Lakeside used eight hits to squeak by Hephzibah 3-1 in the first one of its best-of-three Region 3-AAAA series.
Colleen Markyna led the Lady Panthers with a 3-for-3 performance while Nichole Bennett added a pair of hits. Lakeside (13-16) scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to build a 3-0 lead.
Hephzibah's Angie Evans and Beth Taylor combined for four of the Lady Rebels' seven hits.
Hephzibah will play host to Lakeside today at 3 p.m. in game two, with game three to follow, if necessary. The winner of this series will play the winner of Statesboro-Greenbrier for the region title on Thursday.
In other action, Greenbrier used a four-run third inning to cruise past Statesboro 8-0 in game one of their best-of-three series.
Nikki Smith had a double and a triple in a 2-for-4 effort for the Lady Wolfpack (24-6), while Eve Motlow also went 2-for-4. Greenbrier's Abby Tyler allowed three hits in picking up her 17th win.
Greenbrier will play host to Statesboro at 2:30 p.m. today in game two. If necessary, game three will follow.
In Area 3-AAA action, Dana Justice pitched a one-hitter as Cross Creek defeated Richmond Academy 17-1 in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.
The Lady Razorbacks (17-9) pounded out 17 hits as Justice, Kim McGahee, Michelle LaFontaine and Marissa Harding had two hits each.
Richmond Academy will play at Cross Creek today at 4:30 p.m. in game two. Game three, if necessary, will follow.
The winner of this series will play the Laney-Westside winner for the area championship on Thursday.
USC Aiken midfielder Kirsten Haas was named the Peach Belt Player of the Week on Monday.
Haas scored four goals along with an assist in three Lady Pacer wins as USC Aiken (5-4-1, 1-0-1) extended its winning streak to five. In an 8-0 defeat of Newberry College, Haas notched her first career hat trick.
Haas, who became the first Lady Pacer soccer player to win the PBC Player of the Week award, has scored seven goals in eight matches.
Dorothy Auerbach, wife of legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach, has died. She was 78.
Dorothy Auerbach died Saturday night in a Washington, D.C., hospital following a lengthy illness.
Married for the past six decades, she remained mostly in Washington during NBA seasons, traveling to Boston to help celebrate the many Celtics championships, or when her husband received a major honor.
Denver Broncos fans have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the loudest stadium cheer.
During halftime of the Broncos' 28-19 loss to New England on Sunday, fans at Mile High Stadium belted out cheers, yells and whistles that topped out at 128.7 decibels.
That eclipsed the previous record set by fans at a rugby match in Ireland on Feb. 7, 1998 by more than three points.
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