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Creekview, White County to meet again in Region 7-AAA softball title game
West Hall’s Haley Haynes stays down after sliding into second base on a close play as Creekview’s London Germ holds the ball during Thursday afternoon’s Region 7-AAA tournament at Lanier Point Park. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times
So far for the White County softball team, history is repeating itself.

Just like the 2008 Region 7-AAA Tournament, the Warriors had to fight through the loser’s bracket and just like last year’s tournament, they had to beat Lumpkin County and West Hall in the same night to get to the championship game.

For Warriors coach John Brown, however, that’s where he wants the similarities to stop.

With an 8-0, six-inning win against Lumpkin County and a 4-3 win against West Hall on Thursday in the Region 7-AAA Tournament at Lanier Point Park, White County earned a berth in the region title game where, just like last year, it will face Creekview.

Creekview, the defending region champions, made it to the title game with a 2-1 win against West Hall in which the Grizzlies scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice grounder by London Germ that scored LeeAnn Garrett.
The Grizzlies haven’t been beaten by a Region 7-AAA opponent in 34-straight games.

“It’s a pretty simple statement but (in order to win today) we’ve got to do the fundamental things,” Brown said. “We have to come out and pitch and hit and field the ball well.

“They’ve definitely got the best team, but my girls have played with enthusiasm and will (today), and we’ll see how it goes from there.”

Callie McDonald picked up both wins in the circle for White County, pitching a complete-game, shutout in the 8-0 win against Lumpkin County.

“Callie pitched the heck out of the ball,” Brown said. “She simply did an outstanding job for us tonight.”

At the plate, the Warriors were led by Lindsey Messmore who finished 3-for-6 with a run scored against West Hall and Aubrey Gstalder who was 5-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored against West Hall.

Morgan Jacobson hit a solo home run, her third of the season, in the Warriors win against Lumpkin County and Stephanie Satterfield hit a grand slam against the Indians and a solo home run against the Spartans.

Satterfield also struckout the Spartans final batter in the seventh inning with the score 4-3 and West Hall threatening with a runner on second base.

“She’s done it for us all year,” Brown said. “As a hitter, she’s a performer and she’s our mainstay in the circle.”

Another notable for the Warriors was Laura Sangster, who led the way in the Warriors’ win against West Hall finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

White County had to fend off a resilient West Hall team to make it to the title game.

Up 4-0 in the top of the sixth, the Spartans got back-to-back doubles from Morgan Strickland and Kristen Bryant — with Bryant’s scoring Strickland. Haley Haynes made the score 4-2 when she hustled to first base to beat out a White County throw and score Bryant.

Spartans’ pitcher Emily Hammond, who finished the night with 11 innings pitched, 11 strikeouts and having allowed only three runs, followed the run scoring surge by sitting the Grizzlies down in order.

West Hall was able to muster another run in the bottom of the seventh on a Bailey Soucie double that scored Madison Strickland before Satterfield was called in to get the final out.

“Our kids are resilient,” said Brown of the win against West Hall. “They just keep playing.”

For the night, the Spartans were led by Soucie who finished 2-for-7 with an RBI, and Haley Haynes (two RBIs) and Bryant (one RBI).

The Region 7-AAA championship game will be played at 2 p.m. today at Lanier Point Park. Should White County beat Creekview in Game 1, a second game will be played following the first game.
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