Sometimes you just have to tip your hat in respect. “This is your year. Ours will come.”
That might have been an appropriate response for Houston County as it was swept on the road, 8-0, 7-1, Wednesday by Pope in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAAA state fast-pitch softball tournament.
The Lady Greyhounds came in 24-4. They had won 19 straight, had posted 13 shutouts during that span, given up one run in five others, while outscoring its opponents 209-5.
There were also no-hitters, at least three by two pitchers combined and three by Hallie Adams. Adams got the start for Game 1. She worked the five innings it lasted. She gave up two hits, one to Alice Thomas and one to Bobbi Poff (both of those came in the third – the Lady Bears went in order the other innings), while striking out eight and not walking any.
The offense also had her back. They charged Houston County starter Rylee Lamb up for 10 hits and three runs in the first, one in the third, and two each in the fourth and fifth while winning 8-0.
Adams also got the start in Game 2. This time she was far less effective. The Lady Bears touched her up for nine hits. (Pope had eight against a combined effort of Olivia Brown and Lamb.)
The bad news was they couldn’t get a clutch hit to save their lives. They ended up stranding nine.
The Lady Greyhounds on the other hand, again put up three in the first. They added one to it in the second and three insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Houston County’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh – back-to-back-to-back singles: Alice Thomas (1-4), Averi Martin (2-4) and Makayla Krepps (2-4 with the RBI).
Veterans shared a similar fate in Class AAAAA against Carrollton. The Lady Warhawks fell 8-1, 5-2, to finish off their season 16-11. The Lady Trojans improved to 28-2 and moved on to Columbus.
Despite the 8-1 score, and being out-hit 11-7, Veterans was in Game 1. It just couldn’t get a clutch hit, stranding 10 runners.
Game 2 was a bit tougher against Olivia Fannin. She gave up only five hits while striking out 10. Veterans did score runs in the fourth and sixth, but just couldn’t overcome the five Carrollton put up in the third.