A long lay off didn’t seem to bother Kierra Camp and the Heritage softball team. In her first start of the season, Camp tossed a no-hitter and the Patriots’ offense gave her plenty of support in a 9-0 victory in six innings over Flowery Branch in the Region 8-AAAAA opener for both schools.
Heritage (2-0, 1-0) had its games in the Mill Creek Tournament postponed last weekend and hadn’t played since defeating rival Rockdale 9-0 on August 14.
The combination of Camp and Kamryn Toney combined to allow one hit to Rockdale, but Camp took it upon herself to best that effort. The senior right-hander, who is headed to Georgia Southern next fall, allowed just two walks and struck out 12 batters and in eight innings pitched this season has allowed three base-runners while striking out 14.
Meanwhile, the Heritage offense looked nothing like a group that hadn’t played in six days. The Patriots jumped on top with two runs in the first, and thanks to a two-run double by Toney scored three more times in the third to go up 5-0.
Taylor Moser had three hits, Carri Wilkerson had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs, Camp drove in a run and Toney added a sacrifice fly to pace a 10-hit attack.
“Honestly I was really nervous coming in,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay. “We played nine games before our first region game last year and I felt really good and had a pretty good handle and idea what we could do what we couldn’t do. We had only played one game against Rockdale coming into today (and) I honestly think Flowery will be one of the top four teams in our region. I was worried about us coming out flat and we didn’t at all. High energy and we were upbeat.”
Heritage put the game away with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
“Got good hitting, good defense, good pitching. Just played (an) all around good solid game,” McBay said.
The Patriots will try to stay unbeaten when they host Clarke Central Thursday at 6:00 p.m.