Apalachee High School’s softball team will not win the region championship this season, but the Lady Wildcats will still compete in the upcoming state tournament.
AHS fell to Loganville High School in a semifinal doubleheader Monday (13-3, 6-4) and will face Winder-Barrow High School Thursday in a battle for the No. 3 seed for state.
The WBHS Lady Bulldoggs were swept by Heritage in the other semifinal matchup Monday 8-0 and 9-1. AHS and WBHS will actually play at Heritage Thursday at 5 p.m.
“We didn’t field it or throw it well today,” said Lady Cat coach Mike Cavey. “Our defense was sloppy. You can’t give a team like Loganville runs. We were able to get runners on but couldn’t deliver the big hit we needed.”
Needing a win in the second game Monday night to extend the series, the AHS Lady Wildcats trailed 6-1 going into their last at-bat. AHS pushed three runs across, but were not able to catch the host Lady Red Devils.
In the bottom of the seventh (Apalachee was the designated home team in game two), Mia Giddens had a leadoff single followed by an RBI from Hannah Medlam. Holly Janco then delivered an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-3. Haley Davis doubled to score Janco and keep hopes alive at 6-4.
LHS pitcher Maddie Green, however, closed the door to send her team to the finals.
“We missed some opportunities,” Cavey said. “We helped them when they didn’t need it.”
In game one, AHS jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Medlam and Janco both singled and advanced on a passed ball.
Davis walked to load the bases and then Savannah Clark crunched a three-run triple. The Lady Wildcats would leave the bases loaded, however.
LHS responded in the bottom half of the first on a three-run homer.
AHS regained the lead in game one in the top of the second when Janco reached on an error, allowing Giddens to score, and Medlam raced home on a passed ball.
The LHS Lady Red Devils evened the score again in the bottom of the third and then took their first lead in the fourth inning with five runs. That five-run inning seemed to take the wind out of Apalachee’s sail as the final would end up 13-5 in game one.
In the nightcap, the teams were tied at 1-1 after the first inning.
AHS scored after a leadoff triple by Giddens, who later crossed home on a passed ball.
Three runs by LHS in the third and two more in the fifth gave the Lady Red Devils enough of a cushion to hold on for the win and sweep the series.
Following the doubleheader, which took more than four hours to complete Monday, Cavey said he is glad that AHS and WBHS will be advancing to state.
“We know we are both going so it’s not a case of one team advancing at the expense of the other,” Cavey said. “I’m glad Monty’s team will be there in state, too.”
AHS advanced to the region semifinals by sweeping Salem last week while WBHS upset Flowery Branch in two games.
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