LaGrange Academy ready to defend title
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
LaGrange Academy’s softball team wrapped up the regular season with a dominant 16-0 home win over Gatewood on Thursday.
After scoring a single run in the first inning, LaGrange Academy busted it open with 10 runs in the second inning, and it ended the game with five runs in the bottom of the third.
Next up will be the GISA state tournament, and LaGrange Academy is looking to win a second consecutive state championship.
LaGrange Academy, which won the Class A state championship last year with a victory over Flint River Academy, will host First Presbyterian Academy in the opening round of this season’s state tournament.
They’ll play a best-of-three series, with game one set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, and they’ll play all three games in one day if needed.
If LaGrange Academy beats First Presbyterian, it will advance to the state-championship series for the second consecutive season.
The best-of-three championship series will be held in Dublin on Oct. 22 and Oct. 24.
LaGrange Academy is attempting to win the eighth state championship in the history of the program.
LaGrange Academy won state in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2019, and it finished second three times.
In Thursday’s game, it was all LaGrange Academy, which got a three-inning no-hitter from Amber Corley, who struck out six batters.
Offensively, Natalee Waddell had two hits and three RBIs, Lanie Lackey had a hit and an RBI, Kayla McBride had three RBIs, Caley Worsley had two RBIs, Kelsey Cotton, Mackenzie Jones, Kayla McBride, and Addison Worsley each had RBIs, and Lexi Franklin had a hit.