Successful weekend for LaGrange
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
It was a winning weekend for LaGrange High’s softball team.
After losing its first game in the GADC tournament at East Coweta, LaGrange won its final three games.
East Coweta, which has won the past two Class AAAAAAA state championships, beat LaGrange 12-0 on Friday.
LaGrange followed that up with a 7-6 extra-winning win on Cairo later in the day, and on Saturday it beat Decatur 6-3 and Tatnall Square 4-3.
LaGrange improved to 7-6 heading into Tuesday’s Region 5-AAAA game at Troup.
In Saturday’s final game, Abby Vanhoose’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the sixth inning gave LaGrange the 4-3 win.
Mariana Ceja led off with a base hit, and she moved to second on a Kirsten Williams sacrifice bunt before scoring on Vanhoose’s double.
Vanhoose had two of LaGrange’s seven hits, and Madison Dennis and Jacee Marable also had two hits apiece.
Ceja had one hit, and Camden Smith and Kaylee Bryant each had an RBI.
Smith pitched the six-inning complete game, and she worked around 10 hits to hold Tatnall Square to three hits. Smith had nine strikeouts.
In Saturday’s first game, LaGrange was trailing 3-2 when it scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, and it added two
more runs in the top of the sixth.
Malone Aldridge had two hits and an RBI for LaGrange, and Vanhoose had two hits.
Holly Lynn, Smith and Williams each had a hit and an RBI, and Dennis and Ceja each had a hit.
Stone started and pitched five innings to get the win, and Smith threw the sixth inning to secure the save.
On Friday night against Cairo, LaGrange rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 7-6.
With one out, Ceja reached on an error, and Mary James Stogner came home with the winning run.
Dennis had two hits for LaGrange with two RBIs, and Vanhoose had two hits and an RBI.
Ceja, Marable and Stone each had one hit and an RBI, and Lynn, Williams and Smith had one hit apiece.
Smith pitched all nine innings for LaGrange, and she had 13 strikeouts.
LaGrange will look to improve on its 0-2 Region 5-AAAA record this week.
After Tuesday’s road game against Troup, LaGrange finishes the week with a home game against Sandy Creek on Thursday.