After his team managed only seven hits in the first two games of the Little League 11-12-year-old Southeastern Softball Regional, Georgia head coach Dewayne Phillips did some tinkering with the lineup Saturday. The most notable change was moving No. 9 hitter Jordan Moss to the No. 3 spot in the order.
Moss made Phillips’ move look great by sparking the offense with two hits and two RBI, leading Georgia to a 6-1 win over West Virginia.
FOUR WHO MATTERED
Moss: With Georgia trailing, Moss came up with the biggest hit of the tournament for her team, when she ripped a triple over the head of West Virginia’s center fielder. The triple scored two runs to give Georgia the lead, and after that Georgia pounded out six more hits and scored four more runs.
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Dixiana Sims: The 11-year-old got her first start on the mound in the tournament, and she made it through with flying colors. Sims gave up two hits and a run in the first inning but dominated after that, giving up only one hit the rest of the game. She also knocked in a run in the fourth inning.
Henderson Hurdle: Georgia’s shortstop remained one of her team’s most consistent hitters, coming up with two more hits, giving her five hits in the three games.
Emma Livingston: Georgia’s super substitute did her thing again with two hits and excellent defensive play in center field.
Contact wins games: Georgia struck out nine times in the first game and five more times Friday, but it struck out only three times against West Virginia. All three of the strikeouts were in the final inning.
Virginia and South Carolina played the late game to see who will advance to play Georgia.
THEY SAID IT
Moss on her move to the third spot: “I was excited to move up in the order, but I don’t really care where I hit. I have faith in this team, and I know everyone is capable of hitting the ball.”
Moss on her triple: “I wasn’t really sure how good I hit it, but when I got to first, the coach was telling me to keep running. I was just glad I was able to come up with a big hit.”
Sims on giving up the early run: “I wasn’t nervous in the first inning, but they hit some good pitches and scored a run, so give credit to them. After we got a few runs, I felt really good about our chances.”
Sims on the team’s attitude heading into the must win game: “We knew we had to win, and we knew we were not ready to be out of this tournament”
Phillips on the importance of Moss’ triple: “It was huge for us, and it seemed to really get us going. We were looking for someone to come up with a big hit, and Jordan has been swinging the bat well all year. I really can’t explain how big it was to get the lead.”
Georgia plays at 3:30 on Sunday, and if it wins that game, it will play again at 6:30 p.m.