By David Grimes Thursday, July 05 2012 00:00
Montgomery County will play in the state tournament in Crew-Burkeville starting Friday, July 13. They will play Halifax in the best of 2-out of-3. The winner will advance to the World Series in Georgetown, SC starting July 27.
Montgomery County Handles Grayson County For Title
Montgomery County broke out to an early lead in running away with an 11-1 win over Grayson County in the championship game Tuesday night. The game was called after four innings due to the mercy rule.
After getting Grayson County out in order in the top of the first, Montgomery County would start putting this one away in the bottom of the inning. Rachel Harding and Skylar DeHart led off with back-to-back walks, along with a fielder's choice by Jailin Shepherd and Courtney Raines and an RBI single from Tori Boyd gave Montgomery County a 4-0 lead.
Montgomery County would score four more runs in the second inning on no hits. Adyson Huff led off with being hit by a pitch and later scored on a pass ball. Morgan Wade, Rachel Harding, DeHart, Emily Scaggs, Abigail Wilson and Raines all walked in the inning, which contributed to Montgomery County taking an 8-0 advantage.
Grayson County, who won the sportsmanship trophy, scored its lone run of the evening in the top of the third when Taylor Bane led off with a walk and later scored on a pass ball.
In the bottom of the fourth, Leah Harrison led off the inning with a walk and scored on Rachel Harding's triple. Harding then scored on a pass ball. DeHart also walked and scored on a pass ball to make the final 11-1, Montgomery County.
"This win has been a long time coming," said Montgomery County head coach Lonnie Raines. "It's great when two communities (Auburn and East Mont) can come together and play as team."
Raines also gave a lot of credit to assistant coach Rick Boyd for helping get the team prepared.
Aalaya Phipps led Grayson County with a hit.
Tori Boyd, Rachel Harding and Jaylin Shepherd led Montgomery County with a hit each.
DeHart Throws No-Hitter In Montgomery County's Win Over Carroll County
In an exciting game, which saw Montgomery County's Skylar Dehart and Carroll County's Amber Horton both throw a no-hitter, Montgomery County managed to score its lone run of the game in the fourth inning for the 1-0 victory Monday night.
In the bottom of the fourth, Montgomery County's Morgen Wade led off with a walk, but was the caught stealing second. Rachel Harding followed with a walk and later stole second and third. Harding then scored the winning run on an error.
Horton struck out 10 batters and walked four for Carroll County.
DeHart fanned 12 batters, walked two and hit one batter.
"Skylar was awesome and is one of a kind," said Montgomery County head coach Lonnie Raines about the no-hitter. "She had a lot of pressure on her, but she was calm and cools the entire game."
In Sunday afternoon's action, Montgomery County claimed a 15-4 win over Carroll County and Grayson County eliminated Floyd County 4-3.
Photo: Montgomery County’s Skylar DeHart pitched a no-hitter in their 1-0 win over Carroll County in the Dixie District 3 Angels softball game Monday night. DeHart walked two batters, hit one batter and struck out 12. (Photo by David Grimes)
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