Heritage Generals

The regular season may be over, the torrid hitting continued for the Heritage Generals on Wednesday.

The Navy-and-Red racked up 23 more hits and scored 16 more runs in a 6-1, 10-0 doubleheader sweep of visiting Cedartown that moved Heritage into the Sweet 16 round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

First baseman Katie Proctor had a big day at the plate, driving in two runs in the opener, before knocking in four runs in the nightcap. All four came on a grand slam blast to the deepest part of the park to break open a tight game in the top of the seventh.

Meanwhile, senior Taelyn Bates kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay with a four-hitter in Game 1 before freshman Rachel Gibson handcuffed Cedartown in Game 2. The Region 6-AAAA Co-Pitcher of the Year followed up her six-inning, 15-strikeout perfect game against top-ranked Northwest Whitfield in the region tournament on Oct. 5 with another six-inning no-no on Wednesday, fanning six and walking just two.

Proctor's groundout in the bottom of the first inning plated Bailey Christol with the first run of Game 1 and Heritage would give Bates some breathing room with a five-spot in the third.

Ansley Bice got things going with a one-out double and Madi Morris would deliver an RBI-single. Proctor later sent a flare to shallow rightfield for another RBI and Reagan Armour would reach after beating out an infield hit. Mallory Lowe drove in another run with a single before Ashley Faulkenberry hit a two-run single to right-center.

Cedartown would finally push home a solo run in the top of the sixth, but errorless ball by Heritage, including sparkling defensive gems by Lowe, Proctor and Armour, helped keep the Lady Bulldogs from getting back in the game.

Armour had three of Heritage's nine hits, while Lowe was 2-for-3. Bates walked two and allowed just one earned run. She finished with three strikeouts.

A two-run top of the third gave the Generals the lead in the second game before the wheels would come off for Cedartown in the top of the sixth. Proctor's shot would be the key hit in an eight-run frame that helped close the book on the Lady Bulldogs' season.

Proctor had two more hits, while Christol was 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot and scored twice. Bice was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs, while Lowe went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs driven in.

Up next for fifth-ranked Heritage (22-8) will be a visit from sixth-ranked Madison County, who cruised past Blessed Trinity, 6-0 and 5-0, in their opening round series. The Generals will enter the game having won eight games in a row.

Ridgeland splits at Central-Carroll

It was truly a tale of two games for the fourth-ranked Lady Panthers in their two games at 10th-ranked Central-Carroll on Wednesday.

A two-run homer by Katie Davis ignited a dominant 13-0 victory in the opener, but the Lady Lions would come roaring back in the nightcap, blasting the Lady Panthers, 20-5.

No further details were provided as of press time.

Game 3 is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Carrollton with the winner moving on to face either Oconee County or Marist. Oconee won their opener, 8-6, but the War Eagles forced a Game 3 with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap. With a win, Ridgeland would either travel to Marist or host Oconee County next week.

LaFayette swept at Chapel Hill

With a handful of NCAA Division I commitments on the roster and at least one SEC coach in attendance watching the game, the eighth-ranked Chapel Hill Lady Panthers ended a solid season for LaFayette, 9-1 and 9-6.

Shelby Adkins and Ashton Stalling both hit their first homers of the season for the senior-less Lady Ramblers, who opened their first season under new head coach Meagan Base with 12 straight wins and a No. 2 state ranking before finishing with an overall record of 17-12.

No further details were provided as of press time.

Top-ranked Northwest Whitfield also advanced to the next round with a 10-1, 6-2 sweep of Troup. The Lady Bruins will play at Region 8 champion and seven-ranked Jefferson next week.