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Lady Leopards blank Jefferson; softball weekly recap

The #1-ranked Banks County Lady Leopards in Class 2A, and also-ranked-first Jefferson (in Class 3A), squared off on Thursday evening in Jefferson, and it was the away team who came away with a big 9-0 victory, led by reigning Player of the Week Tybee Denton.

Denton bashed a pair of homeruns, and struck out 21 batters (that’s not a typo) in a dominant victory for Banks County (4-0). Through four contests, Banks County has outscored opponents 29-2.

Here’s a recap of the week’s action heading into Friday games:

BANKS COUNTY

The #1-ranked Lady Leopards (4-0; see above) slapped around Jefferson in an elite matchup, and on Monday edged East Hall, 3-2. Commerce lies ahead on Friday at home.

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The #7-ranked Lady Tigers are a flawless 3-0 this season. Last week that included back-to-back wins over Habersham Central and Union County at Diamond Day (hosted by Union). Commerce beat Habersham 6-0 before a 9-3 win over the host Union County. A date at Banks County happens tonight (Friday).

DAWSON COUNTY

Dawson County sits at 1-4 and already in an 0-2 hole in region play. A 20-4 win over Chestatee on August 6 got the girls to 1-1 on the year, but an 8-1 loss to Rabun followed. On Monday, the Lady Tigers dropped back-to-back 7-AAA games against GAC, 8-0, and to East Hall, 14-2. Dawson is done for the week.

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HABERSHAM CENTRAL

The Lady Raiders (3-3; 1-1 in 8-AAAAAA) have gotten off to a pretty good start. An 8-2 Monday win at Stephens County was followed up on Tuesday with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Gainesville, giving the Lady Raiders their first region win. Thursday saw a tough 4-1 loss at home against Dacula to close the week for Habersham.

JEFFERSON

The #1-ranked Lady Dragons were rolling on a three-game win streak before playing #1 Banks County on Thursday. Jefferson was blanked 9-0 at home to drop to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in region play. Both losses (Banks and Apalachee) came by a combined 17-0 score. Take those away, and Jefferson is ridiculously good, outscoring opponents 20-5 in the four victories. The Lady Dragons are done for the week.

LUMPKIN COUNTY

Lumpkin (4-4) is on the upswing after a 1-4 start to the year. Three straight wins came against Union on Monday by a 5-4 score, a 17-0 bashing of Chestatee on Tuesday, and a rematch Thursday with Chestatee to the tune of 11-0. The Lady Indians open region play next week against Dawson County.

RABUN COUNTY

The Lady Cats are 2-1 early on, beating Dawson and Towns County. Stephens County on the road happens on Friday night.

STEPHENS COUNTY

The Lady Indians are off to a solid 3-3 start and 1-0 in region play. The week started off with an 8-2 loss to rivals Habersham Central, but on Thursday they took it out on North Oconee, winning 5-3 to open region play. Rabun County comes to town on Friday night.

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TOWNS COUNTY

Towns County (1-3; 1-1 in 8-A) has a small sample size of four games, but it’s been tough at times with losses: 10-1 at Gilmer, 11-1 vs George Walton to note. But the 15-0 win Thursday over visiting Providence Christian was great to see. The Lady Indians are done for the week.

UNION COUNTY

The Lady Panthers (1-4) have dropped four straight and looking to right the path any game now. They’ve been right there in most of the games, with the last three being decided by three or less runs. A 5-4 Monday loss to Lumpkin was followed by a 3-0 blanking by North Forsyth and a 4-1 loss to Lambert on the same Wednesday night. Union is finished playing for the week.

WHITE COUNTY

#4-ranked White County is looking the part at 4-1 overall. The one loss, unfortunately in region play, came in heartbreaking fashion on a walkoff loss at Flowery Branch in extra innings on Tuesday night. The girls fell 6-5 in eight innings. The rematch with FB came on Thursday, but no score has been reported yet. Cherokee Bluff lies ahead on Saturday.

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