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Lady 'Skins advance to next round of state playoffs
Shortstop Taylor Butler catches a pop fly. (Shannon Jarrell)
The Lady Redskins came out on top Wednesday against the Baconton Blazers in two game during the first round of the state playoffs at Bryan County High School.

The Lady 'Skins beat the Blazers 10-2 in just five innings in game one. In Game 2, Bryan County won 9-2. The team advances to the next round and will face either Brookstone or Bacon County.

The Lady 'Skins started off game one with a single by Tiffany Howard, followed by singles from Ciara Cornell, Jeri Hines and Rebecca Strickland, and had an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning.

In the bottom of the third, Cornell reached base on a bunt single, had a stolen base and scored on a past ball, giving the Lady 'Skins a 9-0 lead. The Baconton Blazers came back in the top of the fourth to score two, but it wasn't enough as the Lady 'Skins defeated the Baconton Blazers in five innings.

In game two, Howard led off with a walk, a stolen base and scored when Cornell singled.  Cornell went on to score off of a sacrafice bunt by Hines, giving the Lady 'Skins a 2-0 lead. Howard finished off the bottom of the first with three strikeouts.

Top of the second saw Taylor Stanfield double, and the Lady 'Skins increased their lead with a two-run shot off of Howard's bat, making the score 4-0.

Solid defense on the Lady 'Skins' part kept the Blazers from reaching base for most of the game. However, in the bottom of the third, Lady 'Skins were put to work, looking at bases loaded and no outs recorded. But they got out of it with only two runs scoring, making the game 4-2. Sierra Newman scored on a sacrafice bunt from Cornell, giving the Lady 'Skins a 5-2 lead.

Top of the seventh and the Lady 'Skins increased their lead more with a score from Howard and to cap it off, a three-run homerun off the bat of Rebecca Strickland, giving the Lady 'Skins a 9-2 lead, and that would be the final in the second game.

The Lady Redskins will play the winner of the Brookstone/Bacon County game, and the winner of that game will determine if the Lady Redskins will travel or on the road.

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