Improved hitting and defense paired with a sturdy pitching performance earned the Madison County High School softball team a much-needed victory last Thursday.
Megan Kesler surrendered just five hits in seven innings while Abby Atkinson, Heather Echols and Haley Peeples all drove home scores as Madison County topped Heritage, 4-1.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.
“We really needed to win that one,” Kesler said.
The Raiders’ all-important 10-game subregion slate was supposed to start Tuesday against Habersham Central, but that game was rained out (make up date is Sept. 2). Madison County was slated to face Apalachee today (Thursday). Finishing first in the division play this year offers a bigger reward: a no. 1 seed and a first-round bye at the region tournament in October.
Madison County would then have to win just once to qualify for state.
“That’s where our sights are right now,” Kesler said.
Madison County (5-3) had been shutout in its last two contests, but got back to swing the bat in the third inning Thursday when the Raiders scored all four of their runs.
For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 28 print edition of The Madison County Journal.