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[Photo by Donna Kennedy /] Marissa Hanson connects for a hit for the Lady Pirates during a recent game.

Lady Pirates start season with tough competition

The Pirates went on the road this weekend and faced three quality opponents at the Titan-Warrior Classic in Winder. The Pirates dropped three games by a combined score of 25-1. South Effingham was able to rally and beat Pike on Friday night 4-1. Freshman Kerrah Foster gave the Pirates a solid effort in the circle, but the offense just couldn’t generate enough run support. 

Aubree Reese drove in Linzie Davis with a single in the second inning to put the Pirates up 1-0. South Effingham responded with two runs in the top of the third and fourth innings to complete the scoring. 

The Pirates got hits from Marissa Hanson, Callie Williams and Katelyn Skinner to go along with the RBI single of Reese.

On Saturday, the Pirates played a solid Jeff Davis Yellowjacket squad from Hazlehurst. The Jackets jumped on the Pirates early with four runs in the first and Pike never recovered. Jeff Davis added a single run in the second, two more in the fourth and five more in the sixth to close out the scoring. 

Pike could only muster three hits (Kerrah Foster, Linzie Davis and Reese). Pike dropped the game 12-0. The Pirates then faced Brookwood in their final game of the event. Pike threatened with two outs in the first inning with back-to-back hits from Linzie Davis and Callie Williams but could not get anyone across the plate. Brookwood then went on the offensive and scored six times in their half of the first inning. It would remain 6-0 until the third when Brookwood was able to push across three more runs to complete the scoring at 9-0. Pike got hits from Foster, Hanson, Davis, Williams and Reese.

“This weekend was a tough one for us on the scoreboard, but hopefully this young team learned from this experience. I put us in this event to face stiff competition. I was able to pick who we played, and I wanted to prepare us for the playoffs,” said head coach Kevin Mobley. “I knew we would have some struggles, but the hope is that these girls learn from it and make the adjustments needed to be successful late in the year.”

The Lady Pirates are now 5-4 overall and 3-0 in region play. They will play a make-up game at home with Starr’s Mill on Wednesday.

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