September 5, 2013

Area prep roundup: Hot bats for Lady Mountaineers, Lady Indians

Baylee Sutton’s big day at the plate was just part of the hit parade North Murray High School’s softball team put together in an 11-0 win at Gordon Central on Wednesday.

Now the task is to keep it going, said Lady Mountaineers coach Steve Granger.

Sutton went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple a home run and three RBIs to lead the offensive attack in the Region 5-3A matchup, which was cut to five innings by the Georgia High School Association’s mercy rule.

Also going 3-for-4 for North Murray (3-8, 2-3) were Samantha Stafford and Kara Deal, who also pitched four innings to pick up the win.

Deal allowed a pair of hits and walked two while striking out five. She was relieved by Sutton, who allowed one hit with no walks or strikeouts in the fifth.

Amber Bandy was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, while Hayley Harris added a double for the Lady Mountaineers, who have won back-to-back games for this first time this season after struggling early.

“We’ve started to swing the bats a little better and our approaches at the plate have changed,” Granger said. “Hopefully we can keep that going.”

North Murray, which beat Adairsville 12-0 in four innings on Tuesday, hosts Cartersville at 5:55 p.m. today in another region matchup.

Murray County 13, Model 1: Lindsey Dunn and Whitney Gribble shined at the plate and in the circle as the Lady Indians kept rolling in Region 7-2A play, picking up the road win in just four innings via the GHSA’s mercy rule.

Gribble, who had a double, walked twice, scored twice and drove in two runs, pitched the first two innings for Murray County (9-4, 3-1). She allowed an unearned run, walked one and struck out two.

Dunn was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. She allowed a hit and two walks while striking out one over the final two innings.

Shea Pendley contributed a hit, scored twice and drove in a run.

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