Now that Griffin (2-7) got a big non-region victory, it has to set its sights back in the tough Region 3-AAAA, starting today with a 5 p.m. home game against the No. 10 state-ranked Ola Lady Mustangs. The Lady Bears (1-7 in the region) will be looking for a measure of revenge against Ola, which beat Griffin 9-0 on Aug. 24. Griffin needs to play sound fundamental softball to defeat the charging Lady Mustangs, who are on a four-game winning streak. During the streak, Ola beat a Class AAAAA team (Jenkins), a AA team (East Jackson), an A team (George Walton Academy) and it just recorded a 1-0 victory Tuesday over No. 4 state-ranked Jones County, the defending AAAA champs.
After facing Ola today, the Lady Bears will travel to Kennesaw, Ga. this weekend to participate in the 13th annual Warrior Classic at North Cobb High. Griffin will face North Paulding High Friday at 6:15 p.m. followed by a contest against Walton High at 7:45 p.m. The Lady Bears will play one more game Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Spalding, coming off a 17-2 thrashing of Region 4-AAA foe Drew High Tuesday at home, now faces a tough task in the region as the team travels to play the Jackson Lady Red Devils today at 5 p.m. Jackson (7-11 overall, 4-0 region), the defending region champs, is in first place along with Locust Grove.
“Jackson is a very good team, They’ve lost a lot of games so far, but that’s because their No. 1 pitcher was hurt earlier,” said Spalding head coach Rusty Hudson. “She’s back now and that will make them tough to beat. We have to swing the bats well, play good defense and make plays in order to win.”
That’s exactly what Spalding (7-8, 3-2) did against winless Drew Tuesday, scoring eight runs in the first inning, two in the second and seven in the third. Every Lady Jags starter scored two runs each, with Lora Rape touching home plate three times. Olivia West was the hitting star for Spalding against Drew, going 2-for-3 with a triple.