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 July 12, 2000


CPRD Girls At State Tourney
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.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS
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 state tourney
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 p.m.
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 the weekend.


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 County.
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 of 27-3.
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 at Montgomery
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 load."
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.


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