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County teams face tough competition in weekend softball tournament

Posted: September 14, 2013 - 8:20pm  |  Updated: September 17, 2013 - 11:06pm
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Grovetown High School third baseman Hannah Maddox puts the tag on South Effingham's Naomi Sapp in the first inning Saturday at Patriots Park. South Effingham beat the Lady Warriors 7-1.
Grovetown High School third baseman Hannah Maddox puts the tag on South Effingham's Naomi Sapp in the first inning Saturday at Patriots Park. South Effingham beat the Lady Warriors 7-1.

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Greenbrier finished off its 2013 Mark Moseley Diamond Classic in style Saturday afternoon.

After winning its first two games on the opening day Friday, the Lady Wolfpack won its first two games Saturday before finishing the tournament with an 8-0, five-inning win over Class AAAAAA Parkview.

The Lady Wolfpack (14-3) scored all eight runs in the fourth inning, pounding out seven hits and helped by two Lady Panther errors. Jordie Holt led off with a single and one out later, she and Lee Anne Rees were brought home by a Monica Mullis double. With two outs, Kirsten McMonigle reached on a three-base error, followed by consecutive singles by Maddie Hunt, Taylor DuPree, Kirsten Titus and Holt before Rees finished the scoring with a bases-clearing double.

“Right there that fourth inning, that’s Greenbrier softball,” said Lady Wolf-pack head coach Garrett Black. “A little bit of small ball, a big hit in the gap, go back to small ball and then pitching and defense, our bread and butter.”

Titus (10-2) threw a one-hitter while striking out three. Junior left fielder Jordan Battle helped her along the way, making three catches, two of the diving variety.

“Jordan (Battle) made some Sports Center plays out there,” Black said.

Bringing teams from across the state and across classifications was one of the goals of the tournament and Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs (16-6) saw some tough competition, playing two eight-inning games out of three over the weekend.

Tied at two Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs made Amber Garrett a winner as they scored three times in the eighth to beat Savannah Christian 5-2.

They struggled against Franklin County, losing 14-3, and then lost 2-1 in eight innings to a tough Georgia Military College team on Saturday.

“I threw some young pitchers today, but Amber (Garrett) threw a lot of innings Thursday and she pitched a good game yesterday, and these aren’t region games,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Mike Leverett after the Franklin County game.

Sophomore Lizzie Drake (3-1) took the loss, working 3.1 innings and allowing three runs, while freshman Lillie Streets worked the final 1.2 innings. Both were hurt by a defense that committed five errors.

Calling Georgia Military College the best team they’ll face all year, Leverett went with Garrett (12-5). They went into extras tied at 1 and Georgia Military College was able to push a run across for the win.

“Amber threw her heart out,” Leverett said.

In an early Saturday morning game at Patriots Park, Grovetown’s Lady Warriors hoped to shake off two losses from the tournament’s opening night on Friday, but fell to the AAAA South Effingham Mustangs 7-1.

The Lady Warriors (7-11) surrendered five runs in the first two innings before settling down, but by then it was too late. They got a run back in the third inning on a Maggie Haney RBI single, but that would be all they could muster.

Head coach Jeff Davis was glad his team was a part of the tournament.

“We had a tough schedule and we played some good competition,” Davis said. “I’m pleased with our effort.”

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