The Heritage softball had been struggling recently, but things got back to normal Monday.
Kierra Camp tossed a complete game, one-hitter and the bottom third of the Heritage order did most of the damage in a 5-0 win over Kell on non-league play.
Heritage, which had lost four of its last five games coming in, improved to 19-4.
Kamryn Toney, hitting in the No. 7 spot in the lineup, went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while No. 8 Morgan Whiten added a hit, walk and an RBI and No. 9 LaKaitlen Barney added two hits and two RBIs.
“A lot of times they don’t get as much of the credit…but they buy into the team concept, they are working hard every single day,” Heritage coach Jason mcBay said of the 7-8-9 hitters. “That’s going to be huge going forward, to get some production out of the bottom.”
The run support was more than enough for Camp, a Georgia Southern commitment. The right-hander struck out 12 and didn’t give up her only hit until two outs were recorded in the sixth. Kell, which was playing Heritage for the first time since taking two of three games from the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 state playoffs, had just two other base-runners on a walk and a hit batsman.
McBay was especially pleased with Barney’s efforts from the nine-hole, which included a sacrifice bunt. To form an impressive foursome, lead off hitter and King University commitment Diamond Callwood added two hits.
“I like our lineup,” McBay said. “We’ve played with the bottom of our order pretty much all year. Tonight I liked the order and the flow of the offense. (Barney) runs really well, so her speed, if she hits the ball on the ground, chances are she’s going to get on. That’s why I like her down there. I was really pleased with her tonight.”