Pats softball shuts down Shiloh

The Heritage softball team has had plenty of offense so far in 2014.

Addy Allegretti had three hits and three RBIs and Jamiya Barker added two hits and two RBIs as the Patriots rolled to a 13-0 victory in five innings over Shiloh on Wednesday in the final game of the South Gwinnett Tournament. Heritage, the defending Region 8-AAAAA champions, have averaged nearly nine runs in starting the season 3-1.

Heritage (3-1), led 1-0 before opening things up in the second. Paige Owens clubbed a two-run home run during the eight-run frame and the Patriots tacked on five more runs in the fifth. Starter Kamryn Toney was the beneficiary, but she hardly needed the run support. The right-hander allowed just one hit, which was one of just two Shiloh (3-1) baserunners, and struck out four in an abbreviated complete game.

Dogs split a pair

In their season opening tri-meet Tuesday, Rockdale’s volleyball team went 1-1.

The Bulldogs knocked off Oconee County 2-1, bouncing back from not only losing a big lead in game one, but the match, 26-24, to win the final two games 25-19 and 26-24. In game three, Rockdale had deficits of 14-7 and 17-10 and still trailed 24-22 before scoring the final four points of the match. It was the first time in seven tries since 2009 Rockdale had defeated Oconee County.

Host Athens Academy then swept two games from Rockdale, winning 25-21 and 25-11.

“We were in a close first set with Athens Academy, but they pulled away at the end … I think being so close and losing, after that grueling first match, it took something out of us,” Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. “We had nothing left that second set, got down early and never challenged.”

Rockdale was led by University of Georgia commitment Majesti Bass, who had 20 kills, and Shivon Gray (36 assists).