COVINGTON - The Rockdale softball team was eliminated from the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament Wednesday as third-seeded Luella picked up a 10-2 victory in five innings in the loser’s bracket at Alcovy High School.
The Bulldogs, who lost 8-0 in five innings to Alcovy in Tuesday’s first round, will be the league’s No. 4 seed when the state playoffs begin next week.
Luella stayed alive in the four-team tournament and will play the loser of Wednesday’s late game between top seed Alcovy and No. 2 Newton Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The Henry County school got to work with the bats right away, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five times in the bottom of the first against Rockdale starter and losing pitcher Miasia Mayer.
Laurel Wynn and Sierra Cornog drew consecutive walks and Courtney Garrison followed with a single that scored Wynn easily from third and Cornog scored all the way from first when center fielder Danielle Turner led the ball roll around under her glove and go all the way to the fence.
It was 5-0 after run-scoring singles by Lauren Dean and Ashton Harris and Shelby Godfrey’s RBI-ground out.
It got worse in a hurry for Rockdale.
The Lions sent nine more to the plate in the second and again scored five times. Cornog got things started with a double into the left field corner, the first of five consecutive batters to reach base and Luella went up 10-1 later in the inning on Jessica Little’s infield single and an unearned run when India Davis dropped a pop up at shortstop.
Rockdale actually led 1-0 thanks in large part to Davis. She led off the game with a single and stole second. After a strikeout, Sidney Driver stroked a single up the middle to give the Conyers school a quick cushion.
Bre Washington was the beneficiary of the run support as the right-hander tossed a complete game, seven-hitter. Rockdale made it 10-2 in the third when Davis singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Driver hit into a fielder’s choice.
Washington struck out the side in the second, and after Rockdale got consecutive singles in the fourth, Washington retired the final five batters she faced.