Lady War­riors clinch Re­gion 6-AAA North top seed

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The LFO Lady War­riors shook off a sub­re­gion loss at Ring­gold last Mon­day night by win­ning their fi­nal three 6-AAA North games of the sea­son later in the week, clinch­ing the sub­re­gion ti­tle for the Red-andWhite.

Ring­gold 5, LFO 4

LFO led 3-0 and 4-2, but ul­ti­mately sur­ren­dered the win­ning run in the bot­tom of the eighth to fall to their Ca­toosa County ri­vals in Ring­gold.

Kourt­ney Mor­ri­son took the loss for LFO, al­low­ing four earned runs on eight hits with seven walks and a strike­out.

Tay­lor Phillips had two hits and an RBI for vis­i­tors, while Shaniyah Jones had a sin­gle and a triple and scored once. Keelie Mauk also picked up an RBI on a per­fect squeeze bunt.

LFO 5, Mur­ray County 1

The Lady War­riors sur­ren­dered a run in the top of the first in­ning, but an­swered with three in the bot­tom half of the frame. They tacked on solo runs in the sec­ond and fifth to help them over­come three er­rors.

Ha­ley Stahl pitched a com­plete game, giv­ing up five hits and not al­low­ing an earned run. Jones was 2-for-4 with two dou­bles and an RBI.

Phillips dou­bled, while Mor­ri­son and Chelsey Lind­say also had hits in the win. Mor­ri­son and Kar­son Brad­ford each picked up an RBI.

LFO 6, Mur­ray County 3

Tied 1-1 go­ing into the top of the fifth, LFO - play­ing as the vis­it­ing team in the night­cap - erupted for five runs to take a big lead. The Lady In­di­ans would plate two in the bot­tom of the in­ning, but those would be the last two tal­lies of the night for ei­ther team.

Lind­say went 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and two RBIs. Mor­ri­son had a dou­ble and knocked in two runs. Brad­ford col­lected an­other RBI and Stahl capped her night with a solo homer.

LFO 10, North Mur­ray 3

Phillips cel­e­brated her 17th birth­day on Thurs­day by smash­ing a pair of home runs, in­clud­ing a grand slam, and col­lected seven RBIs as the Lady War­riors wrapped up the Re­gion 6-AAA North ti­tle with a home win on Se­nior Night at Chip Liner Field.

She fin­ished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while her seven RBI’s were one shy of the school record, which she set in a game ear­lier this sea­son.

Jones, Stahl and Lind­say each had two of LFO’s 10 hits, while Mor­ri­son and Brad­ford both drove in a run. Mor­ri­son got the win, giv­ing up three earned runs on six hits and two walks with four strike­outs.

Nor­cross 5, LFO 4

The Lady War­riors be­gan their fi­nal prep work be­fore the start of next week’s Re­gion 6-AAA tour­na­ment this past Fri­day with a pair of games in at a

tour­na­ment hosted by Grayson High School in metro-At­lanta.

LFO led 3-2 go­ing into the top of the sixth when the Class AAAAAAA Blue Devils plated a run to tie it up. Nor­cross added two in the top of the sev­enth, while the Lady War­riors could only push across one run in their fi­nal at-bat.

Stahl al­lowed 14 hits, but just two earned runs as LFO com­mit­ted four er­rors be­hind her. She struck out two bat­ters and walked just one.

Phillips stayed red­hot, even in de­feat. The short­stop was 3-for-3 with a pair of dou­ble and three RBIs. Brad­ford and Lind­say both had two hits, while Jones was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

ELCA 1, LFO 0

In the night­cap, ninth-ranked LFO (Class AAA) gave up a run in the top of the sixth and fell to third-ranked Ea­gles’ Land­ing Chris­tian (Class A Pri­vate), 1-0, in a six-in­ning, time-limit con­test.

LFO man­aged just three hits, a dou­ble by Phillips and sin­gles off the bat of Maddy Ad­kins and Mor­ri­son.

Mor­ri­son suf­fered the loss in the cir­cle, giv­ing up just the one earned run on five hits, one walk and six strike­outs.

Grayson 13, LFO 6

The Rams, the fifthranked team in Class AAAAAAA put up nine runs in the bot­tom of the fifth to erase a 6-4 deficit.

Mor­ri­son home­red and knocked in two in the loss. Phillips had two hits. Jer­rian Jack­son dou­bled and had two RBIs, while Keelie Mauk and Jes­sica Coates both added one RBI.

Jen­nifer Coates al­lowed 11 earned runs on 16 hits in 4.2 in­nings as she took the loss.

LFO 4, Colum­bus 0

The Lady War­riors ended Sat­ur­day on a high note, shut­ting out the Class AAAA Blue Devils be­hind a five­hit­ter from Mor­ri­son, who walked just one and struck out six in seven in­nings.

Jones had two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Lind­say had one RBI for the Lady War­riors.

LFO (16-10) will host Har­al­son County in the first round of the 6-AAA tour­na­ment. The be­stof-three series will start with a dou­ble­header on Tues­day. Game 1 is slated to start at 4:30.

LFO’s Kar­son Brad­ford gets a hand from as­sis­tant coach Lau­ren Dyer af­ter get­ting a hit against Ring­gold last week. The Lady War­riors will host Har­al­son County on Tues­day in the open­ing round of the Re­gion 6-AAA tour­na­ment. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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