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Lady Trojans trounce East Hall

Rogers records career-high 13 strikeouts

POSTED: August 25, 2008 5:00 a.m.
BY TOM REED/The Times

Chassie Miller, left, of East Hall, beats the throw to North Hall's Anna Bower during Thursday's game at East Hall Park.

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Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans’ pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.

With the shutout victory, North Hall has yet to allow a run this season.

Rogers started her complete-game shutout performance right where she finished, striking out the first and final batter against the Lady Vikings. She allowed just four East Hall hitters to reach base.

The Lady Trojans’ (2-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) pitcher finished the game throwing 62 percent of her 104 pitches for strikes. Rogers retired the Lady Vikings in order in the first inning, and recorded three consecutive strikeouts in the second inning, following a Chassie Miller single for East Hall.

She struck out the side again in the fifth inning.

Rogers got out of a jam with a runner at third with only one out in the third inning by getting the final two batters out.

"Megan threw the ball really well tonight," North Hall coach Roger Fannon said. "She hit her spots all night."

Rogers also managed to help North Hall at the plate with a pair of hits, including an RBI double in the sixth inning. The Lady Trojans finished the night with nine hits and nine different hitters reached base.

Chelsea Clever led the Lady Trojans at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. The Lady Trojans’ outfielder had an RBI double to the right field corner that scored Danielle Newbern and ignited a four-run sixth inning to break the game open.

Mallory Rich reached base in all three at bats and scored three times. She scored in the sixth inning when Brittany Smith reached base on an infield error, and scored again in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Clever.

Kelsey Gibbs added an RBI single in the third inning that scored lead off hitter Hannah Stevens. Madison Savage added a single as a pinch hitter for the Lady Trojans.

"I’m proud of how our team is playing," Fannon said. "We have a young team but we’re starting to catch on."

East Hall’s (2-6, 0-2) Holly Strickland had the only other hit for the team.

North Hall faces Banks County at 10 a.m. Saturday at Commerce. East Hall faces Banks County at 5 p.m. Monday.



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