Lady Jacekts head­ing to state round at Colum­bus after win­ning lat­est round

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

The Rock­mart Lady Jack­ets are tak­ing a trip to Colum­bus as their run through the Class AA state play­offs with a pair of wins over Thomasville in the sec­ond round Wed­nes­day.

"They drove a long way, and it's tough. But that's part of the play­offs. I'm proud of my girls for com­ing out and work­ing hard," head coach Steve Luke said.

The 30-2 Lady Jack­ets won 9-1 in Game 1 after fin­ish­ing off the Lady Bull­dogs in the bot­tom of the sixth after putting up a pair of runs in the sec­ond, three in the third, and added a pair of runs in the fifth in­ning. The Lady Bull­dogs had thrown out Rock­mart's Anna Lewis and Emily Mauld­ing at home in at­tempts to score, but a two out rally started with a ground rule dou­ble by Shana Abram, fol­lowed up with an RBI sin­gles from Emma Evans and Cam­bree Stan­ley.

Rock­mart rounded up the game with a Emily Lovelace home run and a sin­gle that scored Lewis on a slide into home plate and dropped ball, mak­ing up for the called out from the pre-vi­ous in­ning.

"I think we played a lit­tle ner­vous in the first game. It was the first game in the last eight that our one and two hit­ters didn't get a hit in the game," Luke said. "The bats woke up in the

sec­ond game."

Game 2 ended after four in­nings of play with an­other 12-0 win over Thomasville, this time turn­ing the game into a hit-ting clinic against the Lady Bull­dogs' Lo­gan Milam.

After scor­ing a pair of runs early on, Caro­line Con­ring stepped up to the plate and knocked a home­run over the left field wall, which was her fifth of the sea­son. It also scored a sec­ond run.

Then Tay­lor Camp came to the plate and knocked a solo home­run as well.

In the sec­ond in­ning, Rock­mart added an­other three runs with an RBI sin­gle off of Kelsea El­rod and a Lovelace standup dou­ble.

Stan­ley later slapped a ball into right field and scored three runs which in­cluded a speedy trip around the bases for an in the park home­run. Con­ring later hit an RBI sin­gle in the in-ning and fol­low­ing a bad throw from Thomasville al­lowed Lewis to come home after com­ing into run for Lovelace.

Rock­mart will be back in action on Oct. 27 in the first round of the play­offs against the win­ner of the Jeff Davis-Oglethorpe County games.

Luke, in his fourth trip to Colum­bus in the open­ing round of the cham­pi­onships in Class AA softball, said that his team will have to play loose in or­der to suc­ceed.

It also marked an­other mile­stone for the Lady Jack­ets: Mag-gie Lind­sey will be mak­ing her sec­ond trip to the next round, and she's the only player in Rock­mart his­tory to do so.

"You can't go in tight. The game it­self is go­ing to get you, and the pres­sure is go­ing to get you," he said. "We've got to play loose and let it all out."

Kevin Myrick/SJ

Rock­mart’s bench cleared as Emily Lovelace crossed home plate after hit­ting a home run in Game 1 on Oct. 19.

Top: Shana Abram slides into third base and was ruled safe as the throw ar­rived just too late. Above left: Anna Lewis beats the throw to home, mak­ing up for an ear­lier call where she was thrown out. Mid­dle: Kelsea El­rod scoops up a ball. Above right:...

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