UNG softball wins pair at Captain D’s Classic

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Cheyanne Mosteller had the game-winning homer in the opening game of the day and walked off the final game of the weekend as the No. 7 University of North Georgia (UNG) softball team swept the final day of the Captain D’s Surf ‘n Turf Classic on Sunday, March 8, in Dahlonega.

GAME ONE – UNG 2, TAMUK 1 (9 inn.)

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Cheyanne Mosteller

Kaylyn Anthony got North Georgia on the board in the second inning with a RBI single up the middle that scored Janie Henderson and gave the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead. Texas A&M – Kingsville finally got on the board in the seventh, scoring on a double to the gap in left center to tie the game and send it to extras.

Mosteller hit her first home run as a Nighthawk in the top of the ninth to give UNG the lead, and from there, Kylee Smith shut down the Javelinas to earn the win.

Smith finished the game with five strikeouts, giving up just one run off seven hits.

GAME TWO – UNG 3, UWP 2
Wisconsin Parkside was the first on the scoreboard in the final game of the weekend, hitting a solo homer in the top of the first, but North Georgia answered with a Haylee Womack RBI double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game back up, 1-1. A RBI single by Shelby Hammontree in the fourth pushed UNG out in front, but this time it was the Rangers who answered, scoring off a Nighthawks error to tie the game at 2-2.

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Abbie Crawford

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Nighthawks got Madison Henry on base and, after pinch running with Mallory Parker, Mosteller brought her home on a double to the wall in left center to walk off the weekend.

Abbie Crawford (5-1) got the win in relief, pitching 1.1 innings of shutout softball, giving up just one hit.

NOTES
– Mosteller finished the day 3-for-7 at the plate. Womack was 3-for-6 on the day.

– The Nighthawks finish the Captain D’s Classic 4-0, marking the second straight year UNG finish the tournament unbeaten.

NEXT UP
North Georgia will open Peach Belt play Saturday, March 14, when they take on Francis Marion at home. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

UNG sweeps twinbill, Kylee Smith tosses no-hitter

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Kylee Smith

DAHLONEGA – With an 8-0 win in the opener, the University of North Georgia softball team claimed the 1000th program win and followed it up with No. 1001 in a 4-0 win over Southern Wesleyan to complete the doubleheader sweep Thursday at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium at Cottrell Park.
GAME ONE
Kylee Smith tossed a no-hitter, striking out 12 along the way as North Georgia cruised to the five-inning win. Margaret Simmons got things started with a double down the line in left in the second to plate the go-ahead run. Simmons then scored from second on a Cheyanne Mosteller sacrifice bunt to put UNG up, 2-0.
The Nighthawks scored four more in the third, starting by walking in a run and scoring on a fielder’s choice. After adding a run on a passed ball, Mosteller doubled to score the fourth run of the frame. The top of the lineup got into the scoring column in the fourth on a Kaylyn Anthony RBI double and a Jenna Goodrich RBI single to push the game to the eight-run margin.
Smith won her 100th game of her career, improving to 3-1 on the year. She only threw 65 pitches in the contest.
GAME TWO
The Nighthawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, pushing across a run in each of the first three innings. In the first, Shelby Hammontree doubled down the left field line to plate Mariah Wicker. In the second, Kaylee Womack earned a RBI single before Wicker homered to left center in the third.
North Georgia scored the final run of the game in the sixth inning on a passed ball. Southern Wesleyan got their first hit of the twinbill in the fifth inning and got two runners on before Laken Chambers got out of the jam.
Chambers earned her first win of the season, giving up just two hits while striking out two.

NOTES
– North Georgia started play in softball in 1997. The Nighthawks claimed 1000 wins in just over 23 seasons.

– Wicker and Simmons both went 2-for-4 with three runs scored on the day.

NEXT UP
North Georgia hosts the Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic this weekend with play starting tomorrow at noon. UNG plays for the first time in the tournament Saturday at noon against Gannon.

UNG closes out Gulf Shores tourney with twin wins

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GULF SHORES, Ala. – The No. 16 University of North Georgia softball team wrapped up the opening weekend of play with two wins at the Gulf Shores Invitational, defeating West Alabama, 8-3, before downing Mississippi College, 3-0, Sunday.

GAME ONE
West Alabama jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring on back-to-back RBI base hits in the third inning. UNG responded in the bottom half of the frame with seven runs, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Hannah Forehand.

Two innings later, North Georgia added an eighth run on a Shelby Hammontree RBI single, scoring Kaylyn Anthony. UWA scratched a run across in the seventh on a RBI single with the bases loaded.

Anthony finished the game 3-for-4, while Mariah Wicker went 2-for-3 out of the two hole. Hammontree, Olivia Sinquefield and Cheyanne Mosteller each also had multi-hit games.

