CONYERS - The Heritage softball team got its region tournament started with a convincing victory Monday.
Kierra Camp tossed a three-hit shut out and the top-seed Patriots defeated Winder-Barrow 8-0 in game one of a best-of-three series in the Region 8-AAAAA Tournament.
The teams played game two of the semi final series, which ended too late for this edition.
Camp, who is committed to Georgia Southern, gave up a lead off single to Cathleen Nugue in the third, but Nugue was erased on an inning-ending double play ball on a bunt attempt that was popped up by Meagan Salter.
After Camp struck out the side in the third, Winder got a pair of singles in the fourth, but two more strikeouts ended the Bulldoggs best threat.
Camp worked around a one-out walk in the fifth with two strikeouts to polish off the abbreviated shut out.
“She threw all her pitches well,” Heritage coach Jason McBay said prior to game two. “That first one is always a big win, hopefully we’re not satisfied.”
Heritage jumped on top for good in the bottom of the first against Winder starter and losing pitcher Erin Harbin. Diamond Callwood walked to start the frame and Addy Allegretti singled to put runners at second and third. Camp followed with an RBI-single to the opposite field and though Allegretti was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Bree Lynn, Carri Wilkerson ripped a run-scoring hit for a 2-0 lead that was misplayed by right fielder Christa Watkins into a triple.
Taylor Moser (single) and Kamryn Toney (double) added run-scoring hits to make it 4-0.
The hosts pushed their lead out to 7-0 in the third. Camp, Wilkerson and Moser all reached on errors by third baseman Ansley Johnson, the last of which chased home Camp. Heidi Shepherd’s infield single made it 6-0 and Destiny Herrera scorched a single that scored pinch-runner Jamiya Barker.
Callwood drew another lead off walk in the fourth and later came around on Wilkerson’s single for the final run of the game.
“I liked almost everyone’s approach at the plate. I really liked our approach,” said McBay, whose team improved to 22-5 with its third consecutive victory.
Fifth-seeded Winder, a winner in a play-in game against Cedar Shoals, then in two games over Flowery Branch in the quarterfinals, was 12-12 overall heading into the nightcap.