Saturday's local softball roundup
EXCEL 8, SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD 5 SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD 8, EXCEL 2 Excel Christian Academy softball split a doubleheader with Southeast Whitfield Saturday. The Lady Eagles won one game 8-5, but lost the other, 8-2.
In the loss, Aliza Baker had two hts. Brighton McCollum, Lindsey Mauldin, Taylor Gibson, and Kalli Beth Scheff had one hit each. Gibson was tagged with the pitching loss although she only yielded three earned runs in seven innings in the circle.
Lindsey Shelton homered, finished with four hits, two RBI, and scored twice to lead the Lady Raiders. Rylee Murray was the winning pitcher for Southeast with a complete-game effort.
In the Excel victory, the Lady Eagles scored all eight runs in the third and fourth innings combined.
Hannah Lee (7 IP, 5R, 4ER, 10H, 1BB, 3K) pitched all seven innings for Excel to earn the win.
Aliza Baker and Whitney Harris had three hits apiece for the Lady Eagles. Rachel Parrott and Lee, who homered, combined for five RBIs. Kami Cooper added a hit and scored twice.
ECA (5-5) plays at Mt. Zion-Carroll, Monday at 4pm and will host Gordon Lee Tuesday. The Lady Eagles also have a home game Thursday with Christian Heritage before traveling to the Brunswick Softball in the Sand Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
WOODLAND 9, DARLINGTON 9 WOODLAND 5, SOUTH PALLING 3 NORTHWEST WHITFIELD 13, WOODLAND 1
Woodland softball won two of three games Saturday.
The Lady Cats defeated Darlington and South Paulding, but fell to Northwest Whitfield.
Sarah Baynard tossed a two-hit, shutout to blank Darlington, 9-0. Baynard struck out four in seven innings of work and did not walk a batter.
Caroline Higdon (RBI, double), Jordan Duck, and Baynard (3 RBI) had two hits each for the Lady Cats against Darlington. Madgie Robinson, Skylar Chappell, Brittney Cox (2 RBI), and Audrey Morris (RBI) added hits.
In a 5-3 win over South Paulding, Woodland came from behind scoring four runs in the fifth and sixth frames. They had trailed 2-1 after four innings.
Chappell had a two hit game for Woodland and drove in a run. Robinson (2 RBI), Bella Carnes, and Duck had base hits.
Baynard (7 IP, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 1BB, 2K) was the winning pitcher again for Woodland.
Northwest Whitfield took a 5-1 lead over Woodland after only one inning and later added a seven-run fourth to defeat the Lady Cats 13-1 in four innings.
Robinson had a two hit game for Woodland. Duck, Cox, and Morris had the only other Woodland hits. Carolina Higdon had the Lady Cats’ RBI.
Woodland (6-6) travels to Paulding County for a Region 7-AAAAA game Tuesday at 6:30pm and will host East Paulding in another region game Thursday at 5:55pm.
CARTERSVILLE 8, COLUMBUS 3
ALLATOONA 11, CARTERSVILLE 0
The Cartersville Lady Canes’ softball team split a pair of games Saturday, defeating Columbus 8-3 and falling to host Allatoona 11-0.
Cartersville broke open a tight game with Columbus with a five-run top of the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Columbus would narrow the margin to 6-3 in the fifth inning, but the Lady Canes scored two more in the top of the sixth to put Columbus away. Colbi Ballard scattered two hits and two walks and did not allow an earned run in picking up the pitching win for Cartersville. She struck out two in six innings of work.
Lauren McElhaney had two hits and one RBI for the Canes. Molly Wilson, Paris Poston (RBI), Tara Mathis, Madison McKinney, Presley Edwards, and Macee Cole (RBI) all had hits for Cartersville. Hope Short contributed one RBI.
Short recorded the only Cartersville base hit in the Lady Canes’ loss to Allatoona. The Lady Bucs pounded out a dozen hits in the game and posted eight runs in the opening inning to take control.
HILLGROVE 10, CASS 0 RIDGELAND 4, CASS 3
Cass softball lost twice on Saturday, falling to Hillgrove and Ridgeland.
Brittnee Mayer picked up the only Cass hit in a 10-0 loss to Hillgrove.
Adara Dale had five RBIs for the Lady Hawks.
In a 4-3 loss to Ridgeland, Arianna Mustin of Cass pitched well but suffered the loss. She allowed only three earned runs on six hits and no walks, but the Lady Colonels offense could not overcome a 4-1 deficit after four innings.
Sierrah Gani (RBI), Sarah Fox, Mustin, Mae Mae McIntyre, and Brittnee Mayer had the Lady Colonels’ hits.
Cass (3-9) travels to East Paulding Tuesday at 5:55pm and hosts Carrollton Thursday at 5:55pm.