By Russ Ragan
It was another busy week for the Dodge County High School (DCHS) Lady Indians as they had three more region games. The Lady Indians stepped out of region play for a real pitcher’s battle against AAAAA Veterans our of Warner Robins. The non-region battle opened the week for the girls. The game was scoreless until the eighth inning as Veterans would finally push a run across for a one to zero win. Tatnall County came to Eastman for a region match-up on Thursday. Dodge scored six runs in the second to coast to a 12 to one win. Dodge traveled to Savannah on Saturday for a pair of games. Beach was the first game. Dodge scored six in the first and coasted to a 18 to zero win. Dodge beat Jenkins in the second game, seven to zero.
The Dodge-Veterans matchup was a pitcher’s battle from the word go. The teams combined for only four hits through the regulation seven innings. Margaret Simmons had a leadoff double to account for Dodge’s only hit of the day. Haley Holloway pitched seven shutout innings with no walks. Veterans would score the only run in the eighth as they scored in the intentional tiebreaker. That is when you put a runner at second base with nobody out and start the inning from there. The play at the plate was real close, but Dodge didn’t get the call and the final was one to zero.
Thursday Tatnall County came to Eastman to continue region play. The game was scoreless until the Dodge second. A double from Simmons to deep center scored Annie Moore who singled for a one to zero Dodge lead. Kaylee Peterson singled home Simmons for a two to zero Dodge lead. Back to back runs batted in (RBI) doubles from Lizzie Massingill and Holloway gave Dodge a four to zero lead. Nikki Graham drove in the final run in the inning and Dodge grabbed a six to zero lead.
Dodge continued to attack in the third as Allie Varnadoe doubled home Simmons for a seven to zero lead. Massingill singled home Varnadoe for a eight to zero lead after three. Tatnall scored their only run off Holloway in the fourth. Dodge would keep the attack going in the bottom of the inning. Dodge opened the inning with singles from Moore, Simmons and Lila Coleman. Coleman’s hit drove in Moore for a nine to one game. Varnadoe hit a “gapper” for an inside the park homer for a 12 to one Dodge lead and that would be the final. Holloway would get the win for Dodge with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Dodge County Lady Indians Annie Moore is pictured above connecting with the ball to hit a single against Tatnall County on Thursday, August 28. (Photo by Claudia Lowery Graham)
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