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Crisp County softball team adds three wins in Watermelon Invitational

CORDELE- The Crisp County High School softball team picked up three wins over the weekend in the Watermelon Invitational tournament at the Crisp County Rec Department Ball Complex. The Lady Cougars came away with two wins on Friday, and one win on Saturday before having the final game of the tournament called early because of weather.

Lady Cougars 8, Morgan County 6

Crisp played Morgan County on Friday afternoon for their first game of the tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with two runs in the first inning to take the early lead in the contest. Crisp County then came back to take the lead after a five run bottom of the second.

Rylee Little reached base with two outs and Shelbi Cobb followed up with a base hit to right center to put runners at first and third for the Lady Cougars. Kirin Webb subsequently sent Little home with an RBI single for the first Crisp County run of the game. Ainslee Forsythe then singled to center to load up the bases, and Riley Blampied put the Lady Cougars ahead in the contest with a grand slam to center field. Crisp led 5-2 after two innings of play.

The Lady Cougars were able to add on a couple of big insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go ahead 7-2. Webb walked in the inning and later scored a run on a wild pitch for the sixth run, and Forsythe scored the next run when a pitch hit Jo Brady while the bases were loaded.

Morgan County picked up four runs in the top of the fifth inning on two walks and three extra base hits, but the Lady Cougars got out of the jam with their lead intact at 7-6.

Crisp County added one final run in the bottom of the fifth after Macy West led off the inning with a hit, stole second and then came around to score on an error. The game ended after the fifth inning due to time constraints because the Lady Cougars had another game to play on Friday that was about to start. Crisp finished with the win in game one by a final score of 8-6.

Lady Cougars 6, Telfair County 2

Crisp played against Telfair County Friday night for their second game of the Watermelon tournament.

The Lady Cougars grabbed the lead early on in the game after Webb reached base on an error to lead off the first inning and Blampied knocked her in with an RBI double for a 1-0 lead.

Telfair had runners at first and third in the bottom half as they looked to tie the score up, but Rilee Duckworth picked up a strikeout to get Crisp out of the first inning with the lead.

Brady and Olivia Taylor started off the top of the second with back-to-back walks and Macy West then moved both of the runners up into scoring position with a groundout. Peyton Bozeman followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Brady, which put Crisp in front 2-0 going into the bottom half of the frame.

Duckworth then pitched a three up, three down bottom half of the second inning and the Lady Cougars added to their lead shortly after.

Forsythe and Blampied hit back-to-back one out singles in the inning, and Brady followed with a two-out three-run home run to deep left field. Telfair County picked up their first run of the game in the bottom of the third, but the Lady Cougars led 5-1 after three innings played.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Crisp County scored their final run in the top of the sixth. Megan Bloodworth led off the sixth with a base hit to right field and then stole second with one out. Taylor subsequently sent Bloodworth in to score with an RBI single to make the score 6-1.

Telfair scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lady Cougars finished on top by the 6-2 score line.

Duckworth got the win in the circle after pitching six innings while allowing two runs and striking out five batters.

Lady Cougars 10, Crawford County 1

Crisp County played Crawford County in a Saturday morning contest on day two of the Watermelon Invitational.

Webb reached base to lead off the game in the top of the first after being hit by a pitch. Forsythe next reached base on a bunt single and Riley Blampied subsequently hit a three-run home run to deep left. Bloodworth and Taylor were then both on base with one out in the inning after drawing walks, and West reached on a hit by pitch to load the bases shortly after. Cobb picked up an RBI walk with two outs, and Webb added an RBI single to make the score 5-0 in favor of Crisp entering the bottom of the first.

Crawford County got a run back in the second inning, but the Lady Cougars pulled away in the third and fourth frames.

Cobb reached base on a single with one out in the top of the third and then came around to score on an RBI hit from Forsythe, who scored on a passed ball soon after. Blampied came up next and hit her second home run of the game to put Crisp ahead 8-1 after the top of the third.

The final two runs of the game came in the top of the fourth on RBI hits from West and Webb. The game ended after the fifth inning with the Lady Cougars winning 10-1.

Crisp County pitcher, Peyton Adkins got the win in the contest after pitching five innings and giving up just one run on three hits and two walks.

The Lady Cougars were scheduled to close out the tournament against Bacon County on Saturday afternoon, but a storm came through while the teams were tied at 0-0 in the top of the second innings so the game was called early.

The Lady Cougars are now 6-1 on the season with the only loss coming last week on the road in extra innings against an undefeated Coffee County squad. The Lady Cougars have three games scheduled for this week, today (August 20) on the road against Fitzgerald High School at 5:45 p.m., tomorrow at Tift County at 5:45, and Thursday’s big region opener against Worth County High School at 6.