After convincing back-to-back wins over Crawford County and East Laurens, the GMC Prep Lady Dogs capped off a perfect week Thursday with a 9-1 victory over visiting Brentwood.
Despite a scoreless first two innings, the Lady Dogs pulled away in the third and fourth with five runs to just one for the opposing team. The non-region matchup ended in the sixth inning due to the mercy rule.
The win improved the Lady Dogs to 5-5 on the season. After a slow start to the year, the week’s three-game sweep gave second-year head coach Jennifer Deason a lot to be happy about.
“We got off to a bumpy start, but we took a look at ourselves in the mirror and changed our attitudes a little bit,” Deason told The Union-Recorder after Thursday’s win. “I feel like we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve got things going where they need to be.”
The first two innings marked a slow start at the plate for both teams. The Lady Dogs finally found their groove in the third inning, sparked by a big triple for GMC senior Makenna Talcott. Talcott scored a few moments later via a single off the bat of classmate Jordan Spear. The inning was capped off by two more base hits from seniors — a double for MK Lawrence and a single for Bella Herring.
Although the third inning saw the Lady Dogs gain some momentum, the fourth inning truly set the tone for an eventual blowout.
The Lady Dogs scored three runs off of four base hits and a barrage of stolen bases. GMC sophomore Riley Barsby kicked things off with a double, scoring off an ensuing double by fellow sophomore Josie Deason. After two more base hits and two thieveries of home plate, the Lady Dogs were clearly having their way with the Brentwood defense.
Brentwood had no answer for the pitching and fielding of GMC Prep as the Lady Dogs defense forced two shutout innings to end the night, all the while piling up four more runs offensively. A double for freshman Coco Rudolph and an RBI hit for Barsby put an end to a dominant performance.
“Once we started being aggressive in the box, we had the confidence that we could get going on their pitches,” Deason said. “After that, it just kind of trickled back to the next person.”
Herring went 3-for-3 at the plate and was also “outstanding” inside the pitchers’ circle per the GMC Prep head coach.
The Lady Dogs will look to keep their confidence rolling in their upcoming region contests. They are set to travel to Glascock County Tuesday before hosting Wilkinson County on Couch Field Thursday.
Lady Trojans dominate, too
John Milledge Academy softball also enjoyed a lopsided victory Thursday. The Lady Trojans traveled to Bethlehem Christian and left with a 13-1 region victory thanks to big second and third innings.
JMA softball is set to host region opponent Briarwood Academy Tuesday with first pitch set for 4 p.m.