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Houston County, Northside roll in first round of state

You can’t escape the feeling both Houston County and Westlake knew how this would go.

The Lady Bears came into this GHSA Class AAAAAA first-round matchup 17-10-2. The Lady Lions, if MaxPreps is accurate, were 0-6 (presumably affected by the pandemic but their tradition as a “softball” school just isn’t there; losing records for at least their last five seasons … Even moving down a class didn’t help). It was either them or Langston Hughes, also at 0-6. (Two more, Lovejoy and Morrow didn’t even have a season.)

At any rate, it did go as expected. Houston County blew out Westlake in two games. The Lady Bears won the first 16-0 and the second 20-1. Both only lasted two innings. Houston County put up nine hits in Game 1 while scoring eight runs in each of those two innings, and then eight more hits in Game 2 while scoring 15 in the first and five in the second.

The Lady Bears will get a tougher opponent – presumably – in the next round when they host Glynn Academy out of Brunswick. The Lady Terrors, at 14-12, beat Lakeside 2-1, 12-2.

Their doubleheader is scheduled for Thursday, 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.

 

In other state playoff action, Northside was able to do pretty much the same thing to Lakeside, Decatur. The Lady Eagles shut them out in both games and by a margin of 12-0 in each.

The first lasted five innings, the second only four. Celena Luna threw the first game. She gave up two hits, struck out 11 and walked two.

Kylee Ussery went 3-4 and drove in four to help lead the offense. Madelyne Lee was also 3-4 with a walk. She brought home one and scored three times. Luna helped her cause, going 1-3 with a walk, driving in two and also scoring three times.

Ussery tossed a gem in Game 2. She gave up one hit, struck out two and only walked one.

Lee went 0-1 with a walk, but got two home. Ussery went 1-3 and drive in two and Casey Ruffin went 1-1 with a walk and collected two RBIs.

Northside, improving to 13-11 – coming in as the No. 3 seed (finishing 7-4) and eliminating the No. 2 – will next take South Effingham.

South Effingham, the No. 1 seed out of Region 2, beat Heritage, Conyers 10-1, 8-0.

 

Veterans did not share the same great fortune as the other two. It was unable to get past Ola. The Lady Warhawks fell 7-0 in the opener and 7-2 in the nightcap.

The Lady Mustangs pulled away via a six-run fourth in the first game. Veterans held a 2-0 lead after the third inning in Game 2 – Olivia Brown’s double did the damage – but an error, four walks, a double and a homerun, enabled the host to put up its seven.

Ola moves on at 20-6. Veterans’ year comes to a close at 13-12.

 

Perry on the other hand, lives to play another day (today) thanks to a split with Thomas County Central. The latter won the first game, but thanks to the two-hit pitching of Reagan Hughes, the Lady Panthers were able to win the nightcap 4-0.

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