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Kennesaw Mountain sweeps Rockdale

Rockdale’s softball team scored the first run of Wednesday’s Class AAAAAA first round doubleheader with Kennesaw Mountain.

It was all Mustangs after that.

The Region 4 champions erased an early, 1-0 deficit in the opener, getting four hits and four RBIs from Madi Lewis and three hits and three RBIs from Lexi Bates in the doubleheader, cruising to 13-1 and 14-0 victories.

Kennesaw Mountain (24-6) will host Region 1 runner-up Tift County in a best-of-3 second round series next week.

Rockdale led 1-0 after India Davis started the series with a triple and scored on Kelsey Stewart’s single. That’s when Lewis, whose big hit was a three-run home run, Bates and the Kennesaw Mountain offense got to work.

“It was a good way to get their attention, have them focus,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Lisa Chapman said of going down early. Kathryn Woody settled down after that two-hit first inning and pitched three innings in each game to pick up a pair of victories.

“(Rockdale) had a couple hits that first inning and Woody…really settled down,” Chapman said. “Rockdale is a good team, they jumped out on us 1-0 in the top of the first inning, it helped our girls to focus and finish the task at hand for the night. It’s nice to be able to get the two wins the first night.”

Rockdale, which struggled with the graduations of standouts Breanna Richardson of Candace Johnson, finished 7-18.