Softball: Tift Opens Region with Sweep

Playing a double header to save travel costs for the schools, Tift and Coffee fired off Game 1 at 4:00. Tift would send sophomore Adriana Durden to the mound. Durden made her mark on Region 1-AAAAAA last season as she was named Region Player of the Year. Durden has continued to pitch well and today would be no different. Amassing 8 strikeouts, she held Coffee scoreless in Game 1.  

Tift would find their bats in the third inning. Shortstop Callie McAllister would single to the third baseman Haley Heath on a bunt. Junior Second baseman Allison Walker would get a full count double to place McAllister on third.  A fielder’s choice by Tift’s Taylor Corbett would score McAllister and advance Walker to third. The inning would end with Catcher Taylor Simmons grounding out to third.  

Coffee ace pitcher Amanda Wright would walk senior Chelsea Thomas to start the top of the fourth. Thomas would advance to second on a fielder’s choice hit by Katelyn Hancock, and Senior Courtney Waldrop would hit a hard line drive to left field to score Thomas.

Waldrop and McAllister would each go  2 for 3 in game one,  and Corbett and Walker would pick up a hit a piece in the contest. 

In Game 2, Tift would play as the home team. Tift would develop scoring first, hitting in the bottom of the fourth. With one down, Corbett would single to left field. Catcher Taylor Simmons would hit a hard ball to center, advancing Corbett to third. Thomas struck out, and Katelyn Tucker would double to score both runners. 

Coffee would answer in the top of the 5th. Leadoff batter Madison Dill would single to right. Durden would hunker down and get Sonya Franklin to strikeout for out number one. Durden would givve up a full count walk to Heath. With runners on 1st and 2nd, a Greene ground out to Durden would get Tift an out away from ending the threat. Shortstop Tori Robinson doubled to center to score the two Coffee runners, but would be stranded as the inning ended with a fly out to left fielder Morgan Garrick.

Chelsea Thomas scores the winning run in Game 2. Photo: Shine Rankin/SGSN

The score would stay knotted at 2 until the home half of the 7th inning. Chelsea Thomas would reach on a hard ground ball to lead off the frame. Tucker hit a fly to short for out number one, and brought Waldrop back to the plate. With a 2-2 count, Waldrop singled to right field, and Thomas would score the walk off on an error by Center Fielder Rachel Paulk. “Courtney hit the ball hard, and got runs when we needed them today. It’s great win against one of the better teams in our region”, Wlikins said after the game. 

Tift amassed three runs on five hits, with Tucker and Waldrop netting RBIs in Game 2. Durden struck out 6 in the nightcap, and awarded just two bases on balls. Wilkins on Durden: “Adriana pitched well.(14ks, 2 earned runs in 14 innings of work). Give Coffee credit in game 2. They’d seen her fourteen innings and started to be able to hit some, but we got key stops. We didn’t play our best, but I told the girls ‘Good teams find a way to win, even when we’re not playing our best'”. Good advice, coach.

 Coffee got 8 hits but only plated the 2 runs as they fell short. Wright struck five in the contest.

Tift moves to 9-1 on the year, and more importantly 2-0 in region play. They get a break, and time to rehab before facing Worth County in Slyvester on September 4.


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