Turnabout is fair play.
So the British proverb goes, and so it has been lived out between Houston County and Lee County. The Lady Bears beat it 3-2 at home back on Sept. 5. The Lady Trojans returned the favor Tuesday.
The first time they met, Houston County scored its runs in the middle innings. Lee County scored its late – the final two. This time it finished what it started. The Lady Bears scored two in the middle – the fourth – and the Lady Trojans scored one in the fifth and won it with two in the bottom of the seventh. That came via a double, back-to-back-to-back walks and a wild pitch.
All that was charged to Olivia Brown, who other than that, pitched a gem. She only gave up three hits – one was a homerun to Rebekah Cooper – while striking out three.
Opposite her, an even better result, was Abby Hughes. She gave up two hits – Makayla Krepps and Avei Martin – walked three and struck out eight.
The loss put the Lady Bears at 7-1 in Region 1-AAAAAA, 20-3 overall, with a non-region game against Warner Robins Thursday and a doubleheader at home against Valdosta (0-6, 3-20) Saturday (noon and 2 p.m.).
Lee County, which has won 10 straight, improved to 6-1, 18-4. It has a game against those same Lady Wildcats Thursday and a non-region game at Veterans Oct. 2.
Seven innings. A runner on in every inning. No runs on the board.
That was the aggravation/heartache Veterans had to go through Tuesday in a 2-0 loss at Harris County.
Jenna Thomas was hit by a pitch to start the first. Cailyn Snellgrove walked with two outs in the second. Thomas was again hit by a pitch with an out in the third. Trinity Thiel was hit by a pitch to start the fourth. That was an inning in which the Lady Warhawks loaded the bases – a one-out single by Emily Myers and two-out walk to Catherine Hickey.
Kaylee Brown doubled with two outs in the fifth. Myers doubled in the sixth with one out and Thomas singled with an out in the second. All were stranded in a four-hit pitching performance by Kaley Dowdy and Zoe Willis. The first worked four innings, giving up a hit, striking out eight and walking two. The second struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
One Harris County run came in the fourth and one in the sixth. It managed seven hits off Myers, who also walked two and struck out three.
The loss might have hurt most in the Region 1-AAAAA standings. The Lady Warhawks have two losses there – 5-2, 12-9 overall. Both came to Harris County. The Lady Tigers on the other hand improved to 7-1, 13-8.
They only have a game left in the regular season. It’s non-region against Columbus, Friday.
Veterans has one on the road at Thomas County Central and one at home against Lee County. The Lady Yellow Jackets – the first of those – are also 5-2 in the division. That game is set for Friday. The Lee County game is Oct. 2.
In one other game, Perry rolled past Howard 10-0 to improve to 9-0 in Region 2-AAAA, 17-6 overall. The Lady Huskies fell to 2-7. 10-10.