ELCA rolls to region victory

By Anthony Rhoads

Home runs are rare in high school softball.

But the Eagle's Landing Christian Lady Chargers racked up two inside-the-park homers in their five-inning 14-0 GISA Region 1-AAA victory over North Cobb Christian Tuesday afternoon.

In the third inning, Rachel Irby hit a grand slam to put the Lady Chargers up 11-0.

In the fourth inning, McKenzie Bailey came off the bench to smack a two-run home run to make the score 14-0.

"I thought North Cobb would have been more competitive than that," Eagle's Landing Christian head coach Joe Shadowens said. "They used to be one of the best teams in the region but this year they have a lot of young players and are kind of young."

In Tuesday's victory, the Lady Chargers got some production out of the bottom of the line-up. The bottom three batters accounted for nine runs.

No. 7 hitter Marissa Martin drew two walks, stole a base and scored twice; No. 8 hitter Caitlyn Hart walked once, reached base on an errors and scored two runs, and No. 9 hitter Jacque Fuller went 2-for-2 with two runs and a stolen base.

The subs were also productive as Kale Whaley walked and scored a run and Brittany Norris collected an RBI double and scored a run.

"We preach and preach about being a complete line-up," Shadowens said. "It's good because they needed to carry us in this game. It's also good to get in some subs and get them some time to play."

Pitcher Casey Judson allowed only one hit in the game while striking out five. She allowed no walks.

"She's our No. 1 pitcher; she's our only pitcher," Shadowens said. "If she gets hurt, we're in trouble."

Judson also had a solid day at the plate by going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Lead-off hitter Ansley Lambert went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and one walk.

Eagle's Landing Christian scored one run in the first inning, five each in the second and third and three runs in the fourth inning.

Eagle's Landing Christian (5-4, 1-0) gets back into action Thursday at home against Windsor.

The Lady Chargers defeated Windsor 5-4 in a pre-season tournament at Windsor.

"We kind of snuck up on them but they will be ready for us Thursday," Shadowens said.