2017-09-14 / Sports

Lady Tigers win seven straight games; Glascock, Lake Oconee, Greene next

Tiger defensive backs swarm all over a Jefferson Warrior before bringing him down. 
Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME Tiger defensive backs swarm all over a Jefferson Warrior before bringing him down. Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME The Washington-Wilkes Tiger girls softball team lost to Georgia Military College 5-1 but then bounced way back to win seven games in a row including three re- gion wins and a shutout of Lincoln County 8-0.

Among those region wins was a 4-2 victory over Glascock who came to W-W undefeated at 10-0. What’s even better and a bonus to those region wins was one of the biggest non-playoff wins in program history as the Lady Tigers defeated 6A Greenbrier 6-5 last Saturday.

GLASCOCK – The Lady Tigers beat 10-0 Glascock 4-2. Samantha Wheatley logged the complete game win. Kiara Binns and Kara Gammon led the offense collecting three hits each. Maura Jackson added an RBI double and Zanila Booker smacked an RBI triple.

GREENE – The girls shutout out Greene County 22-0. Gammon picked up the win on the mound. Booker was perfect at the plate going 4-for-4. Also having multiple hits were Binns, Jackson, Kelsey Houpt, Emily Weaver, and Alyssa Holley.

Malik Hall cuts right to avoid a tackler and picks up a Tiger first down. Malik Hall cuts right to avoid a tackler and picks up a Tiger first down. LINCOLN – W-W beat Lincoln County 8-0. Samantha Wheatley pitched a complete game for the shutout win. The lady tigers got off to a fast start scoring four runs in the first and second innings. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Binns 2-for- 4, Booker 2-for-4, Houpt 2-for-4, Wheatley 2-for-4, Gammon 2-for-4, and Laney Thornton 2-for-4. Also collecting hits were Alaina Callaway and Tamara McAvoy.

RICHMOND ACADEMY – The Tigers beat ARC 15-0. Gammon picked up the win for the Lady Tigers. Jackson hit her second home run of the season. Leading hitters were Binns 2-for-3, Booker 2-for-3, Houpt 2-for-3, Jakiyah Allen 2-for-3, with single hits from Weaver, Holley, and Kaci Gammon.

JEFFERSON COUNTY – The girls beat the Warriors 11-1. Jackson pitched four innings for the win. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Binns 4-for-4, Jackson 2-for- 3, Booker 2-for-4, Houpt 2-for-4, Thornton 2-for-4. Also, having 1-for- 3 days at the plate were Whitney Dawson, Callaway, and McAvoy.

GREENBRIER – The Lady Tigers defeated Greenbrier 6-5. Wheatley pitched a complete game allowing just three earned runs. Booker led the Tiger hitters going 2-for-4. Collecting RBI hits were Booker, Gammon, Allen, Houpt, and Callaway. Jackson scored two runs for W-W. also a little disappointed that his team had a lot of opportunities that slipped away, especially early. “We got up 12-0 and probably had the opportunity to go up by three scores,” he said. “We let some big plays get by us on both sides of the ball. But they did keep playing hard.”

Another thing that was noticeable on the sidelines about the Tigers is that there was no panic and no bick- ering on the sidelines. Team spirit and discipline prevailed.

“The one thing we did that we can’t do is have turnovers,” Alligood continued. There were four Tiger turnovers in the game – two lost fumbles and two pass interceptions. “We cannot turn the ball over, and that, to me, was the difference in the ballgame,” the coach added, specifically mentioning a chance for an interception in the corner of the end zone when the ball was dropped by a Tiger defender. Instead ending the possession, two plays later, the Warriors scored. “That was huge right there,” Alligood said. “So we’ve still got a long way to get better and a lot to work on.”

Maybe a long way to go but progress is definitely being made.

“We have played three ballgames and in this one I think we played the hardest we’ve played, even harder than we did against Elbert,” Alligood said. “I thought the kids just kept on playing. That’s what we’ve been trying to preach – just play every play just to see what happens.”

Elbert County, West Hall, and Jefferson County are 8-2 combined and are three “really good” football teams and Alligood has seen improvement in his team as a result of playing tough competition. “I think we are a better football team today than we were three weeks ago,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement in a lot of areas and in a lot of individual players. So we are headed in the right direction. I hate losing but if you don’t learn from a loss it’s just a wasted opportunity. I like where we are but we still have a ways to go.”

As far as Jefferson County goes, the Warriors are loaded with athletes and W-W was aware of that. “They are as good as anybody you’ll see all year long,” he said. “That’s why we couldn’t afford to make the mistakes we made – but we kept battling and battling and battling and that’s what we asked for.”

The Tigers are off this week and will welcome the extra week to heal up and prepare for the homecoming game against Tattnall Square in Tiger Stadium on September 22.

“It’s going to be nice to play a Class A school,” Alligood said.

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