All that they did was dominate.
The Lady Warriors took Twiggs Academy apart piece-by-piece in a 9-1 rout on Saturday afternoon in fastpitch softball at LaGrange Academy. It was a non-region laughter for the Lady Warriors, who scored in four straight innings from the bottom of the second to the fifth.
“We had good defense, good pitching and good hitting,” said Lady Warrior senior right-handed pitcher Reagan Terry. “We had better at-bats.”
LaGrange Academy did everything better than the Lady Trojans. To begin with, Twiggs Academy got outhit, 12-2. The only two Lady Trojan hits off of Terry were a Madison Lawrence single to left field in the first inning and a Katie Smith infield single in the top of the fourth.
Twiggs Academy eaked out their only run in the fourth inning on the Smith base hit, two stolen bases and a groundout. The Lady Trojans were still down, 41.
“We didn’t put the ball in play like we needed to. We are young and inexperienced. They got the key hits,” said coach Ricky Worsham of Twiggs Academy (0-2).
The hometown softball team, LaGrange Academy, took the lead for the first time in the second inning behind three consecutive base hits from Terry, Ashley Mains and Felicity Liechty. That was followed by a Lady Trojan wild pitch, which scored Mains and gave LaGrange Academy a 1-0 lead.
It was rally time again for the Lady Warriors in the third inning. LaGrange Academy stretched its lead to 4-0 with a Lanie Lackey RBI single, a Mains runscoring single and a Lady Trojan throwing error to score Lady Warrior sophomore Megan Allen.
“We came in here to battle. We want to be No. 1. We came here to win, and we want to be known,” said Lackey, the LaGrange Academy eighth grade shortstop.
And after Twiggs Academy scored a single run in the top of the fourth, La-Grange Academy went for the jugular with a threerun spurt. The Lady Warriors got down to business with a Ruthie Kelsey infield single, two walks, a wild pitch and a Terry two-RBI single to left field.
LaGrange Academy ran its lead to 7-1.
“We got some big hits. We’re coming together already. We have cut down on our mistakes from last year,” said Lady Warrior head coach Charles Parker. “We only have one senior (Terry), and we’re taking it one game at a time.”
The Lady Warriors are certainly working that plan. They made this a 9-1 game with a two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. LaGrange Acadeny had three clutch hits in that inning with a Felicity Liechty single, a Mary James Stogner runscoring base hit and a single from freshman Amber Corley.
Reagan Terry was as sharp as a double-edged sword, too, in the game with her two-hitter and her nine strikeouts. Terry, the Lady Warrior senior, walked no one.
“My speed was going up. They couldn’t see it, and my curveball was breaking off (the plate),” said Terry.
The Lady Warriors are 1-1 on the season.