CONYERS -- Not a bad way to bounce back for the Salem softball team: Rylee Rogers tossed a complete game and six different players drove in runs as the Seminoles had no trouble with rival Rockdale, winning 11-5 in Region 8-AAAA play. Salem (5-4, 3-3) was coming off a 13-2 home loss to two-time defending league champion Madison County on Tuesday, but showed no ill effects Thursday.
Rogers was dominant at the start, retiring the first nine batters she faced, five by strike out, as the host Bulldogs only got one ball out of the infield. Meanwhile, the Salem bats got going right away against Rockdale's freshman starter Miasa Mayer. The Seminoles sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first as Whitney Lester singled and Lane Powell walked to start the frame. After a pop out, Rogers singled to load the bases and Lester scored the first run of the game on an error. Later, Patricia Clark added an RBI single, Kayla Yorkman walked with the bases loaded and Kristen George's fielder's choice groundout scored pinch-runner Alexis Chisman to make it 4-0. Salem got a run on an error in the third, then sent nine to the plate in the fourth and got bases-loaded walks from George and Kara Bassett to make it an 8-0 game.
That was more than enough for Rogers, who struck out 10 in a 129-pitch effort. Rogers allowed her first base-runner when India Davis led off the fourth with a single off the glove of second baseman Kendra Jenkins. Candace Johnson followed with a bloop single, and a pair of wild pitches later in the inning allowed both to score to cut the deficit to 8-2. A throwing error allowed a run to score in the fifth and Salem got some more distance in the sixth when Bassett was hit by a pitch to open the inning and scored on Taylor Beauchamp's sacrifice fly to center field. Aother infield error made it 11-2.
Rockdale dropped its fourth consecutive game and fell to 2-5 in league play and 2-12 overall.Patriots extend winning streakCONYERS -- Kierra Camp fired a complete game two-hitter as Heritage won its ninth consecutive game, 6-0 over Winder-Barrow. Camp struck out 12 during the dominant effort that saw the Patriots improve to 6-1 in Region 8-AAAA and 14-4 overall. The Patriots led just 1-0 on Camp's run-scoring single in the first, but opened things up in their final at bat. In the bottom of the sixth, Heritage got a two-run single from Macarri Wilkerson, run-scoring singles from Diamond Callwood and Kayla Phillips and a sacrifice fly from Simone Davenport that made it a 6-0 game.
"Five runs in the bottom of the sixth, kind of put it out of reach," said Heritage coach Dickey Hightower. "(Camp threw a) real good game. Threw the ball well, threw the ball hard."