Patriots, Seminoles win on diamond

CONYERS -- It didn't take the Heritage softball team long to move to 2-0 Monday.

Macarri Wilkerson had a double, triple and three RBIs and Kierra Camp was dominant on the mound in the Patriots' 15-0 win in three innings over New Manchester.

Heritage (2-0) traveled to Lithia Springs on Tuesday and will be back in Conyers hosting area foe Newton tonight at 5 p.m.

Along with Wilkerson's big day, Kamryn Toney added a pair of singles, and Nielah Floyd added a triple and scored three runs.

"We were helped with walks but we got timely hits (and) their pitcher struggled a little bit," first-year Heritage coach Jason McBay said. "I think they walked about eight or nine batters and we were able to capitalize on that. (The offensive outburst) was pretty much everybody."

Camp, the junior hurler who is in her second season as the Patriots' ace, handled the second-year team from Douglasville, allowing just one hit and striking out eight.

"Overall, it was a good home opener," McBay said. "Any win is a good win; obviously we got to beat better teams than what we played tonight to get where we want to be."Seminoles shut out BulldogsRylee Rogers came through on the mound and at the plate in Salem's 10-0 win over county rival Rockdale on Monday.

Rogers, a senior, pitched a complete game and struck out five, allowing just two hits while going 3-for-3 at the plate for the Seminoles, who moved to 1-1.

"(Rogers) was hitting all her marks and her change-up was on point," Salem coach Ronnie Miller said.

Miller, in his first season as head coach at Salem, said his team executed a near-perfect game plan against a speedy Rockdale team. The Seminoles' defense was the main catalyst.

"(Salem had) put a lot of thought on how we were going to match up defensively against Rockdale," Miller said. "We knew that they had lots of speed and we wanted to limit as many extra bases as possible. We have been working tediously on our infield and defending the small-ball game. Against Rockdale, our defense came through for us in a big way; playing five innings without any errors is a coach's dream come true."

Rogers wasn't the only star Monday in Conyers. Payton Canty had three RBIs, while Whitney Lester, Alexie Chisman and Kristen George added two hits each.