Houston County has punched its ticket to Columbus. The Lady Bears did so with 13-6, 7-3 wins over Effingham County.
They will take on Allatoona next, when the Elite Eight begins Oct. 25.
Houston County had 12 hits in all in Game 1. A handful led. Among those, Lauren Ross was 3-4 and drove in three. Kenly Sullivan was 2-4 with a walk and also drove in three. Both had a double as one of their hits. Also, De’Jah Dunn was 2-3 with two RBIs.
The Lady Bears scored two in the first. Effingham County answered with one. Houston County scored three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. The host scored one in the third and two in the second to make it 8-4. The Lady Bears then put up four insurance runs in the sixth and added it last in the seventh.
Effingham managed a pair in the sixth.
Rylee Lamb worked six innings to earn the win. She gave up all nine of Effingham’s hits and its six runs. Olivia Brown worked one inning – perfect across the board.
Brown then got the call in Game 2 and worked all seven innings. She gave up seven hits, three runs, struck out four and walked two.
Effingham scored one in the first. The Lady Bears – the home team this time – pushed two across in the bottom half of the inning. They then made it 7-1 with a run in the fifth and four in the sixth. Effingham’s last two runs came in the seventh.
Houston County again had 12 hits.
Sullivan had three of those – a double and a homerun – while driving in five. Campbell also went 3-4 and scored twice and Dunn had an RBI while going 1-2 with a walk.
Elsewhere, Perry split its matchup with Eastside and will have to line up and do it all over again today at 5 p.m. to determine which will move on.
The Lady Panthers won the first game 2-1 but dropped the second 5-2.
Abby Ussery and Reagan Hughes were two of the big heroes in Game 1. The first doubled to start the eight in a 1-1 tie – both scoring their runs in the fifth. A groundout got her to third where Hughes drove her in with a single.
Perry had seven hits. Terra Odom had three of those. She also earned the other RBI while going 3-3 with a walk.
Ussery also had two in four trips to the plate.
Hughes also worked all eight innings on the mound. She scattered five hits, struck out two and walked one.
The nightcap played out in similar fashion. Eastside scored one in the first. Perry tied it with one in the fourth. Eastside went ahead with one in the fifth. The Lady Panthers tied it in the sixth, but Eastside put it away with three in the seventh.
Perry needed two. It got five.
Those came in the sixth inning and helped the Lady Panthers pull past Eastside, 9-5, and into the Elite Eight and headed to Columbus.
Perry’s road to the state championship will continue Oct. 25 when it takes on LaFayette at 5 p.m. on Field No. 6.
In the deciding game three against Eastside, the latter, the host, scored two runs in the top of the first. The Lady Panthers tied it in the bottom half of the inning, but Eastside added its other three in the top of the second.
Both sides settled down from there until Perry scored two in the fifth and the aforementioned tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth. It out-hit Eastside 9-7.
Allison Peavy had two of those hits in three trips to the plate. She also drove in five in the process.
AliRae Dykes was also 2-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Abby Ussery 2-4 with a run driven in and a run scored.
Reagan Hughes worked all seven innings for the win. She struck out two and walked four.
Also, Northside’s season came to a close at the hands of Greenbrier. It beat the Lady Eagles 10-0, 3-1.