Abbie Crawford (1-0) earned the win in relief, throwing four innings of four hit softball, striking out five.

GAME TWO
The Nighthawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a Jenna Goodrich two-run blast in the top half of the first inning, scoring Anthony who led off the inning with a single.

North Georgia loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but they were only able to get one run out of it off a Mosteller sacrifice fly that plated Janie Henderson.
Kylee Smith (2-0) pitched the complete game, striking out 14 batters along the way.

NEXT UP
North Georgia heads to Chattanooga, Tennessee, next weekend for another tournament, starting against Shorter on Friday at 11 a.m.

 

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Six Lumpkin Co. seniors signed to play college sports

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Tucker Kirk signed to play football for Sewanee.

A record six members of the 2020 graduating class at Lumpkin Co. High signed to play sports at the next level Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the school. The six athletes are the most to sign at one time in the school’s history.

In football, the Indians had two players commit to play in college.

Tucker Kirk committed to play for Sewanee, The University of the South. Kirk, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 points, played quarterback and free safety for the Indians. Last season, Kirk was 72-of-132 passing for 755 yards and three touchdowns, while carrying the ball 74 times for 84 yards.

Aaron Hopkins committed to play for Davidson College. Hopkins, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 235 pounds, played tight end and defensive end for the Indians last season. He totaled three catches for 56 yards and had 31 total tackles and two sacks for the Indians during his senior campaign.

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Nolan Wheeler signed to wrestle for Newberry College.

Nolan Wheeler committed to wrestle for Newberry College next year. Wheeler won the 2018 145-pound Class 3A state championship in 2018, and followed that by winning the 152-pound Class 3A state championship in 2019.

Hope Kenney signed on to play soccer for Truett-McConnell University next season. Kenney finished the 2019 season with 33 goals, eight assists, and 74 total points as a junior.

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Brighton Harder signed to play softball for Emmanuel College.

Laken Ferrell signed to play tennis at Piedmont University in the fall. Ferrell was 12-4 as the No. 1 singles for the Indians as a junior during the 2019 season.

Brighton Harder committed to play softball for Emmanuel College next year. Harder helped lead the Lady Indians to a 20-14 overall record, while going 10-2 in Region 7-3A and making an appearance in the Class 3A state championship playoffs.

Lumpkin Co. football coach Caleb Sorrells summed up the day by speaking for all the coaches at the school.

“As proud as I am of what they did on the field, I’m more proud of what they will accomplish off the field,” Sorrells said.

10 UNG softballers named All-American Scholar Athletes

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DAHLONEGA – The University of North Georgia softball team had 10 players named 2018-19 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the national office Friday.

Kristen Adkins, Bria Bush, Laken Chambers, Katie Collins, Abbie Crawford, Jordan Deep, Kelly Kahlert, Marley Stowers. Brooke Wakenigg and Harlee Williams were the Nighthawks that earned the recognition.

65 players from across the Peach Belt Conference earned the award with Young Harris having 15 on the list. Georgia College had 12, while Augusta, UNG and Francis Marion each had 10.

The 10 Nighthawks named to the team joined a total of 1,306 Division II softball players across the nation to be honored with the award. Players had to have a 3.5 GPA or higher for the 2018-19 season to be eligible for the award.

 

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Lumpkin County runner-up region championship

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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished as runner-up in the region 7 3A championship after falling short in a double header on Wednesday night.

The Lady Indians faced off against region opponent East Hall. The top-two teams in their region battled earlier in the season at Lumpkin County. The Vikings defeated the Lady Indians at home in the regular season game, and the latter was looking for the opposite to happen at East Hall.

It is a rivalry that many hoped would end with a comeback for the Lady Indians, but unfortunately ended with the Vikings on top 6-1 in the first game and 16-0 in the second.

Lumpkin County played solid defense in the first game

The Vikings jumped ahead with an early lead after their first at bat. Macy Banks, starting pitcher for East Hall, hit a single to right field. Her teammate Abigail Brown put the ball into play immediately after, giving the Vikings time to score and get on the board first.

During Viking Callie Dale’s turn at bat, the ball got past Lady Indians catcher Natalie Schubert and East Hall got their second run. Dale followed with a double, and the Vikings gained their third run. The Lady Indians defense kicked in, and a great play by second baseman Alyssa Pulley got the third out.

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Natalie Robinson pitched six innings in the region championship against East Hall on Wednesday.

For several innings neither team scored as the others defense went to work. Natalie Robinson took the mound for the Lady Indians and pitched six innings.

The highlight of the Lady Indians offense came in the top of the fourth inning. Third baseman Lauren English stepped up to bat, and launched an out of the park home run to left field. As she rounded the bases, her teammates came onto the field to greet her at home plate.

