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Young Cross Creek softball team is gaining in-game experience

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A 14-13 win over Screven County on Wed­nesday showed the current state of the Cross Creek softball team, one that is young and learning as the season progresses.

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The Lady Razorbacks rallied twice to beat the Lady Gamecocks in extra innings, with senior Baylee Hall providing the game-winning, two-run hit.

It was fitting for Hall to seal the win as one of two seniors on the Cross Creek team. The Lady Razorbacks lost seven starting seniors from last season’s 19-10 team that swept its regular season region schedule.

Coach Lisa White said the team is inexperienced and mistakes are being made early in the season, but good things are expected by playoff time.

“The majority are sophomores on the team, so we’re making young mistakes and, hopefully, by the time the region tournament gets here we’re going to correct all the mistakes,” she said. “I really think we’re going to surprise some people when it gets playoff time.”

Cross Creek enters the week 8-5 with a tough tournament schedule coming up this weekend, including a game against Parkview on Friday, allowing the young team time to settle into its roles before the region schedule begins. Cross Creek’s first region game is Sept. 17 at Burke County. The Lady Razorbacks are looking to keep alive a streak of undefeated region records that dates back to 2010.

“We’re still inexperienced,” White said. “We’ve had three extra-inning games and won two out of the three, so that gives us experience that we need when it comes tournament time.”

GETTING TOUGHER: The schedules for area softball teams will reach a more challenging stage this week as the stronger programs will be involved in tournaments and will face each other in big matchups.

Harlem, coming off a Region 3-AA championship last season, will play Thomson and Westside before playing in the Mark Moseley Memorial Diamond Classic in Columbia County over the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs are picking up where they left off with a strong start to the season, including sophomore Amber Garrett, who threw a seven-inning no-hitter against Screven County on Thursday.

Greenbrier, also coming off a region title in 2-AAAAA, will play six games this week, including an appearance in the Columbia County tournament. The Lady Wolfpack enter the week riding a 2-1 win over Evans on Thursday.

After playing games against Atlanta-area programs this past weekend, Evans will now travel to Lakeside today before playing in the tournament this weekend. The Lady Knights have navigated a tough start to their schedule with an 9-4 record.

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