Patriots win streak up to 10

CONYERS -- The Heritage softball team is starting to make winning tournament championships a regular occurrence.

The Patriots dominated their competition this past weekend, going 5-0 in winning the Watermelon Tournament title in Cordele.

Heritage, which improved to 15-1 under first-year coach Jason McBay, shut out four opponents, including Pierce County, 10-0 in the championship and out-scored its five foes 38-7 during the two-day event.

Since losing 7-3 to Chattooga early in the Lady Tiger Invite at Temple High School 11 days ago -- a tournament Heritage came back to win after defeating Chattooga in the rematch -- the Conyers school has allowed just eight runs in winning 10 consecutive games.

Now it's on to the most important part of the schedule as Heritage continues Region 8-AAAAAA play, hosting Apalachee tonight at 6:30 p.m. Before the tournament championship in Cordele, Heritage won its first two league games over Flowery Branch and Clarke Central.Plenty of top finishes for Patriots' cross countryHeritage had a good showing at the Spalding invite cross country race in Griffin last weekend. The boys had five top-20 finishes, including Malik McCrary (sixth, 18:47.6), Nathan Freeman (seventh, 18:51.7) and Thomas Donaldson (eighth, 19:03.8). Jeremy Milton also placed 12th at 19:24.12 and Chase Hall, 16th at 19:34.16.

The girls had three top-20 finishers, led by Emily Taylor, who was 10th (24:36.10). Sophie Moll placed 12th at 24:44.12, and Ferree Buck ran a 17th-best time of 25:33.17.