Elite 8 bound: Lumpkin, Jefferson, Commerce all heading to Columbus
Lumpkin, Jefferson, and Commerce all three swept their way into the quarterfinals in Columbus with solid play Wednesday evening, joining Banks County (punched a ticket Tuesday). Union is on the cusp after forcing a winner-take-all game 3 on Thursday.
The Lady Panthers (16-14) forced a decisive game 3 against Vidalia. After falling 9-1 in the first game, Union stormed back for a dramatic 5-4 win to force Thursday’s game 3.
The Lady Indians (20-12) matched the 2012 Lumpkin team in returning to Columbus with a two-game sweep (5-3, 4-2) of Crisp County. Lumpkin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning of game one, and AK Wilson’s 2-out RBI made it 3-0 in the 3rd. Crisp County retaliated with 2 runs in the home half of the 3rd. The home team tied it up at 3 in the 4th, and Lumpkin survived a bases loaded 5th inning jam. Evee Horndecker knocked the eventual game-winning 2-run triple in the 6th, winning 5-3. In the clincher, Lumpkin again scored 2 in the 2nd, while Crisp cut the lead in half in the 3rd. Natalie Robinson’s RBI double made it 3-1 in the 4th. The 5th saw Crisp close within 3-2, but Robinson’s RBI single doubled it up to 4-2, which held as the final.
The Lady Dragons (25-9) were pushed to the brink of elimination in their opening round, but this time was different. Playing at #1-seed Brantley County. It was a complete team win in the first game, a 13-0 blowout, which was followed by a 7-2 win in the clincher. MacKenzie Turner went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, while Abby Beatty had 2 doubles and an RBI in the second game. Chloe Hiatt had 2 hits and 3 RBI in game one, while Amber Tullis (3 RBI), Caroline Brownlee (2 hits, RBI), and Emily Matthews (2 hits, RBI) all led the way in the opener.
The Lady Tigers (21-7) earned the first round bye as the #6 overall seed from 1A Public, and quickly took control of round two at home against Wilcox County with a 13-5 first game win. Commerce completed the sweep with a 14-6 game two win to move on the Elite 8. Rachel Morgan blasted 3 homeruns, as the team combined for 7 in the two games.