Patriots win 13th straight

CONYERS -- No Kierra Camp, no Heidi Shepherd, no problem for the Heritage softball team. Kamryn Toney tossed three innings of one-hit ball and Taylor Moser led a barrage at the plate as the Patriots stayed hot with a 15-0 win over Cedar Shoals on Tuesday.

Heritage won its 13th consecutive game and moved to 18-1 overall and 5-0 in Region 8-AAAAA, playing without ace pitcher Camp and second baseman/catcher Shepherd, who were both out with a sickness. It didn't seem to matter as Toney picked up right where Camp left off on the mound.

Toney, a freshman, picked up strikeouts on seven of the nine outs she recorded and allowed just a single in three innings. Meanwhile, the Heritage offense, which is averaging nearly eight runs per game, turned an early 1-0 lead into a blowout with a 14-run second inning.

Moser had a huge day with the bat, coming within a home run of the cycle and driving in five runs. Jamiya Barker drove in three runs with a triple and a single. Cierra Davenport (2-for-2, double, RBI), Diamond Callwood (2-for-3, triple, RBI) and Toney (triple, RBI) all contributed.

During the long winning streak, which began with a 10-0 victory over Lithia Springs Aug. 18, Heritage has allowed just 10 runs and pitched 10 shutouts. The Patriots will try to keep their streak going and stay unbeaten in league play when they travel to Hall County to play Gainesville tonight at 5:55 p.m.

In other games, Salem and Alcovy were rained out on the softball field Tuesday. No makeup date had been announced at press time. The Heritage volleyball team dropped its first Region 8-AAAAA match of the season Tuesday, falling 2-0 to Apalachee. The Patriots, who fell to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in league play and had their seven-match winning streak snapped, lost 25-7 and 25-10.