JEFFERSON — In a crucial Region 8-4A battle for both teams, Jefferson climbed into fourth place with a 2-0 win over East Hall on Tuesday.
The Lady Dragons (6-4, 2-2 Region 8-4A) scored both runs in the second on a two-run home run by Maleia Truelove.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Ravyn Saxon earned the win for Jefferson pitching three scoreless innings scattering four hits. Calli Hardison took the loss for East Hall (7-5, 2-3 Region 8-4A) giving up both runs on five hits in five innings.
The Lady Vikings' best chances came in the third and fourth innings. They got a pair of runners on in each frame but could not scratch in any runs.
Gracie Ausborn and Brooke Hewell each had two hits for the Lady Vikings.
WINDER-BARROW 2 (5 inn)
Buford (9-1-1, 3-1 Region 8-6A) pounded out 11 hits in five innings, led by senior Olivia Haag, who had two hits, including her second home run of the season, and two RBI.
Winder-Barrow would even up the score in their half of the 3rd inning, but could not keep up with the Wolves scoring 8 unanswered runs before the game was called. Junior Olivia Duncan was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 2 RBI as well.
It was closeearly as Buford took the lead in the second on Haag's blast in the second but Winder-Barrow scored twice in the third to tie the game. It was all Lady Wolves from there.
Buford scored twice in the bottom of the third, four in the fourth, and invoked the mercy rule with two in the fifth.
Sophomore Emma Grace Williams (4-0) got the win in the circle scattering five hits and striking out three.
Sophomore Adriana Martinez had a hit and two RBI and sophomore Mackenzie Pickens had one hit and one RBI for Buford.
The Lady Wolves will play host to Wesleyan on Wedneday.
HABERSHAM CENTRAL 10,
SHILOH 0 (5inn)
Hailey Wade tossed a one-hit shutout to lead the Lady Raiders to a big Region 8-6A win on Tuesday.
With the win the Lady Raiders (8-5, 3-2 Region 8-6A) remained in thrid place in the standings.
Habersham Central scored three runs each in the first, second, and third innings to grab and early lead and crusied from there.
Wade also had a big two-run single in the first. Bailey Barfield and Emma Forester also had RBI hits for the Lady Raiders.
Wade struck out nine and walking none.
The Lady Raiders next will play host to fourth-place Winder-Barrow on Thursday in another huge region contest.
NORTH HALL 7,
LUMPKING COUNTY 3
The Lady Trojans snapped a three game losing streak and inched back into the playoff battle with a huge road win on Tuesday.
Lumpkin County (4-8, 3-5 Region 7-3A) led 2-0 early with single runs in the first and third. But the Lady Trojans (4-8, 2-5 Region 7-3A) plated four in the fourth to grab the lead for good on RBI singles from Kendal Clackum and Caroline Cape and taking advantage of two Lumpkin County errors that scored run.
North Hall added two more runs in the fifth on a RBI double from Bre Stowers and an RBI groundout from Anna Reeves.
Mac Taylor got the win for North Hall in the circle allowing three runs on four hits in six innings.
North Hall is back at region play at home against first place East Forsyth on Wednesday. Lumpkin County will play host to West Hall on Thursday in region action.
FLOWERY BRANCH 10,
CEDAR SHOALS 0 (5 inn)
The Lady Falcons (8-4, 4-3 Region 8-4A) held onto third place in the region with a five-inning win over the winless Lady Jaguarrs.
Alyssa Wagner tossed a one-hitter and struck out eight in a complete-game effort.
Flowery Branch started fast scoring three runs in the first and added five more in the second. The Lady Falcons pushed the lead to 10-0 in the third.
Savanna Rutledge led a 12-hit attack with three hits and two RBI for Flowery Branch. Abby Gray had two hits and three RBI and Casey Beaver had two hits and one RBI for the Lady Falcons.