Sarah Couch gets in position to catch the ball and tag out a Franklin County Lion. Photo by Jesse Walker

Sarah Couch gets in position to catch the ball and tag out a Franklin County Lion. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs softball team traveled to Jackson County High School to compete in the 8-AAA region tournament. The Lady Dogs fell to Region leader Franklin County 0-4 in the semifinal game of the tournament but came back to beat Oconee County 2-1 in the tournament consolation game to finish third in the region.

The score remained tied at 0-0 against Franklin County in the semifinal game until the bottom of the third inning, when Franklin scored their first run of the game.

Franklin scored another single run in the fourth and then two runs in the fifth for their total of four runs, and, unfortunately, the Lady Dogs were never able to get on the board.

After the loss to Franklin County, the Lady Dogs turned it around and presented a strong front against Oconee County.

Oconee scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning, but it would be their only run in the game.

Morgan County would come back in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1, and a second and final run in the sixth was all the Lady Dogs needed to carry away the 2-1 victory.

Hayden Massey pitched all seven innings against Oconee, striking out four of their batters and only allowing three hits.

Along with earning a third-place finish in the region with the win over Oconee, the Lady Dogs also determined their position on the state playoff bracket.

The first state playoff game for the Dogs will be against the St. Pius X Catholic High School, who was the second-place finisher in 6-AAA with an overall record of 14-16 this season.

The St. Pius X Golden Lions will host the first round of Morgan County’s state playoff games in DeKalb County. The games took place on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. If the Lady Dogs pass on to the next round of the state playoffs, the next games will take place on either Oct. 23 or Oct. 24 against an unknown opponent.