By Derrick Mahone
Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith provided a different look for Lovejoy in the teams third meeting this season. Before the Region 4-AAAA contest, Smith shuffled his line-up and give Kyana Taylor the start on the mound.
Still the result was the same as the previous two meetings.
The Tigers won 13-5 in six innings to improve to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the region.
"We did things a little different," Smith said. "We wanted to show them a different pitcher. We shook things up a bit. I know they were gearing up for our No. 1 pitcher, but we let Kyana start."
Taylor pitched three innings, giving up two hits and four runs before giving way to ace Savannah McHellon, who had three strikeouts while giving up two hits and a run. McHellon has an 8-0 record on the season.
The score was tied 4-4 after three innings, but Mundy's Mill took control in the fourth with a five-run outburst. In the previous two meetings this season, Mundy's Mill has outscored the Wildcats 30-3, including a win in the Clayton County Championship to start the season.
Mundy's Mill has pretty much had its way with the competition so far this season. The Tigers have outscored its opponents 163 to 18 as it has a commanding lead in the region championship race.
"We have set a few goals for ourselves this season, and one was to win the county championship," Smith said. "We are trying to go through the region as the No. 1 team. We are still in first. We have set our goals on a game-by-game basis. We are not going to overlook anyone."
The players say that they are too competitive to get complacent despite its easy wins.
"We look to compete," sophomore centerfielder Danika Stevens said. "We want to win every game that we play. This is a good for us as we get ready for the playoffs. We know we will come up against some good competition in the playoffs."
"They are a very competitive team," Smith said. "They believe that they can win. I don't think they will back down on no one."
Smith admits that he is concerned at how his team will be able to hit against some good playoff pitching. To prepare his team, he has scheduled a late-season game with Grayson, a Class AAAAA school in Gwinnett County.
"That game will give us a good measure of how we are doing," Smith said. "We need to see how we hit against some good pitching. You can get a false sense of your team. We are well aware of what's ahead for us."
The players say they look forward to the playoff challenge. Mundy's Mill will host the region tournament next month before the state playoffs begin.
"We are anxious to play some better teams," Stevens said. "Our dedication and hard work should pay off. I think we will come on strong."