Rockdale softball knocks off Cedar Shoals

CONYERS -- All Rockdale's softball team needed to get back on the winning track was a little home cooking Wednesday. Miasia Mayer threw a complete game and struck out seven and the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated Cedar Shoals, 6-2 in non-region play.

The former region rivals were meeting for the second time in 12 days. Rockdale won 15-0 Aug. 11.

"We beat them pretty big last time, (Wednesday) we kind of came in very complacent," said Rockdale coach Justin Arrington, whose team improved to 5-8. "(Mayer) struggled finding her location but came through big time when we needed it."

The Bulldogs led just 3-2 late in the game, but pulled away with a three-run sixth inning. India Davis led off the inning with a bunt single and Kalia Gabaree and Candance Johnson hit consecutive triples to make it 5-2. Breanna Richardson, who had two hits and two stolen bases, drove in the last of her two RBIs on a ground out that made it a 6-2 game.

"We got three in the sixth, played a little small ball," said Arrington. "They were kind of disappointed (but) a win's a win. They were happy with the win, but they also saw there's room for improvement."

Rockdale has a week off before traveling to Winder-Barrow Aug. 29 and up to Athens to play Cedar for the last time Sept. 5. Local rival Alcovy visits Conyers on Sept. 6 for the Region 2-AAAAAA debut for both schools.

"They're improving every day (and) if we keep improving before region we should be good," Arrington said.