Perry wins third straight; HoCo, VHS have streaks snapped

Perry made it three straight and four out of its last five, with a 10-2 win Tuesday over Upson-Lee. The win(s) got the Lady Panthers back to .500, 5-5. The Lady Knights fell to 2-6.

The game was close early. The visitor from Thomaston scored one in the first to get out front. The Lady Panthers answered with two in the bottom half of the inning and never trailed from there. They made it 3-1 with a run in the fourth. Upson-Lee cut it to 3-2 in the top of the fifth, but Perry pulled away with three in bottom half of the inning and then iced it with four in the sixth and final frame.

The Lady Panthers out-hit the Lady Knights 10-5. Lauren Heath helped lead the way on offense. She went 3-4 – one of those a homerun – while driving in four and scoring twice.

Six others – Annie Chance, Emma Pruitt, Emily Davis, Caley Benitez, Lillian Reynolds and Olivia Hardy – had a hit and earned an RBI with it.

Ashley Gidney worked all six innings for the win.

Elsewhere, Lee County brought Houston County’s six-game win streak to and end via a 7-3 win. The visitor scored a run in the first and second innings, four in the fourth – all three of the Lady Bears’ runs came in the bottom half of the inning – and one in the seventh.

The Lady Trojans out-hit Houston County 11-6. Kenly Sullivan was the only Lady Bear to collect multiple hits. She went 2-3 with a walk.

It was Houston County’s first Region 1-AAAAAA loss. It fell to 3-1, 7-3 overall, while Coffee improved to 2-0, 4-6.

Veterans also had its win streak snapped – a modest three – by Wayne County. The Jesup host improved to 11-0 with the win, while the Lady Warhawks fell to 6-3.

One of the Lady Yellow Jackets’ runs came in the second. The other three were plated in the sixth.

Wayne County pitcher Shelby Surrency held Veterans to just two hits. She struck out 11 while walking two.

Skyler Welford had one of those hits and Sarah Wilkerson the other.