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Rockdale plays spoiler
Lady Bulldogs rally to edge Lady Seminoles in Salem stadium debut

CONYERS - Something had to give between the Rockdale and Salem softball squads on Thursday.

After all, each team had two wins entering play. However, records are easily cast aside whenever these cross-town rivals square off.

And it proved to be yet another classic showdown in the first game ever at Salem's new field as the Lady Bulldogs (3-6 overall, 1-2 in Region 8-AAAA South) edged the Lady Seminoles 7-6.

Trailing 6-4, Rockdale scored three runs in the top of the seventh on four consecutive hits.

"The girls got down early, and I didn't feel like we were together today," Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton said. "I'm so glad that the seventh inning happened the way it did, but we can't wait. I'm not happy with us waiting until the seventh inning to do it."

After back-to-back singles by Rockdale's Stephanie Scaffe and Kaitlin Overstreet, sophomore Cidney Scoggins launched a two-run double to deep left-center field, tying the game at 6.

Katie Ferrell then smacked an RBI single up the middle to give Rockdale the lead for good.

"It felt amazing," Scoggins said. "I cannot believe that we just did that. I've been doing bad so far, (but) I finally got a good hit and I'm really happy. We came out here and beat them in their first game on their home field, so it felt amazing."

For the Lady Bulldogs, it marks their third straight win in a row.

"I think our upperclassmen really realize that it's up to them to kind of guide the underclassmen," Hamilton said. "Had they not stayed alive for seven innings, we would have lost this game. I think they've really taken ownership of it."

Salem (2-12, 0-4) took a 4-0 lead after the first inning when the first four batters scored. Senior Meghan Campbell led the charge with a two-run single.

Rockdale picked up a run in the second after an RBI single by Hope Matthews. But Salem responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of its own, making it 5-1.

After Overstreet drew a bases loaded walk to score MeQuilla Franklin, Rockdale trailed 5-2.

The Lady Bulldogs added two more runs in the fifth thanks to several wild pitches by Kristi Allbritten.

Salem increased its lead to 6-4 after an RBI single by Campbell.

Down three runs entering the top of the seventh, the Lady Bulldogs rallied to spoil the party for the Lady Seminoles.

Ferrell picked up the win with a complete game. She had five strikeouts and zero walks, allowing four earned runs.

Collectively, the Lady Seminoles had 12 hits.

Allbritten was credited with the loss. Despite four strikeouts in two innings, she allowed three runs on four hits, including three walks.

Overstreet finished 2-for-2 with one RBI, two walks and three runs scored.

Campbell led Salem with three hits, including three RBIs, while Tori Beauchamp and Samantha McCalvin each had two hits.

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.