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Metter in Sylvania, home field in state playoffs at stake

With the state playoffs beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 14, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team will host the Metter Lady Tigers this Oct. 8 afternoon with second place at stake.
Though there are tiebreakers that may apply, in all likelihood the winner will host the No. 3 team from Region 2AA, while the loser will travel to the number two seed from the same region.
Game time is scheduled for 5:00 with mostly sunny skies predicted as of Tuesday.
Metter was to host region leading Harlem Wednesday afternoon after the Sylvania Telephone’s press time.
As of Tuesday evening, following the Lady Gamecocks’ 9-1 and 16-6 losses to Harlem, and Metter’s 13-5 win over East Laurens the top three positions showed Harlem at 10-0; SCHS at 9-2; and Metter at 8-2. Harlem and Metter played Wednesday.
Technically, Harlem had not clinched their fourth consecutive 3AA title with Tuesday’s sweep, but a win Wednesday or a win today, Oct. 8, over Jefferson County and they will.
The bottom line on a number of realistic and unrealistic scenarios is that if the Lady Gamecocks win this afternoon, they are the number two seed. It also is true that should the team lose by less than three runs they would still finish second if Harlem beat Metter Wednesday.
In Region 2AA, the top four teams are playing this week for state seeding. No. 1 Vidalia swept Jeff Davis to advance to today’s championship and No. 2 Bryan County still was battling Bacon County. Both of those were two of three series. The championship and consolation games today are single games.
Tuesday’s trip to Harlem was a disappointment as SCHS fell to 0-10 against the Lady Bulldogs over the past four years. Game one saw HHS plate three in the second to take a 4-1 lead that expanded as the game moved along, A grand slam in the bottom of the sixth ended the contest at 9-1. Payton Ward had two hits and Kara Canetto had the lone RBI.
Game two Tuesday began truly horribly for SCHS, who was the home team, as Harlem scored six runs on five hits, including another grand slam, and three walks. But the Lady Gamecocks came back with three of their own.
After the Lady Bulldogs scored another in the second, SCHS got two more. It never got closer, ending after six at 16-6. Ward, GeeGee Beasley, and Allie Bazemore had two hits each. Beasley had three RBI.
Monday in a game that most thought would never be played due to wet conditions saw
the Lady Gamecocks overcome some horrendous bunt coverage in the first two innings to claim a 12-4, five-inning win over visiting Dublin.
Trailing 4-2 entering the home half of the fourth, the home team’s bats erupted. Singles by Beasley and Maggie Hafer; an RBI fielder’s choice by Madison Lewis; an RBI single by Canetto; a two-RBI single by Ward; a two-run homer by Rebekah Woods and the score was suddenly 8-4. Victoria Winters also singled following Woods’ homer, but was left stranded.
Woods (3-1, 3.00) got the win with an impressive 1.2 innings of relief. Entering in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out, Woods struck out the first two batters she faced and then pitched a scoreless fifth to get the win.
SCHS picked up four more runs in the fifth to reach the eight run lead. Canetto and Ward had three hits each, while Woods and Hafer had two each.
Thursday, Oct. 1, saw the team put together a very impressive performance against visiting East Laurens in a 10-0 five-inning win. Canetto (now 10-7, 4.29) became just the third sophomore (Christie Kemp 2002 and Marla Thompson 2008) to win at least 10 games as she hurled a dominant one-hitter while also getting three hits. Winters, Woods and Hafer each had three hits as well. Ward, Woods and Hafer had two RBI each.