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The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS -

re­cent Elite Eight trip, the stars fi­nally aligned for the Gen­er­als.

Af­ter win­ning its first two games of the tour­na­ment against North­side-colum­bus (6-5) and Madison County (10-4), Her­itage took down Hamp­ton, 3-0, early Satur­day morn­ing be­fore a dra­matic, 5-4, come-frombe­hind vic­tory over North­side later in the af­ter­noon to send a GHSA fast­pitch state cham­pi­onship tro­phy back to Boyn­ton.

“This feels amaz­ing,” head coach Tanner Moore said via phone on the trip home. “We’ve been on Cloud Nine since it hap­pened and this might be one of the most en­joy­able bus rides I’ve ever taken.”

Af­ter us­ing some ag­gres­sive­ness on the basepa­ths in the win over Hamp­ton and South Carolina com­mit Sky­lar Tra­han, the Gen­er­als would have to wait it out to see who they would face for the state cham­pi­onship later in the day.

The team that emerged was a fa­mil­iar one as North­side got into the fi­nal af­ter back-to-back vic­to­ries over Madison County (10-2) and Hamp­ton (2-0).

The de­fend­ing Class AAAA state cham­pi­ons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sec­ond in­ning, but a two-run dou­ble by Bai­ley Chris­tol in the bot­tom of the third gave Her­itage the lead.

But the lead would not last long as the Lady Pa­tri­ots tied the game in the top of the fourth and they re­gained the lead in the top of the sixth in­ning when start­ing pitcher Raelee Weaver belted a tworun home run.

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