The Apalachee High School softball team had a chance to secure the No. 2 seed from 8-AAAAA for the upcoming tournament.
However, the Lady Wildcats could not take advantage of their scoring opportunities Thursday and fell 3-0 on the road to Loganville. AHS is now off until Saturday when it travels to Madison County.
“We had back-to-back strikeouts in the first inning with the bases loaded,” coach Mike Cavey said. “We should have gotten at least two runs in that situation. We didn’t do a good job getting the runners home when we had the chance. We found a way to get extra base hits, but never with runners in scoring position.”
AHS (13-9 overall, 6-2 in region) loaded the bases in the top of the first after Hannah Medlam tripled, Haley Davis was hit by a pitch and Savannah Clark walked.
Loganville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field. As it would turn out, that would be the only run the Lady Red Devils would need.
The Lady Wildcats went in order in the second but had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third after singles by Medlam and Clark. Both runners were left stranded, however.
LHS meanwhile scored two more runs in the bottom of the second on a walk and back-to-back doubles.
Kelsie Herbert had a leadoff single in the fourth for AHS but the inning ended on a double play. Mia Giddons had a one-out double in the fifth but she was also left on base. Kaitlin Painter drew a one-out walk in the sixth but a double play once again ended any rally hopes.
Kaeleni Wilson doubled in the seventh inning but could not reach home.
It was another strong pitching effort by Becca Meade who wen the distance Thursday with two strikeouts. Meade scattered six hits while allowing only one walk against Loganville.
Loganville’s Mattie Green was also effective with seven strikeouts while blanking the Lady Wildcats.
“We were just not in the game for whatever reason,” Cavey said. “I’m not mad, just disappointed. We will rebound. We are third and will face either Gainesville or Salem in the region tournament. We still have a chance. We just had a sure thing within our grasp today and let it get away.”
With a several day gap in between playing a game, AHS players were given Friday and Monday off and returned to practice Tuesday.
While Madison County is 23-2, Cavey said he is using the game to get all players an opportunity to gain experience.
“They may be looking to beat us in three innings, but my plan is to get everyone playing time,” the AHS coach said. “We’ll probably pitch Becca but will also use some others as well. It’s a chance for us to get on the field before we begin the region tournament.”