2012-10-18 / Sports

Lady Tigers whip Region 5’s top seed and advance to second round of play


ACE PITCHER LAUREN CHAFIN LETS FLY A STRIKE She fanned 14 Red Devils in playoff game two last week. ACE PITCHER LAUREN CHAFIN LETS FLY A STRIKE She fanned 14 Red Devils in playoff game two last week. After a tough loss in the opening game of the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers’ first-round playoff series, a dramatic second-game extra-inning finish led to the girls’ eventual upset of the Bowdon Red Devils and advanced them to round two among the state’s “sweet sixteen.”

Last Wednesday, October 10, the Lady Tigers split the first day’s doubleheader, returned home, and then made the long road trip back to Bowdon for the payoff game on Thursday.

“They got themselves up off the mat after that mess up at Union County,” Athletic Director Robby Robinson praised. “They faced a little adversity and overcame it. That’s good stuff.”

In game one on Wednesday, Bowdon was the easy winner 9-1 in six innings. The Red Devils hit two home runs to put the game out of reach. D.J. Martin pitched six innings for Washington-Wilkes and absorbed the loss. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Dominique Welborn (1-3), Bailee Thornton (2-3), and Lauren Roberts (1-3).


Paige McAvoy (3) is congratulated by teammates after her gamewinning RBI double last Thursday at Bowdon. Paige McAvoy (3) is congratulated by teammates after her gamewinning RBI double last Thursday at Bowdon. The Lady Tigers rebounded in game two to come away with a 5-4 win in eight innings. Bowdon got off to a 4-0 lead due to a misplayed fly ball with two outs which led to three unearned runs. Lauren Chafin pitched a complete game allowing four runs (only one earned) and striking out 14 Bowdon players.

The Lady Tigers chipped away at the lead eventually tying the game up in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Bowdon failed to score even with runners at second and third with no outs. Then, in the bottom of the frame, Bailee Thornton scored the game-winning run off of a walk-off double from Paige McAvoy to end the game and tie the series at 1-1.

In game three the next day, the Tigers won the coin toss and were the designated home team. The Ladies scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third inning which ended the scoring for both teams. In that inning, Welborn led off with a single off the right center field fence. Jesse Echols followed with a bunt on which Bowdon failed to get Welborn out at second base. Chafin then hit a double to left field which was misplayed, got to the fence, and allowed both Welborn and Echols to score. Leslie Souther hit a sac fly to right field scoring Chafin from third base.

Also leading the Tiger offense were Roberts (2-3) and McAvoy (2-3).

Chafin picked up the win for the Tigers pitching seven innings allowing no runs, three hits, and five strikeouts.

Bowdon was the No. 1 seed out of Region 5AA and was ranked No. 6 in AA.

This week for round two, the Tigers will travel to Wesleyan on Wednesday for a best-of-three series. Game One on Wednesday will start at 3 p.m. and game two will start at 5 p.m. If there is a need for a third game, it will be played Thursday at 4 p.m.

Wesleyan is the No. 2 seed out of Region 6AA. The Wolves were ranked No. 1 for most of the year but dropped to No. 3 with a loss to Westminster in their region tournament.

The winner of this series will advance to the Elite Eight tournament in Columbus to determine the state champion.

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