The LaGrange High softball team has put together and impressive season, but now stands 12-6 after two blowout losses this past weekend.
Coming off a strong 9-1 win over Flowery Branch, the Grangers had two games on the road Saturday, and they lost both by a large margin.
Put together, the Grangers were outscored 20-6 for the weekend.
The Grangers started strong, playing their first game against Pierce County from Blackshear, Georgia. LaGrange took an early lead after holding off Pierce at the top of the first.
A scoreless second inning for both teams saw the Grangers up 1-0 as they entered the third.
However, a Pierce County offense that had been stymied too long exploded, busting the game wide open and scoring seven runs in the third.
The Grangers responded with a run of their own but still found themselves down 7-2 heading into the fourth.
Pierce County would go on to score three additional runs to end the game by the top of the sixth.
The final score was 10- 2.
Hannah Karcher was on the mound for the Grangers, throwing seventy-one pitches while allowing thirteen hits and ten runs with no strikeouts.
Scoring for the Grangers were Malone Aldridge and Destiny Fitzpatrick, who had one run each. Fitzpatrick also had two hits.
LaGrange had a shot at redemption not longer after as they took on Alexander out of Douglasville, Georgia.
Looking to put the game away early, the Grangers shot to a 3-0 lead at the top of the first.
Unfortunately for La-Grange, however, Alexander responded with two runs of their own before doubling down on defense. The Grangers were unable to score a run for the next four innings, while Alexander continued to cushion their lead.
Alexander put up two runs in the second, three runs in the fourth, and three runs in the fifth, to put up a 10-3 lead by the start of the sixth. The Grangers cut the deficit with a run in the sixth but ultimately lost 10-4.
Macee Stone started on the mound for the Grangers, throwing fortyone pitches while allowing six hits and four runs with no strikeouts, before being relieved by Camden Smith. Smith threw forty-seven pitches with eight hits and six runs allowed.
Scoring for the Grangers were Malone Aldridge, Hannah Karcher, Abby Vanhose, and Shamiracle Mahone, each with one run. Aldridge, Karcher, and Jacee Marable also contributed one RBI each to the offense.
With a 12-6 record, the Grangers still boast the most-impressive resume in the county. They’re looking to defend their twogame win streak over the Troup High Tigers this Thursday, as they travel to their rival’s home for the third matchup of the two teams this season.
Starting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, the game proves to be a good one. The Grangers will have to be at the top of their game to stave off an upset, as the Tigers came within two runs of winning the game the last time they met.
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