Soft­ball Note­book

The Covington News - - SPORTS - Sports@cov­news.com East­side re­mains per­fect in re­gion play Lady Rams inch­ing closer to state tour­ney berth Al­covy try­ing to end well Brett Fowler of The Wal­ton Tribune and Gabriel Sto­vall con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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.

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