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Pats softball wins Statesboro tourney

It was a perfect weekend down south for the Heritage softball team.

Kamryn Toney won three games as the Patriots captured the Battle in the Boro Tournament in Statesboro last weekend.

Heritage started the tournament with a pair of blowout victories, starting with a 9-1 win in five innings over Statesboro thanks to a three-hit complete game victory for Whiten (who also contributed two hits at the plate) and Toney’s two-hit, two-RBI day. The Patriots closed the opening day of the tournament with a 16-0 victory in three innings over Dublin. Toney threw an abbreviated perfect game and she joined Whiten, and Paige Owens with three RBIs apiece, while Taylor Bynum was a triple short of the cycle and drove in four runs.

Things got tougher for the Conyers school on day two. Heritage trailed 7-0 after one half inning, but rallied to defeat Liberty County 9-8 in the first game of the day. Trailing 8-7 during international tiebreaker, Jamiya Barker ripped a two-strike, run-scoring double that tied the game at 8-8 and Barker later scored the winning run. For Liberty County, University of Illinois commitment Kathryn Carter took the loss.

In the tournament semifinals, the Patriots nipped Ware County 2-1 as Toney was brilliant, tossing a complete game, two-hitter while not allowing an earned run and striking out 11 batters.

Heritage captured the tournament title with a 7-4 victory over Treutlen, a Class A final eight team from a year ago. Toney went the distance again, scattering six hits and surrendering two earned runs, while striking out 15 (she finished the tournamrnt with 31 strikeouts in just 17 innings pitched).

Whiten led the way at the plate with three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Destiny Herrera chipped in with two hits and two RBIs.

Heritage, which improved to 10-1, played at Clarke Central late Tuesday. The Patriots will return to action Thursday at Apalachee.