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ELCA remains ranked, Morrow atop standings at 7-1

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

The weekly softball rankings according to the gasports.com coaches' poll were released and to no one's surprise, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy finds itself sitting in the penthouse.

ELCA's surge toward another state crown is off to an excellent start as the Lady Chargers boast a 7-2 record and are ranked No. 1 in Class A.

The Lady Chargers' first loss this year came against Luella on Aug. 23 at the Dan Wallace Invitational. Pitcher Hope Rush is once again mowing down the competition from the mound along with carrying a hefty bat at the plate.

In Tuesday's action against No. 3-ranked Mill Creek at Georgia Tech, Rush tossed a no-hitter, but lost 1-0 in eight innings to the Lady Hawks. ELCA's star pitcher falls to 7-2 on the season. Mill Creek scored its lone run on an error.

ELCA's county neighbor, Luella, has yet to crack the rankings, but its still playing with a hunger for a championship banner.

Luella enters this week at 6-2-1 and in third place in Region 2-AAAAA behind Greenbrier and Newton.

The Lady Lions hope to gain some ground in the standings when they play at M.L. King this evening at 5:30 p.m.

When the season got underway in August, Union Grove was in bad shape.

After the final pitch was tossed in their opening game against ELCA in the Dan Wallace Invitational, the Lady Wolverines were looking up at everybody at 1-5-1.

That was then and this is now.

Since Aug. 21, Union Grove has reeled off five in a row and now stand at 6-5-1.

Ola opened the season with so much promise after going 3-0, winning 9-0 over Southwest DeKalb, 5-1 against Eastside and 8-3 versus Greater Atlanta Christian.

But it's been a downward trend of losing over the past two and a half weeks with the Mustangs going 2-5-1.

During this span, Ola dropped three-straight, which included a 3-2 defeat to Luella sandwiched in between a 5-1 and 12-4 loss versus ELCA.

Ola fell to lost to 5-6-1 after losing 3-1 to Eastside in eight innings.

Woodland cracked the win column on Tuesday with 7-1 triumph over Dutchtown to improve to 5-5.

Dutchtown's woes contine as it now falls to 4-9.

Throughout the year, Clayton County schools have stood in the large shadow of Henry County teams on the softball diamond.

But in 2008, the Morrow Lady Mustangs are looking to make a point for Clayton County.

Heading into today's game at Riverdale, Morrow is 7-1 and in first place in Region 4A-AAAA with its lone defeat coming against Mt. Zion.