Several other great offensive moments for the Lady Indians included two singles by Alyssa Pulley and a single by Natalie Schubert.

Despite Lumpkin County’s best efforts, the Vikings scored three more runs to extend their lead. A couple of walks and a single by Viking Grace Smith put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.

The Lady Indians held the Vikings from scoring more runs for a couple more innings by playing great defense. A great running catch by left fielder AK Wilson turned into a double play after she threw the ball to Alyssa Pulley at first.

The final run of the game for the Vikings came after a single by Gracie Ausborn to clinch the first win 6-1.

Lady Indians offense struggled in second game

The Vikings again jumped ahead with an early lead after back to back singles to start the second game. They

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Lauren English hit a home run for the Lady Indians in the first game, then pitched in the second.

also scored eight runs over a lengthy eighth inning that secured them the lead.

Although they battled for hits during each at bat, the Lady Indians were unable to score.

English took the mound as the starting pitcher for Lumpkin County, and pitched a total of three innings. Emmie Graham came in at the top of the fourth and pitched one inning.

The final score was 16-0.

The Lady Indians are officially the second seed heading into playoffs for the state championship. They will host the third seed from region 5 3A on Wednesday, October 9th.

Lady Indians edge past Tigers 4-2

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Both the Lumpkin County Lady and Indians and Dawson County Tigers battled for hits in their region game on Tuesday night. But after a single to left field by Emmie Graham and ball put into play by Hannah Pulley, the Lady Indians were able to pull ahead and win by a final score of 4-2.

The Lady Indians struck first with a leadoff double by shortstop Evee Dornhecker. First baseman Natalie Robinson followed shortly after with a single, and then came catcher Natalie Schubert’s out-of-the-park homerun to left field. With her hit, Schubert brought in Robinson and propelled the Lady Indians to a 3-0 lead.

Third baseman Rylie Erickson hit a triple for the Dawson County Tigers, bringing in their first run of the game.

The Tigers started to make a comeback during their next at bat. Center fielder Kaselyn Martin hit a single to right field, then was brought home by a triple from third baseman Rylie Erickson. After Erickson was able to come in after a ball put into play by left fielder Brea Crane, the Lady Indians lead had been shortened to one run 3-2.

It was a battle of defense for the next few innings as both teams fought for runs and were denied them. An exceptionally good play for the Lady Indians came from teamwork by sisters Hannah Pulley and Alyssa Pulley. Designated player Kaylee Hamilton for the Tigers bunted, and Hannah Pulley scooped up the ball in time to get the out at first. Alyssa Pulley moved over from second to first to get the ball for the out.

The final score of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the ball put into play by Hannah Pulley brought in a needed run for the Lady Indians.

The Lady Indians may have won, but the Tigers played a great game both offensively and defensively.

Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Lauren English pitched a great game over seven innings with seven strikeouts.

Starting pitcher for the Tigers Reese Moore pitched a solid six innings with one strikeout and allowing four runs.

Lauren English was the starting pitcher for the Lady Indians, who also pitched a great seven innings with seven strikeouts and allowing two runs.

The Tigers are scheduled to face White County this Thursday at home. The Lady Indians will travel to play East Hall on Thursday, as well.

Lady Indians continue region play against Fannin

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Lady Indians starting pitcher Natalie Robinson deserved the “Dub Club” sign she wore after an incredible game on Thursday that helped her team to defeat region opponent Fannin County on Thursday. Robinson pitched a solid four innings with two strikeouts and only allowing two runs. Other incredible offense for the Lady Indians included two singles with a RBI and a double for shortstop Evee Dornhecker, and a double with 2 RBIs for catcher Natalie Schubert.

The Lady Rebels were the first to score with one run in the top of the first. A couple of bunts got the bases loaded for the Lady Rebels, and then a single to center field by catcher Eryn Mealer brought in a runner.

The Lady Indians were quick to come back with a lead off single by Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English hit the ball straight to the Lady Rebels’ shortstop, but an error on the shortstop gave English time to be safe at first. Catcher Natalie Robinson sent the ball right to the shortstop again, this time for an out, but not before Dornhecker could score and tie the game. Right fielder Haley Voyles hit a single to right field to bring in English, and the Lady Indians left the inning with a 2-1 lead.

The next couple of innings were brief for both teams, giving a chance for the defense to shine. In the top of the second inning, Robinson pitched two back-to-back strikeouts.

The offense started to pick back up in the top of the fourth with another single by Mealer. Starting pitcher Kaelyn Hensley put down a sacrifice bunt to bring in Mealer, and the Lady Rebels tied the game at a score of 2-2.

Along with a great game at catcher, Natalie Schubert played some good offense for the Lady Indians with a double to bring in two RBIs.

