Using another strong pitching performance by Becca Meade, the Apalachee High School softball team defeated defending region champion Heritage 4-0 last Thursday.
The win improved the Lady Wildcats to 2-1 in Region 8-AAAAA and showed that AHS just may well be a contender this fall under first-year head coach Matt Allen.
The Lady Wildcats, who played several games in Brunswick over the weekend, will return to action Wednesday (today) for a non-region contest against Archer High School on the road. AHS will then travel to Winder-Barrow High School Thursday for an important region showdown with the Lady Bulldoggs, who defeated Gainesville 9-0 last Thursday.
n some ways, Thursday’s region game will be another Battle of Barrow installment, this time on the softball diamond. The two schools will meet Friday on the football field.
In softball, however, AHS will look to avenge a 6-0 loss to WBHS earlier this season when the teams met for an extra, non-region matchup. Coach Monty McClure, who guided his team to Columbus last fall, has seen his Lady Bulldoggs begin 2014 3-0 in region play, winning those games by a combined 41-5.
Meade has been a force on the mound for the AHS Lady Wildcats.
The senior recorded nine strikeouts against Heritage and showed her usual toughness, throwing more than 100 pitches.
In the non-region matchup between AHS and WBHS, Meade did not pitch for the Lady Wildcats prompting opposing coach McClure to note: “It will be different the next time we play.”
AHS is benefiting from several players’ performances in 2014 including Holly Janco, Mia Giddens, Hannah Medlam, Allison Cole and Briana Bryson.
“Over the weekend we played well in all five games except for one inning,” AHS coach Matt Allen said.
AHS defeated Glynn Academy and Calvary Day on Friday and then recorded wins against Savannah Country Day and Calvary Day on Saturday. The lone tournament setback was an 8-3 decision to North Cobb. The Lady Wildcats have been dealing with injuries as one player is out with a concussion and another missed some time after having her wisdom teeth removed. Allen said that allowed other players a chance to compete and that should prove beneficial later in the season as more team members have game experience.
In terms of getting back into region play Thursday, Allen said 8-AAAAA is “very competitive and wide open.”
“We are in position to be one of the top teams,” he said. “We have played some of the better teams already and are 2-1. The game with Winder-Barrow is big, but regardless of what happens we feel we have a chance to be at the top of the region.”