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Lady Gamecocks blast Josey, Butler; stand 3-0 in region
Picking up their third consecutive 4AA victory with a 17-0, run-rule shortened, victory over visiting Josey Tuesday, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Jim Randall Doyle punched a ticket to the region playoffs that begin on Sept. 27.
The victory assures that the local team will head to the state playoffs for its 12th consecutive season.
The team now stands at 6-2 with three games rained out.
The team will participate in the Battle in the Boro Tournament this weekend playing twice Friday and twice again on Saturday.
On Aug. 25, the team will face AAAAAAA Camden County and AAAAA Statesboro and on Saturday, Aug. 26, the opposition will be Dublin and Savannah Christian.
On Tuesday, Aug. 29, SCHS will head to Jefferson County for a battle with last season’s No. 3-seeded Lady Warriors as the team now begins to concentrate on its region playoff seeding.
The Southeast Bulloch contest that was rained out on Monday will be made up in Brooklet on Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.
As with the Butler game on Aug. 17, SCHS scored 15 in the first inning against Josey Tuesday setting up a two-and-a-half inning finish.
That 29-minute first inning featured nine hits, five walks, and a pair of hit batsmen. The team finished with 12 hits featuring two by Kara Canetto, Madison Lewis and Camille Seckinger.
Meliyah Atkins, Canetto, and Seckinger had two RBI each, while Lewis had three.
Sarah Beasley started on the mound and Melanie Mitchell (2-0, 0.00) pitched the final two to pick up the win.
With four innings of work, the freshman Mitchell has a pair of wins.
SCHS traveled to Waynesboro on Aug. 19 to participate in the Burke County Diamond Day.
The Red and White left with a split, downing home team Burke County for the second time this season. This time by a 9-0 count and then falling to Class A Glascock County 7-4.
The second game proved to be the Lady Gamecocks at their worst with five errors, four in the infield, allowing for four unearned runs and going 3-12 with runners in scoring position.
Sarah Beasley (2-2, 0.74) took a hard luck loss.
In 28 innings, the sophomore Beasley has allowed only three earned runs and 12 unearned.
SCHS outhit the Lady Panthers 10-6, but could not get the clutch hits down the stretch. Canetto, Hafer, and Sarah Beasley had two hits each.
Saturday, however, opened better against the host Lady Bears.
Canetto (2-0, 1.24) pitched around eight walks to hurl a no-hitter, the second consecutive by the Lady Gamecock staff. Six hits, three walks, and five errors helped along the way.
Meliyah Atkins had two hits and GeeGee Beasley had two RBI. It was a five-run fifth that shortened the game to five innings.
Butler made its first-ever softball trip to Sylvania on Aug. 17 and the end result was a disaster for the Lady Bulldogs.
In two and a half innings, the Red and White picked up an 18-0 victory.
The home team picked up 18 hits, while Sarah Beasley and Mitchell combined for a three-inning perfect game.
Mitchell pitched the second and third to pick up her first varsity win in her first appearance.
Twelve different Lady Gamecocks had hits and 13 scored runs.
Canetto, Hafer, GeeGee Beasley, Mitchell, Kortlyn Rankin, and Pamela Dixon had two hits each.
On Aug. 16, the Lady Gamecocks picked up a 9-0, six-inning, win over visiting Statesboro.
Canetto hurled a three-hit shutout, striking out five and walking six, but with four of them in the first two innings as she got stronger as the game progressed.
Canetto also picked up three hits, while GeeGee Beasley had two.
SCHS totaled eight hits.