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Injuries, Lady Panthers thwart Lady Titans in semis

Kevin Mays • May 29, 2019 at 12:57 AM

WISE — Twin Springs softball coach Tim Lawson didn’t worry too much about his team’s slow start Tuesday in the Region 1D tournament semifinals.

But when starters Baylie Compton and Bell McCoy both suffered early-game injuries, Lawson got a little more concerned.

“We started slow all year. So the first inning didn’t bother me,” Lawson said. “But then our two players went down. And then it was kind of hang on for your life.

“Baylie’s hitting over .600. It’s hard to lose that. And McCoy is solid defensively. A senior. She goes down with a knee injury.”

Neither Compton nor McCoy could return to the game and Northwood rolled to a 9-0 win.

The Lady Panthers (21-1) advanced to the Region 1D championship game to take on fellow Hogoheegee District member Patrick Henry on Wednesday at Emory & Henry. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Patrick Henry beat Chilhowie 8-5 on Tuesday to stay alive.

NORTHWOOD STARTS EARLY

With undefeated pitcher Nancy Jo Roberts (18-0) on the mound, Northwood wasted little time taking control of the game.

The senior-laden squad scored three runs in the first inning and another in the second.

The four-run cushion gave Northwood coach B.J. Buchanan a confident feeling about the rest of the game.

“We figure with Nancy Jo, if we score four or five runs, we ought to have a pretty good chance of winning any ball game,” said Buchanan, whose team boasts six seniors.

Buchanan said having a veteran squad is also a huge plus.

“We’re fortunate that these seniors’ minds are right. They ain’t got senioritis or anything like that,” Buchanan said.

“They know what they want and they’re working hard. They ain’t slowed down.”

BIG BATS

Northwood pounded out 15 hits against Twin Springs.

Roberts struck out 11 batters while also coming up big with the bat for the Lady Panthers. She finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, as did Callie Boardwine.

Lexi Woodward went 2-for-3, and Miranda McGlocklin and Lauren Sword each finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lady Panthers.

Northwood added four runs to its total in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth to round out the scoring.

“They’re good,” Lawson said. “I think we did well just to hold them to nine runs.

A GOOD RUN

“I’m proud of my girls for fighting through it,” Twin Springs’ coach added. “They just hit. And they can hit.

“Sometimes they’re just better than you. The team that we ended up with, they definitely were.”

The trip to the regional tournament was the second straight for the Lady Titans (15-9) as well as their first foray into the semifinal round of the regional softball tournament.

“I’m very proud of them,” Lawson said of his squad. “We’re graduating four seniors and I hate to see them go. We’ll try to work our way back up.”

Chenoa Dean accounted for two of Twin Springs’ three hits, including a double in the second inning.

Twin Springs’ other hit came off the bat of Belle Austin.

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