Easy day for LaGrange

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 1, 2013

It was a short day for the LaGrange High softball team.

Fayette County came into Tuesday’s game without a victory over a Region 5-AAAA team, and that trend didn’t figure to change against a red-hot LaGrange team.

LaGrange made quick work of Fayette County en route to a 17-0 victory, with Makenzie Traylor leading the way with her first high-school home run.

The Lady Grangers (17-8 overall) improved to 8-3 in region play, and they’ve won 11 of their past 13 games overall.

LaGrange has already sewn up one of the region’s top four spots, which means it will be in the state playoffs.

To earn a home playoff series, though, LaGrange needs to finish first or second in the region, and it trails Alexander (10-1) and Columbus (9-2), while Carrollton (8-3) is tied for third place.

LaGrange lost both of its games to Columbus, it split with Alexander, and it has a chance to sweep the season series against Carrollton when the two teams meet next week.

LaGrange continues its region schedule with a game at Sandy Creek today.

TROUP: The Lady Tigers struck first, but it was the Columbus Lady Blue Devils who walked away with a 7-1 victory on Tuesday.

Troup, which finished with six hits, plated a run in the top of the first inning, but Columbus answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Columbus extended its lead with three runs in the third inning before capping the scoring with two runs in the fifth inning.

Troup fell to 4-7 in Region 5-AAAA with three region games remaining, including Thursday’s home game against Fayette County.

LAGRANGE ACADEMY: The Lady Warriors closed the season with back-to-back wins, including a 5-2 victory over Heritage on Tuesday.

Ali Herring, the only senior on the team, went the distance to get the win for LaGrange Academy.

“The team we beat today run-ruled us at the beginning of the year, and we beat them today,” LaGrange Academy coach Charles Parker said. “We’ve improved.”