Big sea­son for soft­ball comes to close

Lady Jack­ets fall to Banks County in Sweet 16 stun­ner

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - ROCK­MART By Jeremy Ste­wart jstew­[email protected]

There was ad­ver­sity to over­come early in the Rock­mart soft­ball team’s Sweet 16 series with Banks County. But it was the late de­vel­op­ments in both games of the dou­ble­header that were the hard­est to swal­low.

The de­fend­ing Class AA state cham­pion Lady Jack­ets lost backto-back games to the vis­it­ing Lady Leop­ards last Wed­nes­day in the fi­nal in­ning of each one, elim­i­nat­ing them from the state play­offs and a shot at de­fend­ing their ti­tle.

Rock­mart lost the first game 6-4 in eight in­nings, while Banks County ral­lied back from a 6-1 deficit to earn a walk-off 7-6 win in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in Game 2.

The Lady Jack­ets (26-4) over­came a 3-0 first in­ning from Banks County in Game 1 to take a 4-3 lead in the sec­ond in­ning be­fore Banks tied it up in the third, 4-4. The score held and led to ex­tra in­nings, where the Lady Leop­ards went ahead on a two-run home

/ Jeremy Ste­wart

Rock­mart’s Kin­sey Jones (left) gets the throw from home to try and catch Banks County’s Kya San­ti­ago steal­ing sec­ond in the third in­ning of Game 1 of the sec­ond round play­off series Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, 2018, at Rock­mart.

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