Heritage softball crushes Cedar, stays unbeaten

ATHENS — Whether it’s playing hundreds of miles away, or just a few counties north against a league rival, the Heritage softball team has had no trouble piling up victories in the early going.

Carri Wilkerson, Taylor Moser and Germecia Joseph drove in three runs apiece and the Patriots had 23 hits in a 20-0 victory in three innings over Cedar Shoals Tuesday.

Heritage, which was coming off a championship in the Softball in the Sand Tournament in Brunswick last weekend, stayed unbeaten at 10-0 and 5-0 in Region 8-AAAAA with the program’s highest single-game scoring output since defeating Parkview 20-8 in September, 2011.

Wilkerson and Moser, who each tripled as part of their big day, and Joseph, weren’t alone in the barrage in Athens. Jamiya Barker was 3-for-3 with two RBIs; Diamond Callwood had three hits and an RBI; and LaKaitlen Barney chipped in with two hits.

Sophomore Kamryn Toney was the beneficiary of the run support and the right-hander pitched an abbreviated complete game, allowing two hits while striking out seven.

After the lopsided victory and with five league wins by an average margin of11.6 runs, Heritage hosts Gainesville today at 5:55 p.m. Jason McBay, in his second season as Patriots’ coach, will have his team more prepared than in last season’s game when Heritage, which went on to win 30 games, was surprised to only be leading 2-0 in the fifth inning of an eventual 7-1 victory.

“Last year we went up there overconfident and found ourselves in the middle of a battle,” McBay said. “Michelle Green, she coaches them up, we’re not going to take them lightly this year. That was my fault last year. I didn’t have my team ready. I learned that lesson, it was probably a good first-year lesson last year.”