The Lady Indians offense came to life in the bottom of the fourth, starting off with a double to center field by Dornhecker. The next couple of batters for the Lady Indians resulted in walks, and when Schubert launched a double to the center field wall she brought in an easy two runs to pull the Lady Indians ahead 4-2.

The Lady Indians were in great scoring position, and they took advantage of it. Voyles followed Schubert with a single to bring in a runner. Another runner scored after designated player Emmie Graham put the ball into play. First baseman for the Lady Indians Hannah Pulley followed with a single of her own to bring home one of her teammates and push the score to 7-2 Lady Indians.

The Lady Indians were once again in great scoring position after a couple more walks. Back at the top of the lineup Dornhecker hit a single to right field to earn a RBI. English followed with the same, and then Robinson launched an out-of-the-park bomb to center field for two more RBIs. When the Lady Indians left the inning they held a lead of 12-2.

Unfortunately the Lady Rebels couldn’t get anything going in the next half-inning, and the Lady Indians won on a run rule after four-and-a-half innings 12-2.

The Lady Rebels alternated their pitching game between three pitchers. Kaelyn Hensley was the starting pitcher.

Head coach for the Lady Indians Joe Jones was pleased with the team’s performance.

“[We] did a much better job adjusting quickly. Great ball game, they did a great job mixing up pitchers and keeping our timing off,” said Coach Jones.

The Lady Rebels alternated their pitching between three women including Hensley and Josilyn Newton. The Lady Rebels are scheduled to take on East Hall on Saturday.

The Lady Indians are on a region play break, as they are scheduled to face Union away next Wednesday. They will then take on Oconee County and Locust Grove.

Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter-Shout-out to softball

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I’ll be the first to tell you that growing up I was never athletic. People always seem to find that hard to believe since I’m a sports reporter. But there was a time that I was really interested in trying softball.

When I was little (aka the age I should’ve started playing a sport if I wanted to be any good at it) I never really knew about or watched softball. When I got into middle school, I had a friend who played and showed me an incredible video of a softball player shattering a piece of glass from her fast-pitch. It was obvious that she was extremely strong and worked very hard to be one of the best in her sport.

I was inspired to say the least, and I almost signed up to join a church league with another friend of mine. But sadly at that point it was too late for me, and I think it was for the better anyway. Combine my age and lack of experience with my lack of athleticism and I probably would’ve been a guaranteed bench warmer.

Anyway, the point of this week’s edition of Sports talk Thursday is not to mope about my sad past with athletics, but to praise these hardworking ladies for what they do. And covering the Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team as well as some of the other local high school teams has truly opened my eyes to what an incredible sport softball is. And while most of my experience is with Lumpkin County because I cover them on a regular basis, these are observations that I’ve made about high school teams across the board.

One of the things I love about softball is how encouraging the players are to one another!

The first thing I love about softball is how encouraging the players are for their teammates. Unlike softball or basketball that are typically played in louder conditions, the atmosphere for softball is fairly quiet. So it’s easy for the players to make themselves heard when they’re cheering each other on, and I assume it’s also necessary in some instances to keep them going! There’s never a quiet moment at a Lumpkin County softball game, because whether it’s for the batter when they’re at the plate or the pitcher when they’re on the mound, the Lady Indians are always chanting words of encouragement. And when I’ve traveled to cover the team at other high schools, the other team is the same way. And not only do the teams encourage their own teammates, they’ll also give a shout out to players of the opposing team if they make a good play.

The athleticism of the players is another thing that blows me away about softball. I’ve seen basemen go into full- on splits to make a catch for an out, numerous running catches and a couple diving/rolling catches. On offense there have been several out-of-the-park home runs (a couple lead-offs!) and other perfectly timed triples, doubles and singles to bring the team ahead. This isn’t to say that I would expect anything less from a group of hardworking women, but it amazes me nonetheless. Possibly because there’s no way in this world I could do that stuff myself!

This is an example of a picture that I happened to get perfectly time. This shot of Hayley Voyles for Lumpkin County ended up being an out-of-the-park home run, and her family was so excited when I shared it with them!

As a sports reporter it’s always exciting to catch that perfect moment on camera when the ball connects with the bat for a home run. Then to be able to share that moment with the player or their family makes the job so rewarding. I know as a reporter I’m not *technically* supposed to show favoritism at a game, but there have been several times I’ve had to sit on my hands to keep from cheering when there was a great hit or awesome play on defense.

Long story short- these young women work hard, you should come watch them, and I’ve enjoyed covering them.

Lady Indians fall to Vikings 13-8

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In one of the most high-energy games this season, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians took on the East Hall Vikings on Tuesday in their second region game of the season. In a sudden turn of events the Vikings pulled ahead to defeat the Lady Indians 13-8.

