Henry Co. wins two in tournament

From Staff Reports

TYRONE ? The Henry County Ladyhawks softball team went 2-1 during weekend play of the Sandy Creek Softball Tournament.

The Ladyhawks got started early Saturday morning in the tourney. The Ladyhawks got off to a great start, defeating Callaway 7-1 in the first game of the day.

Erica English pitched the first four innings against Callaway, giving up no runs on two hits, striking out nine. Kristen Sims pitched the next three innings, giving up a hit and a run.

The run was unearned as the Callaway baserunner reached first on an error and scored on a triple.

Henry's Yolanda Evans hit two doubles and had three RBIs. Shannika Taylor also had two hits for the Ladyhawks.

Henry County faced a familiar coaching foe later that day, as the Ladyhawks took on Pickens County, which is led by former Eagle's Landing co-head softball coach Donnie Byrom.

Henry shutout Pickens County 5-0 in five innings (due to time constraints). Amber Harrell gave up only a leadoff double and struck out 12 batters for the victory. Evans and English each had RBIs against Pickens County.

The win put Henry in the Silver Medal Round later that Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Ladyhawks, Duluth beat them in the Silver Medal game 3-0. Harrell was the hard-luck loser, going six innings, allowing four hits and striking out 13.

"We had shaky defense behind Amber against Duluth," said Henry head coach Chuck Campbell. "Runs scored on an error and a wild pitch."

English and Evans had two hits for the Ladyhawks, who were down to nine healthy players for the game. Campbell said he couldn't play anyone from the junior varsity team, because they were in their own separate softball tournament.

Henry is now 5-2 on the season and starts Area 2-AAAAA play Tuesday at Northside-Warner Robins.