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Patriots softball keeps shut out streak alive

The Heritage softball team still hasn’t been scored upon in 2013. Kierra Camp threw a one-hitter and the Patriots won by shut out for the fourth consecutive game to start the season, 5-0 over Apalachee in Region 8-AAAAA play Tuesday.

Camp faced one batter over the minimum and allowed just a single while striking out 12 in her latest gem. Camp, a Georgia Southern commitment, has teamed with Kamryn Toney to pitch 21 scoreless innings to start the year.

“Both of them, they work really hard and they push each other and both have really improved over the summer and just in a year,” Heritage coach Jason McBay said of Camp and Toney, both right-handers. “I think Kam, honestly, she pushes Kierra every day. They’ve got a great relationship. Both of them get a lot of credit for the shut outs (but) they’ll be really quick to tell you that the defense we put behind them makes their job easier.”

The Patriots’ offense makes it easy on the pitching staff as well. Tuesday against Apalachee’s Rebecca Meade, Camp helped her own cause with a pair of doubles, which sparked a two-run rally in the second and got the Patriots their final run in the fifth. In between, Carri Wilkerson had the first of her three hits to drive in a run, Addy Allegretti stole two bases, including home on the back end of a double steal, and Heidi Shepherd drove in a pair of runs on a suicide squeeze and a ground out.

“I definitely think she’s one of the top pitchers in the region,” McBay said of Meade. “I’m really pleased with (Heritage’s) effort. They do have a target on their back, right now they seem to be thriving on that.”

Heritage (4-0, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAA) will host county rival Salem today at 5:30 p.m.