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Jackson rolls to super regional win at Long County
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The No. 9-ranked Jackson Lady Red Devils are going to Columbus for the Elite Eight, after their successful swing through Ludowici.

Jackson captured the Long County super regional, downing the Lady Blue Tide 9-0 Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Red Devils, 17-10-2, snapped a scoreless duel in the fifth with three runs. Madisyn Batchelor and Layla Watts hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles to start the rally.

Jackson tacked on six runs in the sixth, as the first six hitters in the frame all recorded hits.

Katelyn Flanders held Long County to two hits, singles from Emma Smith and Delanie Williams.

Watts went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, Caleigh Kirby went 3-for-3, Batchelor was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Mackenzie North was 2-for-3.

Long County, the top seed in the super regional, fell 4-0 to Jackson in a winner’s bracket game, pitting the Lady Blue Tide into a win-or-go-home game Saturday with Thomasville. Long County topped the Lady Bulldogs 11-3.

Kassie Davis’ two-run double in the first put the Lady Tide up 3-1. Matti McDougald’s single brought in Sara Cone to make it 3-2 but the Lady Tide pushed across five runs in the third to go up 8-2.

Avery Hurst doubled in a run to make it 8-3. Long County put the game away with three runs in the fifth, the final two coming home on Jaci Smiley’s sharp double to center field.

On Thursday against Long County, Jackson put together three hits to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning and stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third.

Long County had two on and one out in the fourth, but Jackson’s defense held up, and the Lady Blue Tide turned the tables on the Lady Red Devils, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

Jackson, ranked No. 9 in the state by Score Atlanta, pushed across its final run in the sixth.

The Lady Blue Tide had little problem with Hephzibah in the opener, posting a 23-0 win in three innings.

After Smiley struck out the side in the top of the first inning, the Lady Tide got a combination of six walks and hit batters to take a 3-0 lead without having to put the ball in play.

Ciara O’Brien cracked a base-clearing triple as the Tide went up 6-0, and Mackenie McFarland brought in two more runs with a single. A passed ball and Kyleigh Sizemore’s double pushed the lead to 10-0. Four more walks and another hit batter widened the lead to 13-0 before Williams came to bat for the third time in the inning.

Her two-run single and Sizemore’s bases- loaded walk gave the Lady Blue Tide a 16-0 cushion. The Lady Blue Tide pushed across seven runs in the second.

O’Brien brought one home on a single, Addie Moss scored on a wild pitch and Davis brought home the final run on a single of her own.

Rebecca Lust threw two shutout innings.

Jackson won its opener with Thomasville 5-1. Thomasville defeated Hephzibah 16-0 to advance to Saturday’s elimination game. Jackson will begin the Elite Eight today against Wesleyan. Also in the field are Crisp County, Oconee County, Bremen, Harlem, Pike County and Gordon Lee.

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