It was an old fashioned pitcher’s dual on the softball diamond at Heritage High School Wednesday, that is until the hosts took advantage of a surprise pitching change.
Heritage snapped a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth with the only six runs of the game, defeating Alcovy 6-0 in the regular season finale for both schools.
Heritage (21-5) in Region 8-AAAAA and Alcovy (13-5) in Region 2-AAAAAA will each be No. 1 seeds when they kick off region tournament play next week.
Kierra Camp of Heritage and Alcovy’s Kayla Johnson were both dominating heading into the bottom of the sixth when Johnson became ill and was relieved by Jordyn White. That’s when the Patriots took advantage as the first six batters reached base and scored. Diamond Callwood started the inning with a double and Camp reached on an error to put runners at first and third. Carri Wilkerson ripped a two-run single for the first runs of the night and Taylor Moser (single), Addy Allegretti (two-run double) and Kamryn Toney (RBI-double) followed with hits to put Heritage up 5-0 before White could record an out.
A suicide squeeze from Morgan Whiten later in the inning scored Toney to make it 6-0.
Before that, Johnson was excellent for the second time against Heritage in 2013. The southpaw, who shut out the Patriots September 14 in the Morgan County Tournament, again kept the Patriots off the scoreboard in five innings of three-hit ball. Johnson retired the first eight batters she faced - six by strikeout - before LaKaitlen Barney reached on an infield single with two outs in the third. Johnson hit Callwood with a pitch and Callwood stole second before Johnson struck out Camp to strand the runners. Heritage also got singles in the fourth by Allegretti, who fouled off four straight two-strike offerings before ripping a single up the middle, and the fifth by pinch-hitter Destiny Herrera, but Alcovy catcher Morgan Beshears threw out pinch-runner Skylar Harrison on a stole base attempt to end the threat.
Camp was even better.
The Georgia Southern commitment had her perfect game interrupted by a bunt single from White with one out in the sixth, but that was all the visiting Tigers could muster against the right-hander.
Camp struck out 11 and recorded all but one of her outs - a shallow fly out to center field by Raven Smith in the seventh - on the infield.
“I think the game today and the Loganville game (September 12) she was hitting her spots,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay. “The biggest thing with her, she is such a competitor.”