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North Hall swept by Worth County in second round of softball state tournament
Lady Trojans lost 10-2 and 6-2 in Sylvester
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SYLVESTER — Kara Lewis waited on the right pitch, then put a good swing on an outside delivery.

Her contact was a two-run blast to give Worth County a commanding three-run lead in Game 2 of the Class AAA best-of-three, second-round softball playoff series against North Hall.

It helped the Lady Rams to a 10-2 victory and a sweep, sending Worth County back to the state tournament in Columbus for the second straight season. The Game 2 victory followed a 6-2 win in the first game.

The double-elimination tournament featuring the final eight teams will begin Oct. 27 at the South Commons Complex.

Worth County used the long ball to send North Hall packing, then Taylor Layfield’s dominating pitching helped spark the Lady Rams. They combined for four homers in the series, including a pair of solo shots in the first game from Layfield who went 4 for 4.

The junior finished 6 for 7 at the plate.

But Lewis, batting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup, clearly put the Lady Rams in position for a sweep with her two-run shot in Game 2.

“I was just think base hit,” Lewis said. “We had a runner on, but hitting a homer made it nicer.”

The Lady Rams have never made consecutive trips to the state tournament. That changed Wednesday night.

“Our girls feel like they’re ready,” said Worth County head coach Kaleb Hathcock. “They are not going to be intimidated and this time, we feel like we belong.”

North Hall (13-10) cut Worth County’s 3-0 lead in the second game by pushing home a run in the second inning on an RBI bunt single from Carson Negley. But that was as close as the Lady Trojans could get.

The Lady Rams added four more in the top of the fifth when McKenzie Newell’s single scored a pair of runs, then Caroline Newton’s RBI double added another run to make it 6-1. A wild pitch later in the inning made it 7-1.

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