Laree Van Orden takes a big swing at a pitch during the game against Social Circle. Photo by Nick Nunn

Laree Van Orden takes a big swing at a pitch during the game against Social Circle. Photo by Nick Nunn

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County High School varsity Lady Dogs beat opponent Locust Grove 5-2 during Saturday’s Lady Dog Invitational Medal Games before losing to Social Circle 5-11.

Earlier in the week, the Dogs beat region opponents Jackson County and Elbert County 7-6 and 9-0, respectively. The win over Jackson County went 10 innings. The game was tied at 6-6 until the bottom of the 10th, when a sacrifice fly by Alisha Ellis gave Morgan County a walk-off win.

The Dogs kicked off their game against the Locust Grove Wildcats early Saturday morning, and got off to a two-run lead before Locust Grove ever came up to bat.

The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the third inning at 2-2, but the Lady Dogs were ready to get back ahead in the top of the fifth.

Elizabeth Couch earned the first RBI of the inning with a well-executed squeeze bunt, which brought Aubree Cox home. Carly Hodgson then drove Couch in with an RBI double, before scoring herself on an error to put the Dogs ahead 5-2, a score which they would maintain through the remaining three innings.

Morgan County’s second game of the day would be against the Social Circle Redskins.

The Redskins jumped on Morgan County early, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning. Then, in the second inning, a Redskin batter hit the first pitch of the second inning past the outfield barrier for a home run.

Sarah Couch had the first RBI against Social Circle in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly, but the Lady Dogs were still facing a 1-8 deficit going into the third inning.

Laree Van Orden drove in another run for Morgan County in the third inning, but the Lady Dogs allowed a run to score on an error in the fifth to make the score 2-9.

Social Circle added an additional two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Dogs weren’t going to give in quietly.

Van Orden and Ellis drove in runs on back-to-back ground-rule doubles in the bottom of the seventh, and Hannah Carver gave Morgan County their last run.

At the end of the inning, however, the Dogs were still behind Social Circle 5-11.

Tuesday, the Lady Dogs played region opponent Oconee County at home, and they will play Franklin County on the road today in Carnesville at 5:55. Next week, Morgan County will play Monticello at home on Monday, North Oconee at home on Tuesday, and Hart County in Hartwell on Thursday.

The 8-AAA tournament will begin in just a few short weeks, with the first games taking place on Oct. 5.