The Vikings got things started with an out-of-the-park homerun by starting pitcher Macy Banks in the top of the first inning. Banks’s hit was followed by a couple of singles, but the Lady Indians defense got the third out before any more runs could score.

Shortstop Evee Dornhecker hit an incredible out-of-the-park homerun to left field to lead things off for the Lady Indians. Starting pitcher Lauren English followed with a single, and a double by catcher Natalie Schubert lifted the Lady Indians to a 2-1 lead over the Vikings. Designated player Emmie Graham hit the ball to the infield and an error on the Vikings shortstop gave Graham time to reach first. Third baseman Hannah Pulley hit the ball back to the pitcher for the third out, but not before Graham came home to push the Lady Indians lead to 3-1.

The Lady Indians softball team celebrates Evee Dornhecker’s leadoff homerun in the bottom of the first inning.

A string of singles from Dornhecker, English and first baseman Natalie Robinson extended the Lady Indians lead to 5-1 during their next time to bat. The Vikings responded with another out-of-the-park homerun by Abigail Brown in the top of the third to make the score 5-3.

In the bottom of the third inning another string of singles from the Lady Indians helped to gain another four runs. After a couple of strong defensive innings for both teams the Vikings started to come back in the top of the fifth with a double to the center field wall by Banks. A passed ball for the Lady Indians brought in a run for the Vikings, as did a single. A couple of walked runners increased the Vikings score, and they took the lead after a double to the center field wall by right fielder Callie Dale.

Robinson came in to start pitching for the Lady Indians in the top of the sixth. With a fresh arm on the mound the Lady Indians were able to get quick three outs.

Robinson hit a double in the bottom of the sixth, and was brought home by a double from Schubert. The Lady Indians were looking for a comeback in the seventh, but a rainstorm swept through and made it difficult for them. The Vikings ended up putting another four runs on the board in the top of the seventh making the final score 13-8.

The Lady Indians still walked away with fourteen hits over the course of the game. Starting pitcher Lauren English pitched five innings and Natalie Robinson pitched 1 1/3 inning. Emmie Graham came in at the very end to finish up 2/3 of an inning.

The Lady Indians are now 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in the region. They will travel to Norcross on Thursday to face Greater Atlanta Christian.

Lady Indians start region play with victory over Tigers 15-3

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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team started off their region play strong on Monday night with a 15-3 victory over the Dawson County Tigers. The game was delayed at first because of stormy weather, but after the skies cleared both teams came out ready to play.

The Lady Indians started out slow, leaving three stranded their first at-bat. Starting pitcher Natalie Robinson and the rest of the Lady Indians defense were able to hold the Tigers until the bottom of the second. A sacrifice bunt by Tigers left fielder Brea Crane brought in the first run of the game, followed by a ball put into play by Tigers catcher Annsley Kirby to bring home another runner.

The Tigers left the inning with a 2-0 lead, but it didn’t take long for the Lady Indians to warm up. The Lady Indians put ten runs on the board during the top of the third.

Starting catcher Natalie Schubert helped to get things started for the Lady Indians with a double in the third.

Third baseman Lauren English led things off with a single to right field, followed immediately after with a double to center field by Robinson. Starting catcher Natalie Schubert stepped up and hit a double to right field, earning her two RBIs and the Lady Indians two runs to tie the game 2-2.

Designated pitcher Emmie Graham followed Schubert with a single, and right fielder Hayley Voyles did the same to bring Schubert home and the Lady Indians another run. Back to back singles by first baseman Hannah Pulley and second baseman Alyssa Pulley brought in two more runs, and the Lady Indians had a lead of 5-2.

Back at the top of the lineup, shortstop Evee Dornhecker hit a single to left field for a RBI, and was followed by English with another single and RBI of her own. Graham hit another single to left field; an error on Tigers first baseman Bella Henson gave the Lady Indians time to score two more runs. After another single by Voyles to bring home Graham, the Lady Indians held a lead of 10-2 to finish off the top of the third.

The Tigers were unable to get anything on the board during their next at-bat, and a ball put into play by Robinson gave the Lady Indians time to score another run in the top of the fourth.

The Tigers tried to come back in the bottom of the fourth. Henson launched a double to the center field wall, and a couple of batters later designated pitcher Rylie Erickson hit a double to left field to bring Henson home. Unfortunately the Tigers were unable to get anything else going before the Lady Indians got the final out to end the inning with a score of 11-3.

First baseman for the Tigers Bella Henson hit a double in the game on Monday night.

Reece Moore took over as the pitcher for the Tigers in the top of the fifth. Kloee Graham sent a single down the first base line to get things started for the Lady Indians. Two batters later Voyles sent an incredible out-of-the-park homerun to left field to extend the Lady Indians’ lead 13-3. A single by Grace Jones and a couple of walks for the Lady Indians gave them a couple more runs to leave the inning 15-3.

