The Swainsboro Lady Tiger softball team traveled to East Dublin last Thursday and despite hitting and pitching well enough to win, the group fell by a final score of 8-6.
In the top of the first inning, the Lady Tigers took advantage of 2 walks, 2 hit batters, and a single to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
East Laurens then scored single runs in the second and third innings to tie up the game.
The Lady Tigers would then retake the lead as they pushed across 2 runs in the top of the next inning. Swainsboro took that 4-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, but 3 hits and 3 defensive errors later, the Lady Tigers found themselves down by a score of 6-4.
In the final three innings each team would score 2 runs, resulting in the final 8-6 loss.
Swainsboro’s offense generated 6 runs on 8 hits, and pitcher Callie Powell allowed just 2 earned runs, but still, the team just could not overcome the physical and mental errors committed by their defense.
Ironically, the poor defensive outing for the Lady Tigers came just 1 game after playing a near flawless defensive game in the 9-1 win over Treutlen on Monday.
The leading hitter in Thursday’s game for the Lady Tigers was Jocie Hendrix, who was 4-4 with 2 doubles. Hannah Howard, Caley Wilkerson, Millie Hooks, and Chasity Adams (double) each had one hit on the day.
Powell allowed just 2 earned runs on 8 hits and allowed 2 walks while striking out 6 batters in her 6 innings of pitching.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Lady Tigers as they will play consecutive region games against three of the strongest teams in GHSA’s Class AA. Games include: Tuesday evening at 5:45 p.m. at Vidalia (score to be published at a later date); Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at home against the 8-1 Jeff Davis Yellowjackets; and Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. on the road at (5-3) Bacon County.