Patriots avenge loss on diamond, win tournament

The Heritage softball team had no problem avenging its first loss of the season last weekend, and the Patriots picked the perfect time to do it. Kierra Camp tossed a three-hit shut out and Heritage got all the runs it would need in the first innings as it defeated Chattooga, 5-0 in the championship game of the Lady Tiger Invite at Temple High School.

Heritage (8-1) avenged a 7-2 loss to Chattooga Friday with a 3-0 run Saturday, including shut outs of Lithia Springs, 10-0, where Taylor Moser tossed five innings of two-hit ball, and Mt. Zion-Carroll, 1-0 (Kamryn Toney seven innings of five-hit ball with eight strike outs) before Camp struck out eight in the title game victory.

“It helps when you have three different pitchers throw shut outs,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay. “Coming into the tournament (Chattooga was) undefeated, they had beaten us (Friday). I felt like they disrespected us a little bit, just like we were another pushover, and then we played like it. We just played awful Friday and I think our girls just wanted a chance to get back to (Chattooga).”

In the championship, the Patriots scored three times in the first, getting a two-run double from Toney and Macarri Wilkerson’s run-scoring ground out to go up 3-0.

“We kind of set the tone early,” McBay said.

Heritage returns home to host Flowery Branch in the Region 8-AAAAA opener for both schools. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.