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Lady Gamecocks upset SEB in 8 innings, 4-3

Pulling off an upset, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock squeezed across a pair of runs in the eighth to down visiting 1AAA Southeast Bulloch 4-3 in non-region softball action Monday.
A Tuesday region contest in Louisville with Jefferson County was canceled because of wet grounds and was rescheduled to be made up Wednesday, weather permitting.
This Sept. 24 afternoon the Lady Irish of Dublin are scheduled to be here.
As it stands next week, the team will host undefeated 2AA power Vidalia on Monday the 28th before traveling to 3AA Swainsboro on the 29th. East Laurens will be here for “Senior Night” on Oct. 1.
At last week’s end, the 3AA standings showed Harlem and SCHS at 5-0; Metter at 5-2; East Laurens at 3-5; and Dublin, Jefferson County, and Swainsboro at 1-5 each.
Monday saw the Red and White pick up their first significant non-region win of the season with a 4-3 eight-inning victory over visiting SEB.
SCHS overcame an abysmal 2-for-15 day with runners in scoring position to score three runs with squeeze bunts, including the winner that came when the SEB catcher dropped a throw home that would have been the third out.
Outstanding pitching from starter Payton Ward, who also had three of the team’s seven hits, and Kara Canetto, who came on in relief, was the real difference.
SCHS held a 2-0 lead entering the fifth as Canetto scored on a wild pitch in the first and Rebekah Woods scored on a GeeGee Beasley squeeze in the third.
However, a pair of errors in the infield let SEB tie the game 2-2.
The eighth saw the obligatory runner placed on second base for each team.
SEB scored once, but had two runners thrown out at home, one by first baseman Maggie Hafer and one by right fielder Whitney Gay.
For the Lady Gamecocks, a Gay bunt single scored Beasley before pinch runner Logan Bargeron scored on Pamela Dixon’s bunt.
After picking up an extremely big win over home-standing Metter on Sept. 15, the Lady Gamecocks showed their ugly side in games the ensuing days in losses to Effingham County 9-1 on the 16th and 6-5 in eight innings to Burke County on the 17th.
The loss to Burke was especially difficult.
In Waynesboro, SCHS entered both the bottom of the seventh and the bottom of the eighth with a lead and could not hold it. The seventh saw the tying run score on a bases-loaded walk while the tying run in the eighth scored on a wild pitch.
On the day, SCHS pitchers walked 14 while allowing only four hits.
Unlike the previous day’s loss to Effingham County, there were no SCHS errors.
While things were coming unglued on the mound, the Lady Gamecocks managed but four hits in eight at bats as Woods and Gay had two each.
The team also was the recipient of eight walks, but a 2-for-9 day with runners in scoring position doomed that.
Effingham County used five SCHS errors combined with seven hits and seven walks to coast to the five-inning victory.
Canetto had three hits in the loss, while Woods had two.