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CCHS Lady Cougars sweep Windsor Forest in first round of state

CORDELE— Crisp County High School’s softball team swept the Windsor Forest Lady Knights in a best-of-three series on Wednesday evening in Cordele to advance to round two of the GHSA class AAA state playoffs. The Lady Cougars easily defeated the visitors in both contests of the series by final scores of 16-0 (game one) and 18-0 (game two).

Game one: Lady Cougars 16, Windsor Forest 0 

Crisp scored all 16 of their runs from game one during the bottom of the first frame. The Lady Cougars posted those 16 runs by way of five walks, five batters hit by pitch, and base hits from Peyton Bozeman, Ainslee Forsythe, Kirin Webb, Sara Ruth Raines, Macy West, and Peyton Adkins. Every starter in the CCHS batting lineup scored at least one run in game one.

CCHS freshman pitcher Olivia Bridges got the victory in game one, as she threw three perfect innings with seven strikeouts in the run-rule shortened playoff win.

Final offensive stats for the Lady Cougar batting lineup in game one: Webb- one hit, one walk, three RBIs, and two runs scored; Forsythe- one double, one walk, and two runs; Jo Brady- one walk and one HBP; Raines- RBI single and one run; West- RBI single, one HBP, and two runs; Olivia Taylor- two HBPs, one RBI, and two runs; Bozeman- two hits, three RBIs, and two runs; Rylee Little- one walk and one run; Adkins- one hit, one walk, two RBIs, and one run; Tess Stripling and Janiah White- one HBP apiece; Byah Fields- one hit.

Game two: Lady Cougars 18, Windsor Forest 0 

Adkins pitched a three-inning complete game shutout for the Lady Cougars in game two to get the win.

CCHS again used several free base runners to score their total of 18 runs in the second contest to easily complete the sweep against the visitors.

Crisp will be hosting Lumpkin County (18-12) in the second round of the state playoffs next week.

Games one and two of the series will be played as a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon starting at 4 p.m., with game three to be played on Thursday at 5 if necessary.

The Lumpkin County Indians defeated the Westminster Wildcats (11-15) two games to one in their first round series in the AAA state playoffs.