LaGrange snares big region win
Karsin Spinks has accomplished just about everything possible during her time as a LaGrange High softball player.
Heading into Thursday’s game against Alexander, though, Spinks had yet to hit a ball out of the park.
She can cross that off the to-do list now.
With her team trailing 2-1, Spinks hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to pull her team even.
LaGrange went on to capture a 4-3 victory in the Region 5-AAAA showdown.
Alexander came into the game riding high with an unbeaten region record, but that streak is now over.
Alexander had taken a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Spinks gave momentum right back to LaGrange a short time later with her blast.
“When she hit the home run, I said, we’re winning this game,” LaGrange coach Jan Jones said. “I just knew it.”
Jones was right.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, and it was on to extra innings.
Using the international tie-breaker rule, each team began the eighth inning with a runner on second base.
For LaGrange, Te’a Winston started the top of the eighth on second base.
Later in the inning with two outs, Winston was on third base, and Spinks was on first with Makenzie Traylor at the plate.
Traylor came through with a clutch two-run double, giving LaGrange a 4-2 lead.
Alexander scored one run in the bottom of the seventh, but pitcher Emily Anderson got a flyout to end it, leaving a runner stranded on third.
LaGrange scored its first run in the first inning.
Winston was hit by a pitch leading off, Anderson’s bunt moved her over, and Taylor Livingston’s base hit drove her in.
It remained a 1-0 game until Alexander’s Sydnee Council came through with a two-out, two-run home run in the fifth inning, but LaGrange rallied for the big win.
LaGrange (15-8 overall) improved to 7-3 in the region, keeping it in the hunt for one of the region’s top two spots.
LaGrange has four region games remaining.
VOLLEYBALL: The Lafayette Christian School Lady Cougars hung tough against region-leading Sherwood Christian on Thursday, but they were unable to pull off the win.
The Lady Cougars won the first game 25-21, but they lost the next three games 25-10, 25-23 and 26-24 to fall to 1-5 in GISA Region 3-AA.
“The girls showed a lot of fight, a lot of heart,” Lafayette Christian coach Rene Gomez said.
The difference, Gomez said, was the mistakes his team made at critical times.
“We had a stretch of unforced errors,” Gomez said. “Right now, that’s the difference between wins and losses, it’s just making those unforced errors.”
Mary Mae Cole led the offensive effort with seven kills and three aces, and Morgan Douglas had four kills and two blocks.
Defensively, Tori Shaw, Miranda Powell and Lizzy Goodwin combined for 25 digs.
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