The Heritage softball team suffered its first loss of the season last weekend, but still came out with a tournament championship. The Patriots went 4-1 and won the Morgan County Tournament, despite having their 17-game winning streak to start the season snapped in a 3-0 loss to Alcovy.
Heritage (17-1) clinched the tournament championship because it allowed one less run than Alcovy (6-5). Still, in the final game of the tournament, Alcovy’s Kayla Johnson dominated, retiring 21 of the 23 batters she faced for the shut out victory.
“Not to take anything away from Alcovy and their pitcher Kaila Johnson, she is an exceptional pitcher with major upside. But they didn’t get our very best effort,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay. “We must learn how to win a big game and get up and win an even bigger game and get up again to win even bigger games. From here on out the stakes are raised higher and higher each time.”
Before the loss, Heritage picked up a pair of wins in the gold division over Hart County (11-2), thanks to a one-hit, eight-strikeout performance from Georgia Southern commitment Kierra Camp and four RBIs from Carri Wilkerson, and Eastside (8-0) behind a two-hit, nine-strikeout shut out by Kamryn Toney.
“I was very pleased with the effort of every girl in both of our first two games (Saturday),” said McBay. “We had some key hits, smart base-running, and a few stellar defensive plays.”
Friday, the Patriots got their tournament off to a fine start with two shut out victories. First, Heritage knocked off Duluth 2-0 (Toney struck out eight in a three-hit shut out), then Camp dominated Social Circle 3-0 with 12 strikeouts in a two-hit shut out.
Wilkerson led the way at the plate, picking up nine RBIs in the five tournament games.
Bulldogs runner-up at Collins Hill
The Rockdale volleyball team came up just a little short this past weekend. The Bulldogs finished as runner-up in the gold bracket of the Collins Hill Classic, losing to North Gwinnett 3-0 in the title match.
In a semi final win over Mountain View, the teams split the first two games before Rockdale (26-6) picked up a 15-10 victory in the deciding game.
“All in all we played a great match. I was real proud of them, we played hard. Nothing to hang our head about,” said Rockdale Stephen Sansing.
The Conyers school, which is ranked No. 10 in the Class AAAAAA poll at gasports.com, went 4-0 in pool play, securing wins over Parkview (25-23, 21-25, 15-4), Loganville (25-22, 25-17), Collins Hill (25-22, 25-14) and Tucker (25-17, 25-14), then for the second time defeated the host Eagles 25-18, 25-21 in the quarterfinals. Rockdale, 4-0 in Area 8-AAAAAA, will face a pair of league foes tonight in Druid Hills and Norcross, starting at 5:00 p.m. at South Gwinnett High School