Easy day for LaGrange
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
With a showdown with the rival Troup Lady Tigers looming on Thursday, the LaGrange High softball team had an easy time of it Tuesday afternoon against visiting Sandy Creek.
In a Region 5-AAAA game, LaGrange got a four-inning perfect game from Emily Anderson, and the offense put 11 runs on the board in the second inning on the way to a 14-0 victory.
The Lady Grangers improved to 7-6 overall, and they’re 3-2 in region play.
Although it was a comfortable, stress-free win, head coach Jan Jones said there are still things the players can learn from the game.
“We swung the bat well, but we still have areas of improvement,” Jones said. “Base-running killed us a few times in this game. So you can always see things to work on.”
The Lady Grangers are in the midst of a busy stretch.
They played in five games in a tournament in Columbus over the weekend, and after their two region games this week, they’ll play in the re-scheduled Callaway Classic this weekend.
So in a span of nine days, LaGrange will play 12 games.
“For us, we’re just trying to get better,” Jones said. “And we have gotten better.”
In the Shaw tournament, LaGrange went 3-2, with Anderson delivering a pair of terrific pitching performances on Friday.
Anderson took the day off on Saturday after pitching 15 innings the day before.
“We played some really good teams,” Jones said. “Everybody got to play, every pitcher got to throw. That was kind of the goal was to give everybody (playing time). It’ll be about the same thing this week (in the Callaway tournament).”
Against Sandy Creek, there was no suspense.
The Lady Grangers scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and that was more than enough support for Anderson, who retired all 12 batters she faced with eight strikeouts.
Sandy Creek nearly got a hit in the second inning, but center fielder Cassidy Creed made a nice running catch for the second out.
Karsin Spinks got things started offensively with a double in the bottom of the first inning, and she later scored on a wild pitch.
Anderson walked and Taylor Livingston reached on an infield single, and both players scored on wild pitches, and LaGrange led 3-0 through one inning.
In the second inning, 15 LaGrange batters came to the plate during the 11-run outburst.
Livingston had a two-run double, and Anderson had an RBI double, with her blast to left field landing at the base of the fence.
Lauren Kuerzi, Taylor Thrailkill, Spinks and Makenzie Traylor each had RBI singles, and Te’a Winston walked twice and scored two runs in the inning.
Thrailkill doubled in the third inning, but she was left stranded.
Anderson struck out five of the final six batters she faced to end it.
LaGrange will visit Troup on Tuesday as it approaches the halfway point of the region schedule.
After the Troup game, LaGrange wraps up the first half of the region schedule against Carrollton next week.
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