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Winder softball adds two more wins early

POSTED: August 27, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Winder-Barrow’s varsity softball team celebrated its first home game in more than two weeks with a 15-0, three-inning romp past Region 8-AAAAA opponent Cedar Shoals Tuesday evening at Spratlin Field.

Junior centerfielder MacKenzie McFarland led off the Lady Bulldoggs’ first with a home run and sophomore Cathleen Nugue pitched a three-inning perfect game to pace Winder-Barrow to its fourth straight victory and sixth in its last seven contests.

On Monday, the Lady ‘Doggs traveled to Dacula and defeated the Class AAAAAA Lady Falcons 9-5 on their home field.

Dacula had beaten the Lady ‘Doggs 10-2 earlier in the season in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational tournament.

Winder-Barrow will take a 7-3 overall record and a 2-0 region slate into Thursday’s 5:55 p.m. region contest at Gainesville. A junior varsity preliminary contest is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

“We jumped on Dacula for six runs early in the game,” said Winder-Barrow head coach Monty McClure, “and held them off after that. Since they beat us earlier in the season, that’s a good sign.”

McClure didn’t have much to say after Tuesday’s victory. “We pretty much did the things we were supposed to do, and I’m happy with that,” he said after the game.

“I understand Gaineville has a pretty good pitcher, so we’ve got to be ready for her.”

Gainesville, which has been coached by former Universty of Georgia All-American and Duluth High School graduate Michelle Green for the last couple of years, is now coached by long-time Mill Creek coach Roger Parham, who coached South Gwinnett to a state championship before taking over the Lady Hawks.

Green is now the head coach at Norcross and led the Lady Blue Devils in a scrimmage game against Winder-Barrow back on Aug. 6.

The Lady Bulldoggs pounded out 13 hits against Cedar Shoals, including a double, two triples and MacFarland’s homer.

They ended the game with nobody out in the bottom of the third on freshman Emily Ferguson’s run-scoring single to right field. They led 13-0 after two innings and added the necessary two runs to bring the mercy rule into play early in the third.

McFarland wound up 3-for-3 with her homer, a triple and one RBI.

Megan Garrett was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, Ferguson was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in, freshman Jikayla Sullivan was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, Nugue was 1-for-1 with a triple, two walks and an RBI, Ansley Johnson was 1-for-1 with a walk and two stolen bases and T.K. Sauls was 1-for-2 with a run driven in.

Nugue faced the minimum nine batters over her three innings in the circle and struck out four of them.

Only Cedar Shoals leadoff batter Marissa Holloman hit a fair ball out of the infield when she sliced a ball to left after a couple of foul balls out of play. Ferguson made the catch for the first out of the game.

Nugue needed only 33 pitches for the victory and only had a two-ball count on the last batter of the game.

Winder-Barrow jumped on the Lady Jaguars with six runs in the first inning.

After McFarland’s homer on a 1-1 pitch, Johnson singled and stole second before Nugue walked.

Both runners advanced on a passed ball and scored when Sullivan struck out on a wild pitch in the dirt and eventually wound up at third base when Cedar Shoals catcher Brady Griggs’ throw to first went into right field.

Ferguson singled Sullivan home, stole second, went to third on a subsequent wild throw back to the circle and scored on a wild pitch.

Garrett yanked a single down the left-field line, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Krista Thomason’s RBI single to right.

The Lady Doggs added seven more runs in the second.

McFarland led off with a triple to deep left center and scored on a wild pitch.

Johnson walked and stole second before scoring on Nugue’s triple down the left-field line.

Courtesy runner Hallie Evans scored when Sullivan beat out a single to the shortstop.

Sullivan stole second, advanced to third when Ferguson lived on a throwing error and scored on Sauls’ single.

Ferguson scored on Garrett’s double to deep right, but Sauls only got as far as third because she had to wait and see if Garrett’s hit would be caught.

McFarland drove Sauls home with a single and Garrett eventually scored on another error.

Nugue led off the third with her second walk of the game and came around when Sullivan’s hit got through the Cedar Shoals leftfielder for a two-base error.

Sullivan then scored the game-ending run on Ferguson’s single to right center.



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