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Parden leads Georgia Perimeter to fifth straight win

COVINGTON — The Lady Jaguars confidently got behind pitcher Lyndsey Parden to get their fifth straight win beating Georgia Military College 3-1 in the first game of their doubleheader on Thursday.

Parden retired the first six batters in order before allowing Sumer Sloan to reach the bases after hitting she got hit in the elbow by a pitch.

Even though Sloan reached first base, she did not stay on the bases for long as Lady Jaguars (21-15 overall, 12-3 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) catcher threw her out trying to steal second. Parden won the game striking out seven batters while hitting one batsman, allowing one walk and one hit in seven innings of work.

After going down in order in the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Jaguars found the timing of GMC (17-18, 8-5) pitcher Alexis Boyd with back-to-back doubles. The second double, hit by Abby Hulsey, plated Maegan Coddington to give Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) a 1-0 lead.

The bats continued to stay hot for the Lady Jaguars as a triple by Barbara Rego drove Stephanie Watts home, who reached on an error, to make it 2-0. Another triple by the next batter, Vanessa Buitrago, let Rego jog in for the third run of the game.

Boyd pitched for two-plus innings where she gave up five hits while striking out one batter being replaced by Kaileen Creamer. Creamer was able to tame the Lady Jaguars bats as she allowed three hits and had one strikeout in the final four innings.

GPC tried to put another run on the scoreboard in the third inning by bringing Buitrago home on a bunt. Former Alcovy softball player Chelsea Murphy put down a perfect bunt but the ball bounced up touching Murphy as she was headed to first base for the second out of the inning.

The Lady Jaguars tried to force a run in the fourth inning but Hannah McSwain was instead thrown out at the plate by GMC short stop Morgan Long. GPC had a chance to extend their lead in the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. However, they were unable to get a hit when they needed one leaving the runners stranded.

The Lady Bulldogs broke up Parden’s scoreless game in the sixth inning. After Peaches Barr reached on an error, GMC got the runner across home plate on a ground out to break the shutout.

GPC will be back on the diamond at home on Saturday when they take on top-ranked Darton College (32-10, 9-1) in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 4 p.m.