Lady Tigers avoid the rain long enough to pick up two region wins


Over the last three weeks the Lady Tiger softball team has had four games postponed due to rain. The rain-outs unfortunately came just as the Lady Tigers had begun playing their best ball of the season.

Last Monday and Tuesday, however, the weather was beautiful and the Lady Tigers were able to pick up two big region victories. On Monday the Tigers traveled to Dublin to face the Lady Irish to make up a game that had been rained out on August 29th. The Tigers scored early and often in the game which lasted only four innings due to the mercy rule. Gracie Beneteau, Savannah Hooks, and Callie Powell each had multiple hits while Beneteau and Jocie Hendrix each scored four runs in the 15-1 victory for the Tigers. Swainsboro pitcher Callie Powell allowed just one unearned run on one hit in the contest. She also tallied six strikeouts on the evening and issued zero walks.

On Tuesday the Tigers hosted the Jefferson County Lady Warriors in what turned out to be a pretty good pitcher’s duel between Swainsboro pitcher Callie Powell and Jefferson County Pitcher Lily Vaughn. Each pitcher allowed five hits and two walks on the evening but Powell was able to limit the Lady Warriors to just two runs.

Swainsboro started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a single and two stolen bases by Hannah Howard followed by an RBI ground out by Gracie Beneteau. Jocie Hendrix then tripled to right-center field before Berklie Bishop came through with a two-out, RBI single. The score remained 2-0 Tigers until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Tigers extended their lead to 3-0 on singles by Cassidy Jordan and Kayla Crabb. In the top of the fifth inning, Jefferson County scored their only two runs of the game when the Tigers allowed two unearned runs by issuing a walk and committing their only two errors of the game. The Tigers picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning before Powell sat down the heart of the Lady Warriors batting order 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning to secure the 4-2 win for the Lady Tigers. With the win, Swainsboro evened up it’s region record at three wins and three losses.

On Thursday, the rain returned yet again and the Tiger’s second game of the season against Dublin was postponed.

Some of the non-region games that have been rained out in the area will likely not be made up as coaches scramble to make up region contests late in the season. The region games against Dublin and East Laurens will be made up and those make up dates should be announced soon. The Tigers next scheduled game is will be a region contest at home against region co-leader Bleckley County on Thursday afternoon at 5:30pm. (Wednesday’s non region game against Metter was canceled to allow Metter to make up a region game that was rained out).