The Spalding Lady Jags softball team played a near-perfect series Tuesday evening, bottling the Cairo Syrupmaids 9-1 and 11-0 in the opening round of the Class AAA state playoffs at Spalding.
Spalding junior Emily Vaughn threw a perfect game in the nightcap, striking out four Syrupmaids in the 11-0 shutout. It was her second perfect game of the year.
No. 10 Spalding (23-6-1) advances to the Sweet 16 and hosts the Thomson/Shaw winner Friday.
SHS scored four in the first inning, two in the third and five in the fourth in game two. It was called in the fifth.
Cairo (14-12) walked nine Lady Jags and committed several errors that led to runs. In fact, seven of the nine SHS starters scored in game two. Ansley Jinks and Vaughn doubled for Spalding.
Spalding 9, Cairo 1 (game 1): In game one, Spalding’s Cember Carmichael broke open a 1-1 game with a two-run double to right field followed by Vaughn's single to drive her home afterwards. The Lady Jags led 4-1 and never looked back, winning 9-1 in five innings.
Lee County sweeps Griffin: LEESBURG, Ga. — The Lee County Lady Trojans, the fifth-ranked team in AAAA, swept the Griffin Lady Bears softball team Tuesday, winning 14-0 and 6-0 to eliminate the Lady Bears from the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Griffin managed singles from Alex Smith and Markeda Crawford in game one and seven hits in game two, but the team couldn’t score any runs.
Smith and Cleopatra Randolph had two singles each in game two for Griffin. Lady Bears Angel Crawford, Sarah Hill and Sierra Barlow also singled in the 6-0, game-two loss.
Griffin’s season ends with a 17-9 record.