With the victory, the Lady Eagles placed fifth of 16 teams at the event and improved to 17-4 on the season. Prior to the matchup with Dunwoody, South Cobb defeated Sprayberry 6-3 in the gold bracket semifinals to set the team record for wins in a season at 16.
The record-setting moment wasn’t lost on South Cobb coach Mark Collins.
“I think the program, over the last two to three years, has changed incredibly,” he said. “We’re going to get to where we expect to win, and that’s a process that takes time. But it feels good to see these girls succeed and set and extend this record. They’re a tough bunch of girls.”
South Cobb started strong as Harris doubled in the top of the first to knock in two of her RBIs and give the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Dunwoody’s Catriona Geddess responded with a RBI groundout in the bottom of the frame to trim the deficit to 3-1, but the Lady Eagles extended the advantage to 4-1 in the third when Stephanie Cantrell, who pinch-ran for Becky Collins, scored on an error.
Dunwoody answered with a productive fourth inning which saw it score three runs off three hits and three South Cobb errors to knot the contest at 4-all.
The damage could have been much worse, however, but Lady Eagles starter Brittany Rhodes pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the frame when third baseman Jaynisha White made a diving catch on a pop foul, and Ariel Lebouf snagged a line drive at first base to end the threat.
South Cobb came right back with two runs in the fifth. Consecutive singles from White and Collins, and a sacrifice bunt from Aliyah Lebouf put runners in scoring position. Harris’ single plated White, and Desirae Rhodes’ groundout scored Collins for a 6-4 margin.
Two Dunwoody errors in the sixth kept the inning alive for the Lady Eagles, who scored two more runs behind Keajuana Crymes’ RBI groundout, which plated Breanna Hubbert, and White’s double, which scored Asia Moore for an 8-4 advantage.
Brittany Rhodes retired the side in the sixth and left a runner on first in the seventh to seal the victory. She completed the game allowing four unearned runs on three hits and struck out three to improve to 13-2 on the season.
Moore batted 2-for-4 and scored twice for South Cobb, which had 12 hits but also committed seven errors. White was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Collins batted 2-for-4 and scored a run.
“The kids are really buying into hitting to the opposite side, and that’s been a big key for us,” Mark Collins said. “The freshmen are delivering with two strikes, and (Brittany) Rhodes continues to give us a great effort every time she’s out there.”
North Paulding 4, North Cobb 2: The Lady Warriors finished fourth overall after dropping a 4-2 decision in the consolation game of the platinum bracket.
Bryanna Vazquez singled for North Cobb to start the top of the first and scored on Rachel Bartoe’s sacrifice fly to put the Lady Warriors in front 1-0.
However, North Paulding scored all four of its runs in the bottom half of the inning behind a two-run triple from Nikki Vaughn and a two-run, two-out home run from Elizabeth Shively.
Katlyn Tinsley replaced starter Olivia Mould in the first and kept North Paulding at bay for the remainder of the game, but the damage had already been done.
Tinsley’s counterpart, Camden Flynt, got help defensively as North Cobb produced 11 hits in the contest, but it could only get two runs across the board.
North Cobb tried to rally in the seventh behind consecutive hits from Bartoe, Jordan Lewis and Ericka Clifford. Bartoe doubled and scored on Lewis’ single to trim the margin to 4-2. Clifford singled to leave runners at the corners, but Flynt induced a strikeout and a pop foul to end the game.
Casey Page, Bartoe, Clifford and Meagan Anderson each had two hits to lead North Cobb.
Tinsley gave up three hits and didn’t allow a run over 5 1/3 innings of relief.