The local high school softball season kicked off with a bang Saturday, August 4 as teams from Callaway, LaGrange, and Troup competed in a fundraising tournament at Granger Park.
The tournament began at 10 AM Saturday morning, and onlookers were given the opportunity to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness by entering a raffle. Proceeds from the day were donated to the local H.O.P.E. For a Day organization.
The games started with a special pitch from a breast cancer survivor.
Rivals Troup and La-Grange faced off in the first match of the tournament, and despite an early lead by the Tigers, it was the Grangers who walked off with a landslide 13-5 victory.
Skye Loftin kicked off the tournament with a tworun home run that put the Tigers on top.
The lead was short-lived. The Grangers responded in the bottom of the first inning with two runs of their own before cushioning their lead with an additional six in the next inning.
Macee Stone led the way for the Lady Grangers by pitching a full game. She allowed only six hits during the match.
Many Lady Grangers contributed to the explosive LaGrange offense, including Madison Dennis (one run), Abby Vanhoose (two hits, three RBIs), Kadaysha Griffin (one hit, one RBI), Destiny Fitzpatrick (one hit, one RBI), Jacee Marable (three hits, four RBIs), Stone (three hits, one RBI), and Hannah Karcher (three hits, one RBI).
The day got better for the Tigers in the second round as they managed to put up twelve points against the Cavaliers.
Callaway, however, scored 15, giving Troup a 0-2 record on the day.
In a win-that-almostwasn’t, the Cavaliers came back after trailing 8-3 in the third to put the Tigers away. Oeisha Jenkins pitched most of the game for the Cavaliers before being relieved by Alexus Furgerson.
Mackenzie Miller pitched nearly five innings for the Tigers before Avery Pearson stepped in.
It was Pearson who gave up Callaway’s final three runs in the sixth inning as the Cavaliers geared up for a head-to-head with the Lady Grangers.
Hannah Karcher started for the Lady Grangers in their win over the Cavaliers in game three. In a nail-biting 5-4 finish, the Stone won the game for the Grangers after Jacee Marable tied the score 4-4.
The high school softball season is now officially underway, and the Troup Tigers have since secured their first win against Woodward Academy. The Cavaliers earned a victory against Hardaway.
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