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COLLEGE NOTES: Salem's Bailey named first team all-conference

DEMOREST -- Piedmont College's Josh Bailey was recently named a first-team all-USA South Conference member, one of six Lions to receive all-league honors.

Bailey, a former Salem standout and junior at Piedmont, had a .407 on-base percentage and hit .317 with team-highs in hits (40) and RBIs (25) in 33 regular season games for the Lions.

Piedmont (17-16, 13-11 USA South) was the No. 5 seed and played No. 4 seed LaGrange on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the double-elimination conference tournament in Rocky Mount, N.C..

Alford goes deep against Towson

ATLANTA -- Callie Alford continues to lead Georgia State softball team. The former two-time all-state player at Heritage ripped a solo home run in last weekend's series finale against Towson, her eighth long ball of the season. While the home run total was second on the team to Paige Nowacki's 12 heading into the Panthers' three-game weekend series against North Carolina-Wilmington, Alford, a sophomore, is No. 1 in a number of other offensive categories.

Alford, an infielder/catcher, leads Georgia State in batting average (.350), hits (43) and RBIs (30), and is a close second in on-base percentage (.441 to Lauren Coleman's .445) and slugging percentage (.618 to Nowacki's .644).

Meanwhile, Whitney Phillips, another Heritage graduate, had a pair of hits in the first game of a doubleheader against Georgia Southern on Wednesday in which Kaitlyn Medlam threw the third perfect game in school history. Phillips is hitting .278 (15-for-54) in 34 games. Rockdale graduate MeQuilla Franklin homered in game against the Eagles and is hitting .255 (14-for-55) in 26 games.