LaGrange unbeaten in Callaway Classic
By Kevin Eckleberry
LAGRANGE – It was a perfect weekend.
The LaGrange High softball team played four games in the Callaway Classic, and it won them all.
After beating Hardaway on Friday, LaGrange surged past Marion County, Woodward Academy and Cairo on Saturday.
While the hitting was consistent in all four games, the pitching was superb as well, with Camden Smith and Hannah Karcher getting it done.
Smith pitched two complete games on Saturday against Cairo and Marion County and gave up just earned run, and Karcher got the wins against Hardaway and Woodward Academy.
LaGrange improved to 6-1, and it will open its Region 5-AAAA schedule with a home game against Cedartown on Tuesday.
“Our younger kids are getting used to play together, and everybody is starting to have good chemistry,” LaGrange head coach Gabby Heath said.
Heath said it was a team effort all weekend.
“Everybody contributed,” she said. “We have 15 players on the team, and every single person contributed in some way. That’s great to see.”
Here’s a recap of each of LaGrange’s games:
After Cairo took the lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning, LaGrange exploded for eight runs in the top of the third to take control.
Katelynn Mobley had two hits with two RBIs, Hannah Karcher had an RBI triple, and Abby Vanhoose had a hit and two RBIs.
Malone Aldridge scored two runs and had an RBI, Shaq Sutton had two runs scored, and Camden Smith had an RBI.
Smith pitched the five-inning complete game and the one run she allowed was unearned.
Smith worked around six hits and a walk while striking out five.
LaGrange had seven hits while taking advantage of 15 Woodward Academy walks on the way to the one-sided win.
Vanhoose, Karcher, Destiny Fitzpatrick and Sutton each walked twice, and Aldridge, Jacee Marable and Kadaysha Griffin also walked.
Karcher added two hits with two RBIs, Vanhoose had a hit and drove in two runs with three runs scored, Fitzpatrick and Sutton each had a hit and two RBIs, and Marable and Griffin each had a hit and an RBI.
Aldridge and Madison Dennis each had an RBI.
Karcher was the starting and winning pitcher.
MARION COUNTY 2
In their first of three games on Saturday, the Lady Grangers scored three runs in the second inning and three more in the seventh to secure the win.
Smith got the start for LaGrange, and she limited Marion County to three hits and one earned run while striking out four.
Smith also led the way at the plate with two hits and three RBIs, Fitzpatrick had a pair of doubles with two runs scored, and Karcher had two hits.
Marable had a double and two RBIs, Aldridge had a hit, and Mobley drove in a run.
Facing Hardaway for the second time this season, LaGrange rolled to the victory in its first game in the Callaway Classic on Friday afternoon.
The game was played at Granger Park.
Marable had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.
One of Aldridge’s two hits was a triple as well, and she had one RBI.
Dennis had two hits, Griffin had a hit and an RBI, and Fitzpatrick and Sutton each had a hit.