More school sports: Lady Dawgs on a roll, DEA picks up first win, SHS softball gets back on track

Fall sports are now in full swing! We here at The Chronicle will be doing things a bit differently for fall sports. This is our busiest time of year and because we have a small staff, our plan for now is to periodically roll out comprehensive looks at fall sports standings across all of our schools here in Emanuel.

Starting things off this week, we’ll be taking a look at the three varsity softball teams’ seasons so far as well as providing a line or two about middle school football.

Emanuel County Institute started its 2021 softball season back in early August. To date, the Lady Dawgs have racked up an impressive 6-1 record. They beat Tattnall County 3-0 at home on August 7; Jenkins County 12-0 on the road on August 18; Morgan County at a neutral site 8-0 on August 20; Southeast Bulloch at home 4-2 on August 21; and both Ola 7-0 and Winder 1-0 at a neutral site on August 27. That’s a whopping 34 runs scored in just six games! The icing on the cake? Across those same six games, ECI’s pitching and defense have combined to allow only 2 runs cross the plate.

ECI’s lone loss so far came at the hands of Vidalia. Despite a home field advantage on August 10, the Lady Dawgs fell in a close one 5-4.

They were scheduled to play Tuesday, August 31, at home against Portal. On Thursday, September 2, ECI will be on the road in Claxton, then return home on September 4 to take on Bryan County.

Swainsboro High School began its ’21 softball season in early August as well. The Lady Tigers have had some trouble, as to be expected so early in play, but it appears they’re ironing out the kinks as the team crushed Treutlen last week, picking up its second win of the year.

So far, the Lady Tigers are 2-4—but they have a long stretch remaining to right the ship. Swainsboro dropped its season opener on August 5 to Bryan County at home 16-0, then came back strong on August 7, edging Portal 6-5 at a neutral site.

Later that day, Washington-Wilkes found a way to upend the Lady Tigers 11-3 at that same neutral site.

So did Toombs County on August 19, despite Swainsboro’s home field advantage. In fairness, Toombs County has hovered toward the top of Region 2-AA in years past, and on paper, it appears the Lady Bulldogs’ offense came prepared for the task in Swainsboro, winning 11-2.

Coach Alicia Hendrix and her squad regrouped on Monday, August 23, and evidently came back prepared as the Lady Vikings of Treutlen High visited Swainsboro last week. The Lady Tigers won 9-1 and tried to carry that momentum into a contest against East Laurens on the road on Thursday, August 26. The Lady Falcons, a region foe and longtime program rival, found a way to get it done, however, winning 8-6. (A report about this game can be found elsewhere in this edition.)

SHS softball began this week with a road game in Vidalia on Tuesday. Look for results in a future edition of The Chronicle. Swainsboro entered the game 2-4 while Vidalia, a repeat region contender, entered the game at 6-1.

Swainsboro should also face Jeff Davis on Wednesday at home and Bacon County on the road in Alma on Thursday. The Lady Tigers will look to avenge the loss to Toombs with a rematch on Tuesday, August 7, as the Lady Bulldogs host the second region match-up between the two teams.

Again, look for those results in an upcoming edition of The Crossroads Chronicle.

David Emanuel Academy threw the first pitch of this season back in early August as well. According to the schedule posted to the school’s website, the Lady Eagles should have opened the year on the road at Thomas Jefferson Academy on August 10.

Little information has been made available yet for neither that game nor the games following it. From the looks of the schedule, however, DEA has been running a gauntlet of travel with a massive eight road games spread out between the program’s first game August 4 and next Tuesday, September 7.

The only results available so far indicate the Lady Eagles dropped two of those away games—the season opener, 4-1, against Pinewood Christian on August 12 and another contest on August 19, 6-0, against Trinity Christian in Dublin.

Not to be deterred, David Emanuel got into the win column on August 26, putting the beat down on Edmund Burke 10-0. (Making the win even sweeter? It was a road victory.)

The schedule shows DEA hosting Central Fellowship Christian Academy on Tuesday, August 31, and it appears the team will again hit the road on September 7 for a rematch with CFCA and September 9 for a game against Covenant Academy. Both of those schools are located in Macon.

As always, look for results in a future edition of our paper.

In regard to middle school sports, The Chronicle reached out to ECI middle school’s head coach, Greg Kennedy, as well as Swainsboro Middle School’s head coach, Corey Chalker, for a recaps of the latest action.

Coach Kennedy’s middle school Dawgs opened their season on the road on Thursday, August 19, with a scrimmage against North Tattnall. ECI won 28-6, and everyone on the team saw playing time. Tyler Foreman, Chase Johnson, Ja’shon Branch, and Rashard Smith all scored touchdowns. ECI middle school will next suit up this Thursday, September 2, to take on Bryan County at home.

Meanwhile, Coach Chalker’s squad had to postpone the start of their season due to COVID. The younger Tigers were set to open on the road on Thursday, August 26, taking on the Dublin Irish. Instead, they will move along to their next scheduled opponent in East Laurens when the Falcons visit Swainsboro this Thursday, September 2.

And that’s the latest in your sports news from around the county!

On that note, coaches and parents… If you have any sports news you’d like reported, please give us a call at 478-331-7251 or email No matter the sport, no matter the level—we want your news! Just give us your bullet points and we’ll do the rest.

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