Lady Tro­jans gear­ing up for an­nual Oc­to­ber post-sea­son run

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

As if the rest of Re­gion 6-A wasn’t al­ready aware, the Gor­don Lee Lady Tro­jans made a state­ment last week that the re­gion cham­pi­onship will again go through them.

Gor­don Lee, in search of a 15th con­sec­u­tive re­gion ti­tle, won five games last week against three of the re­gion’s up­per ech­e­lon and did so by a com­bined score of 39-1.

They also took over the top spot in the GHSA power rank­ings for the Class A Pub­lic School Divi­sion. Should they main­tain their lead in the power rank­ings and win the re­gion cham­pi­onship, they would as­sure them­selves of be­ing the top over­all seed once the state play­offs start.

Gor­don Lee 3, Mt. Zion 0

The Lady Tro­jans scored twice in the bot­tom of the third in­ning and added an in­sur­ance run in the top of the fifth to pick up a home win over Mt. ZionCar­roll last Mon­day.

Pax­ton Grimes went 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and two RBI, while Canaan Bur­nett was cred­ited with the other RBI. Mad­die Clark also had a pair of hits in the win.

Bur­nett and Emma Mingh­ini com­bined on a four-hit­ter. Bur­nett threw 4.1 in­nings, al­low­ing three hits and no walks. She had four strike­outs. Mean­while, Mingh­ini gave up just one hit and no walks in 2.2 in­nings. She sat down five on strikes.

Gor­don Lee 8, Bow­don 0

Play­ing a neu­tral site at Chat­tooga High School in Sum­merville on Wed­nes­day, Gracey Kruse gave the Lady Tro­jans all the of­fense they would need in the top of the first in­ning, belt­ing a two-run homer, her first of the sea­son. She smashed an­other two-run shot in the third and was promptly walked her last five trips to the plate in the twin­bill.

Kruse fin­ished with the four RBIs, while Mingh­ini was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Grimes was 2-for-3, while she joined Clark and Faith Alexan­der with one RBI each in the vic­tory.

Bur­nett started in the cir­cle and pitched just two in­nings.

Mingh­ini threw the fi­nal three in­nings, fin­ish­ing with five strike­outs and pick­ing up the win. The duo lim­ited Bow­don to just two hits.

Gor­don Lee 7, Bow­don 0

Play­ing as the home team in the night­cap, the Lady Tro­jans jumped out to a 3-0 lead af­ter two in­nings be­fore tack­ing on four more in the bot­tom of the sixth.

Alexan­der had two hits and two RBIs, while Grimes, Clark and Kir­bie Bradley each had an RBI. Kruse drew four walks, while Mingh­ini pitched all seven in­nings, al­low­ing just three hits and fin­ish­ing with seven strike­outs.

Sev­enth-ranked Gor­don Lee spot­ted the Lady Bull­dogs a first-in­ning run in the first game of Thurs­day’s dou­ble­header, then an­swered with four runs in the bot­tom of the first be­fore go­ing on to a fivein­ning vic­tory.

Kruse two dou­bles and three RBIs. Mingh­ini had two hits, while Bur­nett was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Bur­nett also got the win, al­low­ing just one earned run on five hits with two walks and six strike­outs.

In Game 2, Gor­don Lee - play­ing as the vis­it­ing team - erupted for nine runs in the top of the first and coasted to the win. The Lady Tro­jans had just seven hits, all sin­gles, tak­ing ad­van­tage of nine walks and three more Trion er­rors af­ter the Lady Bull­dogs com­mit­ted five in the first game.

Rea­gan Thomp­son had two hits and three RBIs, while Kruse also col­lected two RBIs. Mingh­ini and Janie Durham pitched two in­nings apiece. Both al­lowed just two hits and both struck out two.

Gor­don Lee en­tered the new week at 17-3 over­all and 6-0 in Re­gion 6-A.

“We’re look­ing more like our­selves,” head coach Dana Mull said. “I think the ur­gency is there a lit­tle more now and I like what I’m see­ing. When they re­lax and have fun, they can re­ally play some ball. I think we are about where we should be at this point in the sea­son.”

Mull an­nounced that post­pone­ment of Sept. 12’s game at King’s Ridge Chris­tian would be made up this Fri­day, Sept. 29. The Re­gion 6-A tour­na­ment is slated to be­gin on Oct. 4.

Gor­don Lee’s Kather­ine Grace McEl­haney gives a dou­ble high-five to Pax­ton Grimes (left) and Gracey Kruse (right) af­ter both run­ners scored dur­ing a vic­tory over Trion on Thurs­day. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

Her­itage’s Ma­cie Stephens tries to block a shot by LaFayette’s Jil­lian Mor­gan dur­ing last week’s matches in Boyn­ton. (Photo by Scott Herpst) Gor­don Lee 9, Trion 1 Gor­don Lee 12, Trion 0

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