Houston County had hitting.
Houston County had pitching.
Houston County had it all, as it swept Heritage in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAAAA tournament Tuesday at home. The Lady Bears won the first game 9-1 and the second 15-1. Both only lasted five innings.
Rylee Lamb gave up just two hits in Game 1. Olivia Brown did the same in the nightcap. Lamb struck out six and walked one. Brown “K’d” seven and also walked one.
Offensively, Houston County (26-5) scored two in the first inning of Game 1. They made it 8-0 with six in the second and finished things off with a run in the fourth. Heritage’s lone run came in the third. Its one in the second game came in the first inning, but that was in response to six Houston County, the visitor in Game 2, put up in the top of the inning.
Four more in the second made it 10-1 while a lone run in the third and four in the fifth put an end to things. (The Lady Patriots finished the year at .500, 14-14.)
Averi Martin was 2-2 in Game 1 with a run scored. Makayla Krepps was only 1-2 with a walk, but she drove in two and scored twice. Kendall Huelsman was 2-2 with two RBIs and one scored, Madi Campbell 2-3 with an RBI and run scored and Brown 3-3 with two driven in and one scored.
Houston County, the No. 2 seed out of Region 1, will have to continue having it “all”, as it plays Pope in the next round, the Sweet 16, Oct. 15-16. The Lady Greyhounds, the No. 1 out of Region 7, blasted Douglas County 14-0, 18-0.
Elsewhere, Northside was swept by Evans as its season came to an end. The Lady Eagles fell in Game 1, 8-0, and Game 2, 12-0, to the Region 4, No. 1 seed.