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No. 1-ranked ELCA leads charge in Southern Crescent softball

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

Queen of the Hill: Another week has passed on the calendar and Eagle's Landing Christian Academy is still at the top of the polls.

The No. 1-ranked (Class A) Lady Chargers (18-3) have reeled off five wins in a row, all of which were shut out victories.

The games included region triumphs over Paideia (14-0), Wesleyan (8-0) and St. Francis (15-0). On Monday, Sept. 15, ELCA blew out Blessed Trinity 10-0.

On Thursday, the Lady Chargers head up to Gwinnett County for the South Gwinnett-Brookwood Invitational.

Among the schools they'll face in this three-day affair is South Gwinnett on Sept. 18 and a doubleheader with Norcross and Pike County on Sept. 19. The championship will be decided on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Lionesses' Share: After falling 8-0 to cross-county rival ELCA on Sept. 8, Luella has won three-straight by knocking off Union Grove (2-0), Newton (9-0 in five innings) and Stephenson (12-0 in four innings).

Luella is 15-5-1 overall and 5-1 in Region 2-AAAAA behind Greenbrier.

Just like ELCA, Luella will also be competing in a weekend tournament in Gwinnett County, the Shiloh-Brookwood Invitational, in Snellville.

The Lady Lions face host club Shiloh on Thursday at 5 p.m. Luella concludes the week with a Friday doubleheader against Northside-Warner Robins and Loganville.

Cruising in a Mustang: Ola is driving in the fast lane after posting four-straight lopsided wins over Dutchtown (10-1), Jonesboro (16-0), North Clayton (18-0) and Forest Park (18-0). The Lady Mustangs averaged 15.5 runs during this stretch and never played past the third inning.

Today, Ola hits the road for a twin bill versus North Gwinnett and Central Gwinnett in the Central Gwinnett-Brookwood Invitational.

The Lady Mustangs take the field at 9-6-1 and in first place in the Region 4-AAA standings at 4-0.

Peak Performers: Union Grove started the 2008 season on a bad note, going 1-5-1. However, the Lady Wolverines have reversed their fortunes over the past month and are peaking at the right time.

Since being blanked 7-0 by ELCA on Aug. 21, the Lady Wolverines have gone 12-3-1 and appear poised to make a run at the state playoffs.

Union Grove hopes to enact its revenge on the rival Lady Chargers when it travels to ELCA on Sept. 23.

Morrow mops up Clayton County teams: Clayton County schools have never had much to hang their hat on in terms of softball, however, this season, the Morrow Lady Mustangs are the toast of the district in 2008.

On Tuesday, Morrow defeated Westlake 12-0 to imporve to 12-2 overall.

The Lady Mustangs' double-digit win total is the best among all Clayton schools.

The next closest mark is Mundy's Mill at 6-3 overall. Catfish Club: Although no one will never question the effort on the diamond, Eagle's Landing, Stockbridge, Woodland, Forest Park, Mt. Zion, Jonesboro, North Clayton and Riverdale are miles away from swimming at the top with the big fish of the Southern Crescent.

Each team is near or at the bottom of the standing in their respective regions at the midway point of the season.