The Union Recorder

August 29, 2013

Lady Bulldogs on 5-game win streak

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Finding their stride early in the season, the Georgia Military Prep School softball team has gone on a tear winning five games in a row, including their most recent contest against defending Georgia High School Association Class-A Private School State Champions Mt. Pisgah at home on Tuesday, 3-0.

Macy Watkins earned the win on Tuesday, giving up two hits and earning 10 strikeouts, while Whitley Dunn and Taylor Long added an RBI each in the first inning.

Dixie Raley and Long had doubles late in the contest to give the Lady Bulldogs an edge and, Karlie Harding added multiple hits with a lead-off triple in the fifth inning.

“It was a rewarding win on a lot of levels. Mt. Pisgah beat out GMC in the playoffs back in 2011,” Julie Brooker, head coach, said. “The girls were up and ready to play. Beating a team with the reputation of the defending state champs is a confidence builder.”

The Lady Bulldogs also earned four big wins against stout competition last week in the Houston County Brawl in the Fall Tournament.

GMC Prep opened up the tournament with Northside Warner Robins Aug. 21, snagging a 9-1 victory.

Watkins pitched the win, allowing only one run and four hits, with four strikeouts in the contest, while also going 3-3 at the plate with four RBI and a three-run home run to help the team.

The Lady Bulldogs received great play from the senior catcher, Jessica Hayles, who gave GMC Prep two important outs, picking runners off on third in the second and fourth innings.

Also adding to the offensive production of the Lady Bulldogs, Sutton Long, Whitley Dunn and Taylor Long all added two hits each.

On Friday, GMC Prep’s ladies took on Warner Robins and came away with a 16-0 win in four innings, with seven runs scored in the second inning off of three doubles in a row from Lauren Pearson, Karlie Harding and Hayles.

Watkins recorded yet another win with 10 strikeouts and only giving up two hits.

GMC Prep won a double-header on Saturday, with the first coming against Effingham County, 10-2, and the second against Veterans with a score of 4-3.

Raley and Watkins shared pitching duties against Effingham to combine for 11 strikeouts and three hits, while Keely Murner, Kaylie Harding, Watkins and Dunn all contributed offensively with multiple hits each.

Against Veterans, Raley pitched a no-hitter in five innings for the Lady Bulldogs to help give the team the win.

GMC Prep scored their four runs off of eight hits in the contest, with key RBI coming from Pearson and Dunn in the first and fifth innings.

“I thought the tournament was exactly what we needed. It was another opportunity to gel and get in a rhythm,” Brooker said. “I’m very proud of the chemistry. The girls were enjoying themselves and having fun; they really did a great job.”

Brooker is proud of the job the Lady Bulldogs did in the tournament and on Tuesday night, especially from her pitching staff.

“I’m just really, really proud of the job of Macy Watkins and Jessica Hayles, our junior pitcher and senior catcher. They’re working really well together right now,” she said. “Dixie Raley is pitching really well as well, with a no-hitter against Veterans.”

Improving to 6-1 on the season, GMC Prep prepares to take on rival Jones County at home today at Couch Field with the Junior Varsity kicking things off at 4:15 p.m. and the varsity following at 5:55 p.m.