Heritage finishes region schedule 8-0, secures top seed

The Heritage softball team completed an undefeated regular season in Region 8-AAAAA Thursday. Kierra Camp homered and tossed a complete game, six-hitter as the Patriots defeated Loganville 3-1 to finish 8-0 in region games.

Heritage, which also remained unbeaten overall at 13-0, will be the No. 1 seed in the league tournament and will have a bye through the first two rounds before hosting the region semi finals October 7.

The biggest moment of the game came in the top of the fourth with Heritage up 2-1. With two outs, Loganville got a single and a Camp wild pitch to put a runner at second. Rose Schmidt followed with a single to center field and Carri Wilkerson threw out the potential tying run at the plate to end the inning.

Camp, a Georgia Southern commitment, launched a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to give herself some breathing room.

“Carri made a huge play for us, it was a perfect strike,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay. “(Camp’s home run) was a shot.”

Loganville, which fell to 5-1 in league play, scored the first run of the game in the third as Caitlin McBee singled and later scored on a single by DeLaney Gish. The host Patriots took the lead for good a half inning later. Heidi Shepherd led off with a walk, pinch-runner Ta’lor Bynum stole second and scored the tying run on Diamond Callwood’s double. Addy Allegretti followed with a run-scoring single, one of three hits for the freshman, to put the Patriots up 2-1.

“We got big hits when we needed them,” McBay said.

Though Camp allowed her first earned run of the season, she struck out nine and walked one in her latest gem.

After Thursday’s big victory, Heritage is hoping it’s on to bigger and better things when the league tournament and state playoffs begin early next month.

“You want to celebrate the big win like that, Loganville, they kind of had our number the last few years. Tonight was playoff softball,” McBay said. “It’s always a date that all the girls have marked - we’re going to play Loganville. You kind of have to temper that because in another two weeks we could have the possibility of facing them again.”