Lady Bulldogs fall to No. 2-ranked Loganville

CONYERS - The Rockdale softball team needed a couple more hits to make things interesting against No. 2-ranked Loganville on Thursday at the Earl O'Neal Sports Complex.

Morgan Nollett and Katy Lewis combined on a three-hitter as the Lady Red Devils (15-2 overall, 6-0 in 8-AAAA South) chalked up a 4-2 win over the Lady Bulldogs (4-7 overall, 2-4 in 8-AAAA South).

"Considering the last time we played them (a 7-1 loss), it was an improvement," Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton said. "But we've got to hit the ball better. That's our biggest thing right now, we're in a hitting slump. We only had three hits tonight. We tagged the ball good a couple times, but hit it right at them.

"But we just have to be more aggressive. Maybe we need to mix the line-up and get some chemistry going."

After Loganville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Rockdale answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest.

Leadoff batter Katlyn Baker reached on an error and moved to third on Kara Johnson's one-out double. After Stephanie Scaffe walked to load the bases, Kaitlin Overstreet delivered a clutch two-run single to tie the game.

The Red Devils retook the lead in the top of the second when Lewis tripled with one out and scored on a fielder's choice by Jamie Cyrus.

Loganville extended its lead to 4-2 in the top of the sixth. Morgan Staffins tripled to lead off the inning and scored Megan's ground out to second.

The Bulldogs managed only one more hit after the first inning, a leadoff single by Katie Ferrell in the bottom of the second.

Ferrell took the loss for Rockdale despite a strong performance in the circle.

"I think we are progressing. Since day one, we've progressed 100 percent," Hamilton said. "But to be competitive in the region, we've got to be more defensively sound, not make too many errors and mentally we've got to be there and be more aggressive at the plate.

"I'm happy with the girls and how they fought (in the first inning to stay in the game). I just wish we could maintain it for seven innings."

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.