Emmie Graham came in to finish pitching for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the fifth, and after a quick three outs the Lady Indians won on a run rule 15-3.

Among the great offense for the Lady Indians were a double with two RBIs for Schubert, two singles with a RBI for English plus a double and a single with a RBI for Hannah Pulley. Add in the homerun by Voyles in the fifth and the Lady Indians earned an incredible 18 hits. Robinson got six strikeouts over four innings as the starting pitcher.

The Tigers offense included a double by Henson and another double by Erickson. The Tigers earned three hits over the course of the game. Starting pitcher Olivia Martinez pitched four innings, and Erickson pitched the remaining one.

Coach Joe Jones for the Lady Indians said, “Overall, pretty good outting. [I’m] Proud of them for coming out and getting that first region win.”

The Lady Indians will continue their region play with a game against East Hall tonight at home. The Tigers will host Greater Atlanta Christian at home tonight as well.

Lady Indians cap off non-region play with 11-0 win

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The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished off their non-region play on a positive note. They won their third game of the week against the Chestatee Lady War Eagles at home on Thursday.

The Lady War Eagles showed up ready to fight for a come back from their 17-0 loss against the Lady Indians on Tuesday. Shortstop K.T. Palmieri hit a leadoff single for the Lady War Eagles in the top of the first. Unfortunately the next couple of batters were unable to put the ball into play like they needed, and the Lady War Eagles left one stranded going into the bottom of the inning.

The Lady Indians spent the next couple of innings battling to put runs on the board. Starting pitcher Natalie Robinson drilled a double to center field, and catcher Natalie Schubert brought in the first run of the game right after with a single to left field.

Lady Indian Hayley Voyles contributed to the victory on Thursday.

During their next turn to bat the Lady Indians scored a total of six runs to bump the score up 7-0. Hayley Voyles hit a single to center field, and an error on the Lady War Eagles allowed the runners to advance. A string of back-to-back walks and singles gained the Lady Indians three more runs. This drive was capped off by a double from Schubert that brought in three runners. After some impressive offense the Lady Indians left the inning with a comfortable lead.

The Lady War Eagles fought over the next couple of innings to put runs on the board. A couple of singles put the ball into play, but great defense from the Lady Indians held them back.

In the bottom of the fourth the Lady War Eagles walked Robinson and Lauren English. With her teammates in great scoring position, substitute catcher Grace Jones launched a double to left field to score a run. Two batters later, Voyles sent the ball to left field again to bring home two Lady Indians. Another error on the Lady War Eagles gave Voyles time to come home, and the Lady Indians went from an 8-0 lead to an 11-0 lead. After the Lady War Eagles were unable to put anything else on the board in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Indians won on another run rule 11-0.

Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson pitched a total of four and a half innings allowing no runs with five strikeouts. The Lady Indians have a record of 4-4 going into their first region game against Dawson County on Monday.

“Tomorrow we’re gonna work,” said head coach Joe Jones about preparing for region play. “We’re gonna have a good workout tomorrow, give them a little time to recuperate this weekend and hopefully go and play with a lot of confidence on Monday.”

Lady Indians soar over War Eagles 17-0

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The evening was hot and so were the Lady Indians in their first game of the week against the Chestatee War Eagles. After just three innings the Lady Indians walked away with a phenomenal victory of 17-0.

Shortstop Evee Dornhecker got things started with a leadoff single in the top of the first. Two batters after first baseman Natalie Robinson was walked, Emmie Graham drilled a single down the third base line to load the bases. Haley Voyles stepped up and hit a chopper to the infield, and an error on the War Eagles first baseman gave Dornhecker and Robinson time to score. With those two runs the Lady Indians were off to a great start 2-0 going into the bottom of the first.

Chestatee managed to get the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, but starting pitcher Lauren English held them back with a great first inning- two strikeouts back to back for the final two outs.

Shortstop Evee Dornhecker for the Lady Indians hit three singles, a double and earned three RBIs over the course of the game.

The Lady Indians were only getting started with their offense going into the second inning. Alyssa Pulley nailed a single down the third base line, and A.K. Wilson put down a perfect bunt to get on first. Dornhecker hit another single to left field, and once again the Lady Indians had the bases loaded. English stepped up and launched a double to the center field wall, earning herself two RBIs and the Lady Indians two more runs.

At this point the Lady Indians were in a great position offensively. Then came Robinson’s out of the park home run to catapult the Lady Indians to a lead of 7-0.

