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Harlem downs softball Lady Gamecocks, playoffs begin Sept. 27

Falling to Harlem yet again, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle earned a regular season 4AA runner-up spot despite the 10-5 loss in Harlem on Tuesday. 

Still the Lady Gamecocks will host a first round Region 4AA playoff series on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

The opponent will be third seed Jefferson County, an 11-2 winner over Westside-Augusta on Tuesday.

Doyle’s troops will get their final tune-up before the region playoffs when they travel to Millen on Monday, Sept. 25, to face 3A Jenkins County at 5 p.m. There is another nonregion game scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, the day following the region playoff doubleheader. 

Cross Creek, a 7-6, ten-inning winner over the Lady Gamecocks back on Aug. 10, will be here for a 4:30 p.m. contest on that date. If there is a split of the Wednesday DH, the third game will have to be on the 28th as well.

It is possible that a make-up game with Region 4AA foe Glenn Hills may be scheduled for Sept. 26. At press time for the Sylvania Telephone, that was unknown. 

The ideal date for the contest is today, Sept. 21, but no umpires are available.

Finals of the 4AA playoffs will see a doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the home of the highest seed- Harlem, who hosts fourth seed Westside next week. The “if” game will be on the next day. The first round of the state playoffs will be Oct. 11.

In Harlem, the Lady Gamecocks, as they did in Statesboro on Sept. 14, outhit their hosts 7-4, but this time it was errors and walks that did them in.

The Lady Bulldogs built a 9-0 lead through four innings. Six of those runs reached by walk or hit batsman. Among the runs were also three that came in when a sac bunt attempt turned into a three-run error.

But still SCHS did not quit as they put up a five-spot in the fifth to make the game interesting again. There were hits by Pamela Dixon, and GeeGee Beasley as well as walks to Kara Canetto, Maggie Hafer, and Madison Lewis in the inning. 

Canetto finished with a pair of hits and also reached on an error. She also took the loss on the mound. Melanie Mitchell also pitched in relief.

Offensively and defensively, the Red and White had a rough day on Sept. 14.

In a game added to the schedule last week following rainouts that could not be made up, SCHS went back to Mill Creek in Statesboro to face the Lady Devils. On Sept. 7 the Lady Gamecocks fell 3-2 while facing Statesboro’s sophomore ace BA Rogers. Doyle got SHS in another contest in order to see Rogers again. 

On Thursday, the SCHS team fell 2-0.

For SCHS, Canetto (5-3, 2.17) pitched as well as she can pitch, hurling a one-hit, two hit batsmen, complete game, allowing no earned runs. 

As has been the case in their low scoring losses, the Lady Gamecock infield committed costly errors, five of them.

Statesboro pushed across their two runs in the fifth.

The Red and White managed six hits, but only two in the same inning. Given six chances at the plate with a runner in scoring position, there were no hits. There also were 11 strikeouts including all three outs in the seventh.