Lady Wolverines stay alive in Columbus

From staff reports

The Union Grove Lady Wolverines softball team's state championship hopes live on in Columbus.

After falling into the losers' bracket Thursday, the Lady Wolverines stayed alive Friday with three victories, all must-win situations.

Union Grove began the day by whipping Irwin County 17-0, and beating Greater Atlanta Christian and Buford by identical 4-1 scores.

The Wolverines now face an early-morning wake-up call this morning at 8:45 when they take on Pike County.

The winner advances to the championship round against Morgan County. Union Grove would have to beat Morgan County twice to win the title. At the sectionals last week Union Grove lost to Morgan County in extra innings.

Union Grove becomes the last hope to bring home a state title to Henry County.

Both Eagle's Landing and Henry County made it to the Class AAAAA Elite 8, but were eliminated from the tournament on Friday.

In its game against Irwin County, Dumas and Megan Escue pitched the Lady Wolverines to a 17-0 victory with a combined no-hitter in a game called after five innings.

Dumas struckout six and Escue three en route to the win. Dumas also helped her own cause with the bat, ripping two hits, driving in four runs and ripping a grand slam.

Brook King drove in three runs to also help pace the offense. Whitney McBurnett also scored three runs.

In its game against Greater Atlanta Christian, Dumas struck out 11. Lynleigh Hurndon and Lauren Peters drove in the runs.

Against Buford, Dumas struck out 12. Leandra Hines, Dumas, Hurndon and Brandi Pratt had two hits each.

In the Class AAAAA bracket, Eagle's Landing began the day with a 1-0 decision against Brookwood in a game settled in the eighth inning by the international tie breaker. Ashlyn Turner started the inning on second base, and then Julie Adams put down a bunt that Brookwood thew away, allowing Turner to score.

Terrie Mesko picked up the win with an 8-strikeout performance.

Eagle's Landing then lost 2-0 to Starr's Mill to get eliminated from the double-elimination tourney.

After beating Brookwood 1-0 to open the tournament, the Lady Tigers lost 2-1 to Collins Hill and 1-0 to Parkview.

Full details from Stockbridge games weren't reported.