Published on 5/7/2012
By Chris Sokoloski
Georgetown High School's softball team beat Bluffton 6-4 last week to win the District VII championship.
"I couldn't be more proud of them," Bulldogs coach Al Hutchinson said. "They fought hard and that's what we've got to do and we have to keep doing that. Everybody did what they were supposed to do. It was a total team effort."
Bluffton jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Georgetown came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Kelsey Fulton singled, Katie Lunsford was hit by a pitch and Kellie Howard reached on an error to load the bases. Jackie Gray walked to force in a run and Taylor Mercer singled to make the score 3-0.
"We started out a little shaky," Hutchinson said. "I told them, 'you took it on the chin early and you fought back and did what you were supposed to do.' "
Georgetown extended its lead in the second inning when Blakeley Graham reached on an error and scored on a triple by Lunsford. Megan Strickland then singled to drive in Lunsford to make the score 5-2.
Bluffton cut the lead to 5-3 in the third inning, and Georgetown extended it again in the fourth when Taylor Graham reached on error, Blakeley Graham singled, and Lunsford hit a sacrifice fly to score Taylor Graham.
The Bobcats added a run in the seventh.
Georgetown also beat Bluffton in the second round of the playoffs.
Mercer pitched a complete game, scattering eight hits and striking out three to pick up her 19th win of the season. She was 1-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs.
It was Mercer's first start in the circle in a district championship.
"I didn't want to let my team down," Mercer said. "I know they got my back."
Fulton went 2-for-4 with one run scored,Lunsford went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Strickland went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
After winning several district championship, Hutchinson said the team needs to take the next step.
"We've been here before," he said. "We won the district before, we've got to go on to the next level. We've got to win the next time. We're taking it pitch by pitch, game by game. This team is getting better as they play."