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Doggs trip up in road game loss

POSTED: September 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

The Lady Bulldoggs of Winder-Barrow High School dropped a tough non-region loss at Jefferson High School Tuesday night when a late rally came up short in the 9-6 defeat.

“We came out and we just didn’t hit the ball very well,” Winder-Barrow varsity softball head coach Monty McClure said Tuesday evening. “We just looked a little rusty and made three or four errors.”

Jefferson held an 8-0 lead entering the fifth inning of the game, but Winder-Barrow forced some offense of their own to make the score 8-5. 

“We made it close at the end,” McClure acknowledged. 

The Lady Doggs (8-4, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAA) would add their final run in the top of the seventh to make it 9-6 after Jefferson extended their lead in the sixth, but it was obviously not enough to get Winder-Barrow back into the winner’s column. 

“It was good experience for our girls to play some girls who haven’t played in a few games. We got a lot of girls experience and we’re getting ready for Thursday,” McClure said.

At this point in the season, any non-region game has to be considered vital for how it prepares a team for region play. In Winder-Barrow’s case, the Tuesday loss at Jefferson provided them an opportunity to get back into playing form after a long weekend and a long time away from the softball field.

“That’s our goal, just as it is Jefferson’s. They’re trying to win their region games, as many of them as they can, so everything we do is geared towards the region schedule,” McClure noted. “Any chance we get to fix up the lineup and to get some game experience for everybody, that’s important. You never know when somebody is going to go down and they could be called on to play in a region game.”

While McClure was frustrated at the way Jefferson was able to jump on top of Winder-Barrow early, he also admitted his pride that the Lady Doggs were able to respond and score late against a quality opponent. 

Although the game went in Jefferson’s favor, McClure indicated a few individual performances from Tuesday. Cathleen Nugue had one homerun for Winder-Barrow and she had another deep ball caught at the fence. She added a base hit up the middle, as well.

Carlee Thurmond also had two RBIs late and MacKenzy McFarland had a multi-hit game. 

Winder-Barrow’s next region game is Thursday when they will host rival Apalachee in a potentially vital contest. The Lady Doggs and the Lady Wildcats (8-6, 2-1 Region 8-AAAAA) always seem to finish close to each other in the region standings, so getting a potential tie-breaking win is at the top of Winder-Barrow’s list right now. 

The 2-1 Lady Wildcats are one spot back of Winder-Barrow in the region right now, as the Lady Doggs sit atop the standings with Loganville (8-3, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAA) as the only other team with an unblemished region record. Apalachee is tied with Heritage, but the Lady Wildcats hold the tiebreaker after a 4-0 win over the defending region champs last week. 

Winder-Barrow will see Loganville next Tuesday on Sep. 9 in a game that could go a long way towards determining the top of the region standings.

The Lady Bulldoggs earned a 6-0 win over Apalachee earlier this season, but it was in a designated non-region exhibition game which only served as a sort of emotional victory in the rivalry. To settle the region record, Winder-Barrow needs to get a win Thursday.

“Looking at the teams I think are in contention, Apalachee and Winder are both there. Any time where you can have it come down to a tie and you have the head-to-head, that means everything,” McClure stated. “We’re going to take it as we would all region games. Any time you can beat a team that you might be in contention with as far as first, second, third, fourth or fifth…you’ve got to win those games.”


 

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