Patriots sweep into round of 16

CONYERS -- The Heritage softball team is moving on. Kierra Camp tossed a pair of shutouts and the Patriots' offense exploded in a sweep of North Paulding, 8-0 and 13-0 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Heritage (30-3) will travel to Cobb County to play Region 7-AAAAA champion Pope and ace pitcher Kelly Barnhill in next week's round of 16.

"We've got a week to prepare for it (and) we're going to have our work cut out. We haven't really faced anybody with (Barnhill's kind) of velocity," Heritage coach Jason McBay said. "(If) our girls play like they played tonight, I feel good about anybody we play."

McBay's bunch had no trouble in Wednesday's sweep. While Camp allowed just two hits and struck out eight in the opener, the Patriots erupted for five runs in the first, with a pair coming on Carri Wilkerson's two-run double. Camp was even better in the nightcap, tossing a four-inning no-hitter and allowing just one baserunner.

Camp also contributed a run-scoring single in the first and, in a seven-run second, she tripled in a run which, along with Cierra Davenport's two-run home run, helped Heritage build an 8-0 lead. Heidi Shepherd also had a big game, driving in three runs, including an RBI single to cap the scoring in the third.

"Every single girl did their job tonight. I could list all 14 (players)," McBay said.