2017-08-17 / Sports

Lady Tigers split weekend games in Chick-fil-A Classic; win 3 and lose 3


Members of the W-WCHS Lady Tigers softball team are (kneeling, l-r)Alyssa Holley, Alaina Callaway, Tamara McAvoy, Laney Thornton, Kara Gammon, Whitney Dawson, Maura Jackson, Kaci Gammon, Jakiyah Allen, (standing) Coach Lindsey Guin, Emily Weaver, Zanila Booker, Kelsey Houpt, Kiara Binns, Samantha Wheatley, Angel Heard, and Coach Rob Jackson. Members of the W-WCHS Lady Tigers softball team are (kneeling, l-r)Alyssa Holley, Alaina Callaway, Tamara McAvoy, Laney Thornton, Kara Gammon, Whitney Dawson, Maura Jackson, Kaci Gammon, Jakiyah Allen, (standing) Coach Lindsey Guin, Emily Weaver, Zanila Booker, Kelsey Houpt, Kiara Binns, Samantha Wheatley, Angel Heard, and Coach Rob Jackson. The Washington-Wilkes Lady Tiger softball team kept it even in the first six games of the season last week in tournament play.

Monday, the ladies lost a tough one opening the season with Thomson and coming up short by a single run 8-9 in extra innings. But the Tigers rebounded by defeating Elbert County on Wednesday 6-3. In the Chick-Fil-A Classic hosted by Harlem High School, the Lady Tigers defeated Westside Augusta 14-0 and Elbert County 11-8. A pair of losses came at the hands of Calvary Day 8-11 and Greenbrier 1-5.

THOMSON – The Lady Tigers struggled defensively against Thomson committing seven errors which accounted for five unearned runs. Samantha Wheatley pitched eight innings, giving up nine total runs, four of them earned on just four hits. Zanila Booker, Maura Jackson, and Jakiyah Allen had multiple hits for the Lady Tigers. Also collecting hits were Kiara Binns, Kelsey Houpt, and Alaina Callaway. The final score was 8-9 in eight innings.

ELBERT COUNTY – W-W got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the first inning. Binns walked and stole a base. Jackson hit a tworun homer to put the Tigers up 2-0. Booker followed Jackson with a double and later scored on a single by Houpt. The Tigers added another run in the third inning when Jackson led off with a double and later scored on a triple off Booker’s bat. The Tigers added to more in the fifth when Binns started the inning off with a double. She later scored on a fielder’s choice from Booker. Houpt had another RBI single scoring Jackson to give the Tigers six runs. Elbert managed to add single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to account for their total.

WESTSIDE – The Lady Tigers got off to an even faster start scoring seven runs in the first inning. They put up another two runs in the second inning, single runs in the third and fourth innings and three in the fifth. The game was called due to the mercy rule. Kara Gammon picked up the first win of her high school career. Jackson pitched two scoreless innings shutting out Westside on a combined one-hitter. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Binns (2- for-4), Gammon (1-for-4), Jackson (3-for-3), Booker (2-for-3), Houpt (2-for-3), Callaway (1-for-1), Allen (1-for-3), Whitney Dawson (2-for- 4), and Kaci Gammon (2-for-3).

CALVARY DAY – Walks and errors plagued the Tiger defense in the second game of the doubleheader. The Lady Tigers committed a total of six errors accounting for six unearned runs. But they bounced back after a tough start regaining the lead and were unable to hold on before the time limit run out. Senior Zanila Booker hit her first homerun of the season.

GREENBRIER – On Saturday, the Lady Tigers started off with a tough opponent in Greenbrier High School. W-W was unable to get the big hit in the first and third innings with runners in scoring position. Samantha Wheatley pitched well for the Tigers in the loss, holding Greenbrier to only three earned runs. Binns and Booker both were 1-for-3 for the Tigers at the plate.

ELBERT COUNTY – The Lady Tigers won their final game of the Chick-fil-A Classic by defeating Elbert County 11-8. Jackson picked up the win for the Tigers pitching four innings and allowing three runs. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Binns (2-for-3, 3 sb, 3 runs), Callaway (2-for-4, 2 runs), Jackson (2-for-4, 2 2b), Booker (2-for-4, 2b), Allen (1-for-3, 3 rbi), Kara Gammon (2-for-3, 2b), and Tamara McAvoy (1-for-2).

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