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HoCo, Veterans advance to Columbus, Elite Eight

Houston County’s Lady Bears and Veterans’ Lady Warhawks had their opponents feeling a little déjà vu Wednesday on the second day of the Super Regional held at each local location.

The Lady Bears beat Marist 5-4 on Tuesday and then beat the Lady War Eagles 5-4 on Wednesday. The Lady Warhawks beat Dutchtown 8-0 on Tuesday and then beat the Lady Warriors 8-0 on Wednesday. The difference was the second win earn both of the local clubs a trip to Columbus and a spot in the Elite Eight.

The Lady Bears, now 27-5, will face off against River Ridge in each team’s opener, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. River Ridge, 18-12, is the No. 4 seed out of Region 6. It lost to East Paulding in its third game of its Super Regional, but came back from the loser’s bracket to beat it in the finals, 10-5.

The Lady Warhawks, now 19-10, will face off against Apalachee, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Apalachee, 29-3, is the No. 1 seed out of Region 8. It rolled through its Super Regional by outscoring three opponents 30-1.

Regrettably, Perry will not be joining the duo. It fell to Wayne County 9-5 on Tuesday and then was eliminated by Troup County, 6-3, on Wednesday. Wayne County went on to win the spot, beating Troup County 10-4. The Lady Panthers finished their year 21-8.

Things pretty much went the same way against Marist on Wednesday as they did Tuesday. Marist got out front with a run in the first. The Lady Bears scored three in the bottom half of the inning. They then went up 4-1 with a run in the second. The Lady War Eagles cut it to 4-2 with a run in the third but Houston County got it back in the fifth. Marist plated its last two in the seventh – ended the game with a pair of runners on. Tess Rollins pitched three innings and Ally Fleming four for the Lady Bears. The first game up five of Marist’s nine hits – Houston County had 10. She gave up two runs, struck out four and walked one. Fleming struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Kinley Snider drove in two on offense. She was 2-3 with a run scored. Jacy Harrelson was 2-4. One of those was a solo homerun and she scored twice.

Veterans really didn’t put Grovetown away until the fifth – the final inning. The Lady Warhawks scored five runs that inning. Up until then, it was 1-0 after one and 3-0 after three. Veterans out-hit the Lady Warriors, who were also charged with six errors, 6-3.

Rayven Hodridge had two of those in three trips to the plate. She scored once. Trinity Glover was also 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Katelyn Haines 1-3 with an RBI and Hailey Sanford and Ellie Batten 1-3 with an RBI. Sanford also came in home once.

Madison Bunnell pitched a complete game. She struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

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