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Pitcher's big day leads RHHS
BCHS rolls on with win over Bacon County
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Richmond Hills Sam Mault winds up to pitch the ball against Bradwell Institute on Tuesday in Hinesville. Mault combined with Morgan Hunter on a no-hitter and hit a three-run home run in the Lady Wildcats 11-0 win. - photo by Photo by Paul Floecker

Sam Mault hit a three-run homer and combined with Morgan Hunter on a no-hitter as the Richmond Hill High School softball team rolled to an 11-0 region win at Bradwell on Tuesday.

Mault pitched three hitless innings and Hunter tossed the final two. The game was called by run rule after five innings.

Lyndsey Boone had two hits for the Lady Wildcats, who blew the game open with a seven-run third inning. Adrianna Garrett drove in a run and scored three times in the game, Jess Kifferly added an RBI and Haley Taylor scored on a steal of home.

With their sixth win in seven games, the Lady Wildcats upped their record to 14-6 overall and 4-1 in Region 3-AAAAA. Bradwell dropped to 3-12 and 0-4.

Richmond Hill will host Statesboro in a region game at 5 p.m. today. The Lady Wildcats will play a pair of non-region games next week, at Liberty County at 6 p.m. Monday and at home against Wayne County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before hosting Effingham County at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the regular-season finale.

RHHS won three of four games in the Mark Moseley Cancer Awareness Tournament over the weekend in Columbia County, highlighted by a 7-6 thriller over defending Class AAAAA state-champion Greenbrier on Friday.

The two teams battled back and forth before Madelyn Gorsuch scored the winning run on a passed ball in the seventh inning. Richmond Hill had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth, but Greenbrier (15-3) tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

Gorsuch drove in three runs on a homer in the first inning and a single in the fifth. Taylor added three hits for the Lady Wildcats.

Morgan Hunter pitched a complete game, giving up six runs and 13 hits. She struck out three and walked three.

It was the second win of the day for Hunter, who allowed one run over five innings as Richmond Hill beat Savannah Christian 7-3 to open the tournament.

Boone pitched the final two innings. Hannah Fitzgerald led the RHHS offense with four runs batted in and two hits.

The Lady Wildcats split a pair of games on Saturday, defeating Evans 6-5 and falling to Harris County by the same score.

Garrett and Gorusch each had two hits in the win over Evans, and Gorusch drove in two runs.

RHHS scored three runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 4-3 deficit.

The Lady Wildcats also mounted a seventh-inning rally against Harris County, scoring two runs to pull within 6-5, but their comeback fell just short. Garrett finished the game with three hits.

Bryan beats Bacon

The Bryan County Lady Redskins tuned up for their rematch with Vidalia by beating Bacon County 6-1 Tuesday at home.

The Lady Redskins raised their record to 17-6 overall and 9-1 in Region 2-AA. Bacon fell to 11-7 and 6-5.

BCHS will play at McIntosh County Academy (1-11, 1-8) at 5 p.m. today and return home to face region leader Vidalia (18-0, 11-0) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lady Indians, the top-ranked team in Class AA, handed Bryan County its only region loss this season, 2-0 in Vidalia on Aug. 27.

Bryan County routed winless Groves 22-1 in a region game last Thursday and split four games over the weekend in the North Cobb Tournament.

The Lady Redskins beat Kell 11-4 and South Cobb 8-3, and lost 4-0 to Cartersville and 11-3 to Dunwoody.

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