Skins down Lady Canes, fall to Elbert County
Social Circle improved to 12-7 on the season with a 6-3 win over county rival Monroe Area on Wednesday
Maddie Poole picked up the win going five innings on 105 pitches while allowing four hits, three earned runs and three walks while recording three strikeouts.
Shelby Harpe and Sierra Cassidy each picked up two hits for the Lady Redskins in the win with Harpe hitting a solo homer in the fourth. Emma Swider, Jessica Owens and Lexi Atkinson each had one hit each.
Bailey Nix took the loss for Monroe Area. She went six innings on 76 pitches and allowed eight hits, three earned runs, one walk and a homer. The Lady Redskins then dropped a 3-2 decision at Elbert County Thursday.
Social Circle returns to action Monday at home against Putnam County starting at 5:55 p.m. and then Tuesday at Oglethorpe County at 5 p.m. Both are region games, and Social Circle currently sits in fourth place in Region 2-AA.
Before the season began, coach Heather Wood knew that she would be dealing with a younger team than in times past. Some of that has played out in the Eagles’ 12-11 overall record.
But Eastside has been winning the games that matter. Its 9-0 Region 4-AAAA record suggests that. Due to some make up games after Tropical Storm Irma cancelled several contests the week before, Eastside played four games in four days last week, and went 3-1 during the stretch.
The only game Eastside lost was a 16-7 defeat at the hands of Class AAAAAAA Shiloh. But in region games against Woodward Academy and Salem, Wood’s squad outscored the opposition 281.
In the Woodward Academy game – Woodward came in tied with Eastside for first place in the region – the Lady Eagles were particularly clutch. Pitcher Kaily Rusk threw a no-hitter through five innings with nine strikeouts in a 13-0 win against the War Eagles.
Wood said the sophomore has matured drastically during the regular season. McAuliffe’s 4-for4 performance at the plate with five RBIs was also key in that game. Eastside will face Woodward Academy again on Monday in a make-up game, and then will face North Clayton Tuesday for senior night. The Lady Eagles end the regular season schedule on Thursday at North Clayton.
After a tough stretch where Newton dropped five straight games, coach Erin Steele’s squad got well in a 10-0 Region 8-AAAAAA win at South Gwinnett Wednesday, followed by a 9-8 victory over region foe Shiloh.
Saturday’s non-region matchup with Southwest DeKalb doesn’t mean much for the state tournament picture. But barring a slip-up in Thursday’s regular season finale with Rockdale (8-7, 1-6), Newton should be able to hold on to the region’s third place slot, allowing it to qualify for state.
This season, Ty’liyah Hardeman has been the leader at the plate with a .561 batting average, 32 hits and zero strikeouts. Meanwhile, in the pitching circle it’s been Britney Ellis serving as the workhorse.
Ellis has pitched 85 percent of Newton’s innings and has recorded a 3.71 ERA. She’s logged 49 strikeouts to just 12 walked batters. Mariah Williams anchors the outfield with a .875 fielding percentage, and she also has 12 stolen bases.
Newton’s Thursday game at Rockdale is schedule for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch. The Lady Tigers (4- 13, 2-7) are sitting in fifth place in Region 3-AAAAAA, thanks to a 21-10 win over Grovetown Thursday. Both of Alcovy’s region wins this season have been against Grovetown.
Alcovy will look to bounce back from Saturday’s 10-2 loss to Heritage when it hosts Evans Monday at 5 p.m.