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Raiders fall to undefeated Hornets in rematch

From Staff Reports

 

PERRY – After soundly defeating Terrell Academy 13-1 in a run-ruled game the day before, the Southland Academy Raider softball team (SA) took aim at undefeated Westfield (WS): the defending GISA Class AAA state champions. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Hornets shut out SA 15-0 on Saturday, August 10. Unfortunately for the Raiders, things didn’t go much differently in the rematch. They were not able to solve WS starting pitcher Sydney Langdon and fell 10-2 to the Hornets on Wednesday, August 28, at the Westfield School.

The Hornets scored two runs in the first, two in the second, three in the third and three more in the fourth to seal their victory. The Raiders’ only runs of the game came in the top of the fourth inning. They were only able to score two runs on five hits during the game and committed three errors. The Hornets scored 10 runs on 10 hits and committed one error.

SA starting pitcher Rylan Youngdale took the loss. She pitched four innings and gave up 10 runs on 10 hits. She struck out none while walking four batters. Langdon, on the other hand, pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits while walking none and striking out three batters.

Morgan Weaver, Brookland Weaver, Holly McCain and Katie Rodgers each went 1-for-2 at the plate. Alli Dent also had a hit as she went 1-for-3 with a single. Sadie Hayes, Ellie Williams and Avery Adams each had multiple hits to lead the Hornets’ attack.

The Raiders (5-5) will try to get themselves back into the win column when they travel to Macon to take on Windsor Academy on Tuesday, September 3. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.