COLUMBUS -- For the second year in a row, GMC fell to Gordon Lee in the championship game by a 2-1 score Saturday afternoon in the GHSA Class A public school softball championship.
Gordon Lee, which won its fourth straight championship, had to come through the elimination bracket as the Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 1-0 in the winners bracket final Friday night.
In that game Friday, both teams only got one hit but the Bulldogs Kaylie Harding had the biggest, a solo home run for the victory. Gordon Lee then won three straight games Saturday for the title.
In the final, both teams used home runs to get on the board, and the difference was a single hit. For Gordon Lee, Tiffany Harding doubled to the fence, and Jordyn Hamill followed with a two-run home run to center for a 2-0 Trojans lead.
Kaylie Harding got on the board for the Bulldogs as she hit a solo home run to left-center to narrow the Trojans lead to 2-1 in the sixth. The Bulldogs got two baserunners on in the seventh, but the final two batters struck out to end the game.
We got outplayed (Saturday), GMC head coach Julie Brooker said. Gordon Lee played good defense, and they find a way to win. Dixie Raley pitched her heart out, but we couldnt get the hits when we needed them.
In Class AAAAA, Houston County lost a heartbreaker to the eventual champion, Ola, 2-1 to take third place. Both teams were only able to muster four hits in the contest, but Houston County got two in one inning to get on the scoreboard.
The Bears broke a scoreless tie in the fifth as Shaelin Brown singled and Kelly Warner singled her home. The Mustangs Jan Couch tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single, setting up the final inning.
After the Bears were unable to score in the top of the seventh, Helen McCurry for Ola scored the winning run with one out when leadoff batter Jordyn Doucettes sacrifice bunt was thrown away and McCurry came all the way around for the winning run.
FPD played two games in the losers bracket and finished 1-1 to take third place medals in the Class A private school competition.
FPD defeated Savannah Christian 5-3 before losing 1-0 game to Prince Avenue Christian.
The Vikings broke a tie in the fifth against Savannah Christian with two runs in the sixth with Maggie Renfroe and Courtney Lawrence getting RBI singles. The Vikings were aided by a two-base error.
The game between the Vikings and the Wolverines was scoreless through six innings before Prince Avenue Christian finally pushed an unearned run across in the seventh.
I cannot say how much our girls fought to keep going in this tournament, and Carli Sutton carried us with her pitching, FPD head coach Jim Turner said. The last 21 innings she threw, there was not a single earned run against her, and she had two shutouts Friday to keep us going.
Hawkinsville also made it to the final day of the tournament and played Seminole County in the first game. But the Red Devils dropped a 4-3 decision and finished fourth in the Class A public school competition.