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Softball kicks off with Lanier Point Invitational
Habersham Central wins twice in opening day
East Hall’s Kayleigh Lunsford catches a ball in the outfield during a game against White County High School Friday as part of the Lanier Point Invitational high school softball tournament at Lanier Point Park. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Lanier Point Invitational
Friday’s scores

Dawson County 4, West Hall 3
West Hall 5, East Hall 2
Rabun County 7, Gainesville 2
Habersham Central 5, Wesleyan 0
Union County 1, Holy Innocents 0
White County 3, East Hall 1
Fannin County 10, Chestatee 5
Gilmer 4, North Hall 0
Hebron Christian 1, Holy Innocents 0
Habersham Central 10, North Hall 3
Chestatee 5, Rabun County 4

Given the circumstances of the game, White County’s Stephanie Satterfield couldn’t have expected such a good pitch.

With runners on the corners and no score, Satterfield, the Warriors’ senior pitcher, got a pitch right over the plate and sent it flying over the center field fence for a three-run home run against East Hall on Friday at the Lanier Point Softball Complex.

In White County’s (1-0) opening game of the two-day Lanier Point Invitational, it was the only run support the Warriors would need en route to a 3-1 victory. Satterfield also threw a complete game and allowed an earned run with four hits allowed.

“That’s the kind of play that I expect out of Stephanie since she’s been clutch her entire career,” White County coach John Brown said. “She had a good day pitching.”

With the win, White County continues play today against Dawson County at 8 a.m., followed by a game against West Hall at 9:30 a.m.

In the third inning, Brittany Cooper got on base with a one-out walk, followed by a double from lead off hitter Sarabeth Cummins for the Lady Warriors.

East Hall scored in the fifth inning on an RBI single from leadoff hitter Brittany Gee (3-for-3) that scored Holly Strickland.

The victory for White County was some affirmation for Brown that his program can play with so many adjustments in the infield as a result of shortstop Heather Herdliska’s current absence with a broken thumb.

East Hall faces Dawson County at 11 a.m. today.

Pool play rounds of the tournament conclude this morning in the four separate divisions. Bracket play starts at 12:30 p.m. with the championship game at 8 p.m.

HABERSHAM CENTRAL 10, NORTH HALL 3: Kenzie Fleming had two extra-base hits and scored a pair of runs for Habersham Central (2-0).

Amberly Anderson (2-for-3) had a double, Kiley Stephens scored two runs, and Lydia Gerrin added a pair of hits for the Lady Raiders. Jordin Ellingson was 3-for-3 with a run scored for Habersham Central.

Melissa Adams was 3-for-3 for the Lady Trojans.

WEST HALL 5, EAST HALL 2: With a 5-2 lead and bases loaded for East Hall in the bottom of the final inning, Miranda Miller pitched out of the jam to secure the win for West Hall.

East Hall’s Brittany Gee (2-for-3) loaded the base for the Lady Vikings with a single and finished the day with five hits.

However, Miller got of the bases loaded situation and no outs with a force out at the plate, runner’s interference out on a ground ball, and a strike out of the final hitter.

Madison Strickland was 2-for-3 for West Hall with a run scored. Marissa Bryner added a doubled for the Lady Spartans (1-1).

DAWSON COUNTY 4, WEST HALL 3: Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, Gracie Hovan connected on a triple and Jenna Abbott added a game-winning single for the Lady Tigers (2-0).

Madison Strickland and Miranda Miller each had two hits for West Hall (1-1).

HABERSHAM CENTRAL 5, WESLEYAN 0: Kelsie Gray (3-for-4) and Stephens each drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Raiders.

Ellingson and Gerrin each added two hits for Habersham Central.

Kim Garrett had a pair of hits and two runs for the Lady Bobcats.

Melissa Adams was North Hall’s lone hitter with two hits.

Gilmer faces Habersham Central at 9:30 a.m. today, and North Hall faces Wesleyan at 11 a.m.

RABUN COUNTY 7, GAINESVILLE 2: Melissa Latimer and Katie Woods each came through with a pair of hits for the Lady Red Elephants. Gainesville faces Fannin County at 8 a.m. today.

Rabun County continues play against Fannin County at 9:30 a.m.

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