CONYERS - No. 2 Loganville took care of business on the road Tuesday in five innings by shelling Salem 13-4.
The Lady Red Devils (13-2 overall, 5-0 Region 8-AAAA South) scored at least one run in each inning, collecting 12 hits while stranding 10 base runners.
Meanwhile, it turns out all Rockdale (4-6, 2-3) needed was one inning - the first - against Monroe Area (4-7, 2-4) to secure a 3-0 win at the Earl O'Neal Sports Complex.
For Loganville, it was its seventh straight win.
In comparison, the Lady Seminoles (2-13, 0-4) had four hits and four errors.
"I liked the way we came out and attacked the softball," Loganville coach Alan Maddox said. "We've been struggling lately getting runners on and not bringing runs in. Today I thought we did a pretty good job of when we got runners on of putting the ball in play and making sure we scored runs."
Loganville struck early in the first inning, jumping out to a 4-0 lead that it would not relinquish. RBI hits by Morgan Staffins (triple), Megan Wing (single) and Courtney Beshel (single) helped jump start the offense.
After holding Salem scoreless in the bottom of the second, Loganville tacked on three more runs in the second thanks to several miscues in the field.
But the Lady Seminoles responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second. RBI hits by Justice Smith and Alyssa Essington cut the lead to 7-2.
Nevertheless, Loganville retaliated with four more runs in the third. Back-to-back two-run doubles by Staffins and Wing gave their team an 11-2 cushion entering the bottom half of the inning.
"They did a good job of sitting back and adjusting to the pitcher," Maddox said of Staffins and Wing, who combined to go 4-for-6 with six RBIs and four runs scored. "That's something early on in the season that we struggled with."
Despite allowing two runs in the fifth, Loganville added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the victory.
Loganville junior Amanda Posey earned the win. Posey pitched two innings, allowing two hits and one earned run.
Megan Nollet pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run.
"The key to being able to have some longevity as far as the season (goes) is being able to adjust," Maddox said, "because you never know what you're going to see."
Essington was tagged for the loss. In 21/3 innings of work, she allowed nine hits and 11 runs (eight earned).
Meghan Campbell, Jessica Vason and Mackinzy Rogers each had a hit for the Lady Seminoles. RBIs came by way of Samantha McCalvin, Smith and Essington.
"I thought we needed to be more aggressive (in the circle)," Maddox said. "But a win's a win, and we'll take a win. It's one more step to where we're trying to go."
As for Rockdale, despite the early run support the Lady Bulldogs left 13 runners on base.
"I think it does (give us confidence)," Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton said regarding the quick lead. "But we just kind of died off which we can't do against good teams. I'm kind of glad we held on to the win. It feels good, especially going into Thursday and maybe knocking off Loganville."
For Rockdale, the key defensive play came in the top of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Monroe was caught in a double play when the runners found themselves in a pickle after a wild pitch.
When the dust settled, Rockdale had its fourth consecutive victory and second shutout of the year. The first came in an 8-0 win over Thomson on Sept. 6.
Stephanie Scaffe pitched a complete game to collect the win.
Rockdale's MeQuilla Franklin (one run), Kaitlin Overstreet and Cidney Scoggins each had two hits. Katlyn baker went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Kara Johnson drew two walks and scored one run.
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