September 5, 2013

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

From Staff Reports

— 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.