Perry won its third and deciding game 3 over Mary Persons, 12-4. The first inning set the stage for the victory, as the Lady Panthers scored seven runs. The Lady Bulldogs answered with two but were then shut out over the next three.
Perry added an insurance run in the fourth and then put an end to the contest with four in the fifth – despite the fact Mary Persons did get two across in the bottom of the inning.
Hits were 11 apiece. Annie Chance, Lauren Heath, Emma Pruitt and Emily Davis had two each. Chance was 2-4 with two RBIs and one scored. Heath was 2-3 with a walk, two driven in and two scored. Pruitt was 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored and Davis was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ashley Gidney earned the win with a “gutsy” pitching performance, Head Coach Kyle Davis said.
“Great team effort by all the girls,” Davis said, his squad earning the No. 3 seed for state tournament play beginning Wednesday.
Some of Houston County’s local teams have begun region tournament play. For Houston County that translated to a sweep of Northside. For Perry, that was a split decision between it and Mary Persons.
The Lady Bears won their first game 10-1 in five innings. They won the second 18-4 in four innings.
In the first matchup, Houston County scored a run in the first, four in the third and five in the fourth. Northside’s lone run also came in the fourth. That came via Deja Cheatham’s homerun.
The Lady Bears out-hit the Lady Eagles 9-5. Taylor Peebles and Megan Whitaker each had two of them. Peebles was 2-3 with two runs scored. Whitaker was 2-2 with a walk. She drove in one and scored twice.
Also, Kenly Sullivan went 1-1 but earned two RBIs with the hit. Lauren Ross did likewise in her 1-2 performance – plus a walk. Kendall Huelsman was also 1-2 with a walk. Her hit was a double good enough for two RBIs as well.
Rylee Lamb also went 1-2 with a walk and two runs driven in, helping herself as she was also the pitcher of record and earned the win. She struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.
The second game wasn’t actually settled until Houston County blew it open with 11 runs in the fourth. In fact, Northside actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one. The Lady Bears did cut it to one, however, with three in the second, and then went out front for good with four in the third. This time they out-hit their cross-town rivals 10-5.
Sullivan helped pace that effort. She was 3-3 – one of those a double – drove in four and scored twice. Huelsman had her second double while going 2-3 with a walk and run driven in. She also scored twice.
Also, Ansley Garland had a homerun while going 1-2 with a walk and three RBIs and Madison Campbell was 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Lamb worked an inning this time before giving way to Peebles. Lamb gave up four hits and the four runs. Peebles gave up a hit and didn’t walk a batter.
As far as Perry, it won the first over the Lady Bulldogs 10-4, but lost the second 15-3. That set up a third-and-deciding Game 3 today at 5 p.m. at Mary Persons. The Lady Panthers are playing for state tournament seeding – third or fourth – while Spalding and West Laurens were battling it out to determine the No. 1, 2.
A six-run first helped the Lady Panthers win the first game. They added one in the second and with the Lady Bulldogs doing likewise in the bottom half of the inning, let 7-1. They made it 8-1 in the top of the fourth. Mary Persons scored three in the bottom of the fifth, but Perry added an insurance run in both the sixth and seventh.
Hits were close, with the Lady Panthers having nine and home squad eight.
Terra Odom and Annie Chance each had two hits to pace the offense. The first was 2-3, the second 2-4. Both scored twice.
That was thanks to the heart of the order, as in Emma Pruitt, who was only 1-2 – but with two walks – but drove in two runs. Avery Williams was only 1-4, but she also drove in two and Abby Ussery was 1-4 but also had an RBI.
Ashley Gidney worked all seven innings for the win. She only walked one and struck out three.
The Lady Panthers got off to a good enough start in Game 2. Mary Persons scored one to start the contest, but Perry answered with three in the bottom half of the inning. The Lady Bulldogs then scored six in the second and eight in the fourth to pull away.