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Brandi Smalls and the LaGrange Academy softball team got a home win over Griffin Christian on Thursday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Brandi Smalls and the LaGrange Academy softball team got a home win over Griffin Christian on Thursday.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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ATLANTA - Make it six in a row.

The Troup Lady Tigers put six runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 10-4 Region 5-AAAA road win over Woodward Academy on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers have not only won six in a row to improve to 6-2, but they’re in first place in the region with a 3-0 record.

“I felt it was so fun to watch,” Troup head coach Blair Shimandle said. “We were talking about it the whole way home how excited we are about how well they played. I don’t know if we can even describe how proud we are of them.”

Although the final margin of victory was six runs, it was a competitive, back-and-forth game.

Troup scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead, but Woodward answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it and force extra innings.

Troup then blew it open with the six-run eighth inning, and Woodward was unable to answer.

Troup pounded out 10 hits in the game, and Hanna Lane pitched all eight innings to get the win.

“The pitcher we faced tonight, she very well may be one of the best pitchers in the region. She threw a really good game,” Shimandle said. “What amazed me was how well our hitters hit her. She would hit her spots really well. Our hitters were able to really adjust to her, and started to really tee off on her toward the end.”

Amber Arnold had a huge day at the plate with three hits and four RBIs.

Frehman Abby Taylor had two hits while also driving in four runs.

Kinley Stanford had a hit and two RBIs, and Maddie Weathers, Andrea Nix, Libby Wheeler and Katie White also had hits.

Troup will host Carrollton on Thursday before wrapping up the first half of the region schedule against Whitewater on Sept. 9.

CALLAWAY: The Lady Cavaliers (7-5 overall) fell to 1-1 in Region 5-AAA with an 8-0 loss to Cedartown.

Cedartown was clinging to a 1-0 lead through four innings when it took control of the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Cedartown added three more runs in the sixth inning to end the game because of the run rule.

Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin felt his team competed well against a Cedartown team that features an elite pitcher.

Cedartown’s pitcher struck out 11 batters in six innings.

“She’s really good,” Summerlin said. “But we competed. We really did.”

Summerlin felt his pitcher, Jessica Perkins, threw the ball well.

“I thought she did a great job,” Summerlin said of Perkins, who gave up six hits. “She gave us a chance to win, we just couldn’t do enough on offense.”

Even as the deficit started to grow late, Summerlin liked the effort his players gave.

“They never hung their head, even when we got down a couple of runs,” Summerlin said. “They kept fighting, they competing. That’s what we’re trying to instill.”

Callaway will return to action on Wednesday with a home game against Heard County.

LAGRANGE ACADEMY: The Lady Warriors are on the board.

After opening the season with four straight losses, LaGrange Academy beat Griffin Christian 18-3 on Thursday to get their first victory.

Everyone in the lineup contributed, with all nine players scoring two runs.

Caitlynn Croft, the leadoff hitter, had two hits and also reached on a walk, and Brandi Smalls and Leah Major had two hits apiece.

Mary Beth Cottle, Heather Gooch, Ally Smith, Laney Anderson, Ellie Williams and Sydney Anderson each scored two runs.

Smith was the winning pitcher.

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