With no outs on the board the Lady Indians still had plenty of inning to bat. Chestatee starting pitcher Hannah Pierce walked Natalie Schubert and Graham. Voyles stepped back up and smacked a single between the second and first base gap bringing in Schubert. Third baseman for the War Eagles couldn’t get a handle on a drive from Wilson, and for the third time that night the Lady Indians had the bases loaded.

Dornhecker hit her third single of the night and earned two RBIs. Another hit by Robinson brought in another two runners. The Lady Indians earned five runs throughout the second inning to extend their lead 12-0.

The War Eagles attempted to earn some runs with a couple of hits throughout the bottom of the second, but it was not enough against the Lady Indians defense.

Graham hit a double to get things started for the Lady Indians in the top of the third. Her hit was followed by another double to center field by Voyles. After another single to right field by Alyssa Pulley and a double by Dornhecker to left field, the Lady Indians were up 15-0. The final run of the game came from pinch hitter Grace Jones, who hit a double to bring in English, who had hit a double just before.

Starting pitcher for Lumpkin Lauren English pitched a great game with three strikeouts over the three innings.

The War Eagles fought for some runs with a few more hits in the bottom of the third, but still couldn’t get anything on the board. The Lady Indians won on a run rule, 17-0.

Among the stellar offensive performance for the Lady Indians were three singles, a double and three RBIs for Dornhecker, two doubles with two RBIs for English and two singles by Alyssa Pulley. English also pitched all three innings with three strikeouts.

Coach Joe Jones for the Lady Indians was exceptionally proud as he said, “We came out of the gate and hit very well…they threw strikes, we hit it and we hit it hard. Hopefully we can continue to build off that and start like we did today in the future.”

The Lady Indians are now 3-4 in their season. They will play Chestatee again at home on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Lady Indians push forward with 5-4 win against Panthers

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A couple of hits for the Panthers and mistakes from the Lady Indians allowed Union County to get on the board first at Tuesday night’s game. Although both teams played a solid game, in a theme that seems to be recurrent for the Lady Indians this season, Lumpkin started to come back in the bottom of the fifth for an overall 5-4 victory.

The first couple of innings displayed the defensive strength of both teams. Both teams put the ball into play during their first at-bats, but couldn’t get anything on the board before the other would get the third out. The Lady Indians defense had an especially great three up, three down for the top of the second inning.

Union County starting pitcher Megan Bright pitched a total of four strikeouts after 4 2/3 innings. Starting pitcher for the Lady Indians Natalie Robinson stayed in the entire game and pitched a great six innings with two strikeouts.

Runners started to score for Union in the top of the fourth after a double by center fielder Mary Wischmeyer. A single to right field by third baseman Caley Davis advanced Wischmeyer to third, who was then able to score after the ball got past Lumpkin catcher Natalie Schubert. An error by Lumpkin first baseman Hannah Pulley gave the Panthers time to get another run on the board, as did when the ball got past Schubert again. At the end of the inning the Panthers were ahead 4-0.

Center fielder Mary Wischmeyer got things started off for the Panthers in the top of the fourth with a double.

The Lady Indians left two stranded in the bottom of the fourth, but fought to keep the Panthers back in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Alyssa Pulley played an exceptional inning defensively, with a pop up catch for the first out, a diving catch for an attempt at the second out, and a running catch to get the third out.

The bats were hot for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the fifth, started off by a single to left field by shortstop Evee Dornhecker. Third baseman Lauren English followed with a double, and the Lady Indians got their first run of the night. Schubert hit a single to center field for the second run, and first baseman Hannah Pulley drilled a single to the wall at center field to score courtesy runner Kelsey Marshall and right fielder Haley Voyles. When the dust settled at the end of the inning the Lady Indians had tied the game 4-4.

Lauren English hit a double in the bottom of the fifth to get the first run of the night for the Lady Indians.

A couple of easy outs kept the Panthers from scoring any more runs in the top of the sixth. When the Lady Indians came back up to bat in the bottom of the inning, English hit another double to bring in a RBI and the final run. The Panthers were unable to get anything else past the Lumpkin defense, and the game ended after the top of the seventh inning.

Lady Indians head coach Joe Jones said of the game, “Offensively we waited a little while to adjust, but we finally got some big hits with runners in scoring position and I’m proud of us for sticking with it.”

The Lady Indians will head to Chestatee tonight for a 5 p.m. game. They will be back home on Thursday to face Chestatee again at 5 p.m.

Dragonettes fight back; Lady Indians fall 9-4

Lumpkin County High School, Sports, Team FYN Sports

After a loss against the Lumpkin County Lady Indians on Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes weren’t going down without a fight on their home turf. And that’s exactly what they did; the Nettes came back to win 9-4 on Thursday’s matchup.

