ two-run double in the top of the fifth inning was the lone offensive highlight for the Lady Catamounts (8-17, 2-7 Sub-region 7B-4A), who were limited to four hits in the road loss.

Ridgeland was keyed by an eight-run third inning and shortened the game to five innings via the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule.

Chattooga 13, Murray County 3: Lindsey Dunn went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice for Murray County, which fell to 10-13 overall and 5-5 in Region 7-2A with the home loss.

Whitney Gribble, who took the loss in the circle, allowed just three earned runs.

• Christian Heritage did not report results from Thursday’s scheduled game at Trion by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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