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.