But Lumpkin County didn’t make it easy for them. The Lady Indians played an explosive first inning, with four hits and four runs. Shortstop Evee Dornhecker had a leadoff single, followed by a single from first baseman Natalie Robinson. Later in the inning Natalie Schubert launched a triple to center field, earning her two RBIs and the Lady Indians a lead of 3-0. The final run of the inning came from a single off of third baseman Hannah Pulley, and the Nettes came up to bat facing a four-run deficit.

Along with pitching a solid game, Emma Black brought in several RBIs for the Nettes.

The Nettes struggled against the Lady Indians defense for the next couple of innings. But that started to change in the bottom of the third.

Starting pitcher Emma Black set off the Nettes comeback with an RBI. This was followed by another single and RBI by right fielder Payton Green. The Lady Indians still came up to bat with a 4-2 lead, but were unable to put any more on the board after the Nettes got started.

The Nettes added two runs and tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Left fielder Morgan Krastes led off the inning with a double, and second baseman Sarah Morris and Emma Black each had singles with RBIs of their own.

The Nettes continued to add to their lead with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

According to head coach Sarah Pinson, Sarah Morris and other seniors of the Nettes helped to bring them the win.

Two more RBIs for Emma Black assured Pickens a solid lead, as did another RBI single for Sarah Morris.

Although the Lady Indians were able to gain a few more hits, it was not enough toget them past the 9-4 lead the Nettes gained after the fifth. Each time had eleven hits. Starting pitchers Emma Black for the Nettes and Lauren English for the Lady Indians pitched full, solid games. Black got five strikeouts; English had two.

Nettes head coach Sarah Pinson credits the victory to the team’s solid leadership.

“We have some great leadership,” said Pinson. “We have three seniors- Chloe McPherson, Sarah Morris and Charlie Hulsey, and they kinda gathered the girls around and pumped them up.”

Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter-Back in season

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If any of you are under the age of 18 and reading this article, then I imagine this week was probably a tough week for you. I say that because the majority of schools in the state of Georgia started back this week.

I can remember being in high school and having a knot of dread in my stomach the night before the first day of school. I’ve never been a morning person, so having to get up early was my first problem. Add in all of the homework and having to spend my days in one building…it was easy to tell I wasn’t a school person.

The good news is there was always one bright spot in all of this gloom, and that was football season. I know I’ve said it before on our sports show, Instant Replay, and probably in this column as well, but in high school I lived for football season. I never missed a game, home or away. Granted I was in the colorguard with the marching band, so most of the time I HAD to go. But I can still remember a handful of games where we weren’t required to go, and some of my friends got together and still went anyway.

Those were good times, but I dare to say that these are even better. I’m thankful to have a job that pays me to follow a sport that I love. But on the other hand, it’s a job that’s helping me to get an inside look on other sports that are sometimes forgotten, especially in the South where football is a religion.

I covered my first softball game on Tuesday. I have watched and worked softball games in the past, so in my defense I knew what to expect, but it was my first time reporting on a game. It was the Lumpkin County Lady Indians against the Pickens Dragonettes in the Lady Indians home opener. One thing I loved about this game was that it wasn’t just smooth sailing, if you will. Just to give a brief recap, the Nettes put three runs on the board first. By the fifth inning, it was looking as though the Lady Indians might lose their home opener. But as with all great teams, the Lady Indians weren’t going down without a fight and ended up coming back to win 4-3. Ironically, I went to the next game where they played each other tonight and the Nettes ended up winning 9-4.

Softball is just one of several high school sports that is played in the fall. There’s also volleyball and cross country. While I haven’t gotten the chance to go cover either of these events yet, I know that I probably will be in the near future.

I’ve never personally played volleyball competitively, but I know several people who have. And from what I do know about it, there’s more technique to setting and hitting the ball than there seems. Whenever I play for fun at the beach I just feel lucky to get it over the net. But there are certain ways to prepare before you serve the ball and where to place your feet when you’re in an official match. I don’t see how players keep up with everything, other than that they practice. I know it’s got to feel great whenever you take all of your frustration out by smacking the ball.

Now I enjoy running, but I could never run cross country. I’ve seen the joke that says “my sport is your sport’s punishment” and to be honest, that’s how I feel because I don’t know how they do it. I can remember talking to cross country runners in high school, and them telling me that they would get up at 6 a.m. to run. And for some of them, the distances they would run blew my mind. But the other incredible thing to me about cross country is how much of  a mental sport it is. Not only do runners have to be trained physically to maintain a certain time, they also have to be trained physically to encourage themselves to keep going.

The point I’m trying to make is that even though I’m still learning about other sports, I respect them because I do know how hard they work. I see the social media posts, I know people that play, and I see the teams out practicing well before their season starts. And even though the summer is ending and we’re back to school, the exciting thing is we’re past the days of camps and well on our way to the actual competition. I can’t wait to see what all of these young athletes accomplish.

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