CPRD Girls At State
The only Commerce Parks and Recreation
Department all-star team still in action, the 14-under softball
team is planning to finish its season Saturday in the state championship
game in Adel.
Commerce claimed the District 7 title Saturday by beating Lumpkin
County 10-7 in the finals, to earn one of the eight spots at
the state tournament.
Several players on the team were on the 12-under squad who won
the state tournament last year in Lumpkin County.
The state tournament begins Thursday with all teams playing one
game. Commerce is matched up against the District 3 champion.
The winner of that game will play on Friday at 1:45 p.m. The
loser will play at 11:15 a.m. Friday. The championship game is
set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Commerce made quick work of its district foes, winning all three
of the games it played.
Commerce opened with a 13-1 win over Union County in its first
game. The team downed Lumpkin County 4-2 in the winner's bracket
final to reach the championship game.
Members of the 14-under girls' softball team include: Stephanie
Rainwater, Jena Fields, Jamie Allen, Lauren Mize, Libby Mize,
Lauren Lance, Whitney Brown, Melissa Patrick, Brittnay Whitfield,
Ashley Evans and Cayla Carlan.
The team is coached by Jasda Lance and Greg Fields.
Commerce's 12-under softball and baseball all-stars bowed out
of their district tournaments this week.
All other all-star teams have completed their tournament seasons.
BCRD girls headed to
The Banks County Recreation Department's
11-12-year-old softball all-stars are headed to the state tournament.
After downing Dawson County 19-10 in the District 7 championship
game, Banks County earned a berth in the state event July 20-22.
The Banks County girls went 4-0 in the tournament.
Banks County will open at the state tournament July 20 at 8:15
Three other BCRD all-stars wrapped up their seasons this weekend
at district tournaments.
The 9-10 girls' softball all-stars played at Dawson County. The
9-10 and 11-12 boys' baseball tournaments were also held over
Jackson County shut out in district tourneys
If you listen closely enough, you might
just hear hundreds of sighs of relief going up all over Jackson
Area recreation baseball and softball teams wrapped up their
seasons last weekend after all were eliminated from postseason
play in district tournaments.
Jackson County played host to Forsyth County in both 9-10 and
11-12 baseball. The outcome probably made up for the trip in
the visitors' minds, as Forsyth teams not only won both tournaments,
but claimed both runner-up spots as well.
Team Jackson County 1 started the 11-12 tournament by enduring
a tough 4-3 loss in extra innings. The teams met again in the
consolation bracket, Forsyth County getting the edge 4-1.
Forsyth team 1 dominated, winning three games by a total score
The 9-10 Jackson County team 1 was eliminated in the consolation
bracket by Forsyth team 2, 6-5.
In Danielsville, things looked a little better for the 9-10 Jackson
County softball team. With only three teams in the tournament,
Jackson County needed win only one game to make the finals. The
team defeated Barrow County twice, but lost to champion Madison
County twice to end their hopes.
The story was similar in 11-12 softball. Jackson County lost
to Barrow team 1 in the opening round, beat Madison County in
the consolations, but was eliminated by Barrow team 2, setting
up an all-Barrow County final.
Ryan Crane 18th
After qualifying 16th, Jefferson's Ryan
Crane finished 18th Saturday in the Jasper Engines & Transmissions
200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway. The finish extended Crane's
streak of top-20 finishes to eight, and was good for third place
among NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series rookies.
Rookie points leader Casey Yunick continued his impressive season
with an eighth-place run that extended his rookie points lead
over second-place Greg Pope to nine points. Yunick was the top-finishing
rookie for the fourth time in eight races. Pope finished near
the end of the pack, in 25th, after engine trouble.
Pope's poor finish helped Crane inch to within only three points
of second place in the rookie points standings, a gap that could
easily be made up with a good showing in this week's NAPA Auto
Parts 300 at Louisville Motor Speedway, in Louisville, Ky.
Crane's finish at Montgomery dropped him two spots in the series'
overall points standings, from 13th to 15th.
Junior League National
all-stars cruise to state tournament
The 13-14-year-old Junior League National
all-stars took the competition by storm in the area tournament
held in Danielsville, then landed themselves in the state all-star
tournament Saturday by toppling Toccoa American 5-0 in Hart County
to claim the district title.
The team is now set to head to Cedartown as the District 7 representative
where they will receive a bye in the first round of tournament
and begin play Sunday July 16 at 11:30 a.m.
The team swept through the area tournament held at the Madison
County Recreation Department in three games, downing Franklin
National 10-1 last Saturday and Habersham National 16-5 last
Sunday and again 17-1 on Wednesday to grab the tournament title.
The Junior League squad proved to be an offensive juggernaut
during these contests as they pushed 43 runs across the plate
and pounded out 39 hits while hitting at a .470 mark.
"We hit pretty much all the way through the lineup,"
said head coach Rick Ryder. "There really wasn't one key
player. It's been a complete effort--everybody has been carrying
The Madison County team's pitching proved to be equally as lethal
as Josh Fields picked up two complete game wins in the area tournament
while Mike Young picked up one. The 1-2 combo limited the competition
to only seven runs and 10 hits while holding them to a paltry
.167 average in the three games.
It was Young who then sent the squad to the state championship
with his stellar pitching performance in the district championship
contest as he hurled six shutout innings in the five-run win.