Gordon Lee Trojans

It took one trip through the lineup for the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans to get their bearings on Friday.

And when they did, they were tough to stop.

The Navy-and-White picked up two more shutout victories and moved into the Elite Eight round of the Class A Public School state tournament on Friday with a doubleheader sweep against Social Circle.

No. 1-ranked Gordon Lee has now won four in a row in this year's state tournament by a combined score of 38-0. The Lady Trojans (29-3) will be at home for the state quarterfinals next week against either unranked Screven County, the No. 3 seed from Region 3, or Region 4 champion Wilcox County. Screven won Friday's opener, 1-0, before Wilcox responded with a 13-1 win in Game 2.

Gordon Lee 5, Social Circle 0

The Lady Trojans broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. After loading the bases, Emma Minghini drew a walk to bring in the first run. Allie Farrow made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly and Emma Langston came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single.

Gordon Lee's other run in the game came courtesy of a Jordan Dyer solo homer to centerfield in the bottom of the sixth.

The Lady Trojans had six hits by six different players, including a double by Emma Phillips, who also had two stolen bases in the game.

Minghini gave up just one hit and did not walk a batter in seven innings in the circle. She finished with 11 strikeouts.

Gordon Lee 9, Social Circle 0

In the nightcap, Langston pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out five and walking two. She also helped herself with a pair of doubles at the plate.

An eight-run third inning did the damage. Minghini, who had an RBI-single in the first inning, ripped a two-run double in the third, which was followed by an RBI-double from Langston. Sidney Gasaway and Madison Farrow followed up with RBI-singles. Dyer added an RBI-double, and Addison Sturdivant finished off the inning with a two-run single.

Sturdivant went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases in the game, while Minghini had two hits to go with her three RBIs. Gordon Lee also swiped six bases as a team.

The other three Elite Eight match-ups are set. Third-ranked Commerce will play at fifth-ranked Lanier County after Commerce eliminated Region 6 runner-up Trion, 8-0 and 12-5 on Friday. No. 6 Bryan County will play at unranked Schley County, while a heavyweight battle will pit fourth-ranked ECI at second-ranked ACE Charter.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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