The Callaway Lady Cavaliers and Troup Lady Tigers each got things started over the weekend.
Callaway went 3-2 in a tournament hosted by Villa Rica, and Troup went 2-3 in the Jordan Invitational in Columbus.
Callaway had a couple of one-sided losses to Rockmart and Carrollton, but it beat Douglas County 6-0, Haralson County 3-1 and Villa Rica 7-3.
Callaway head coach Nick Drescher said he was thrilled with the way the team played on Saturday after the tough losses to Rockmart and Carrollton.
“The seniors, they talked (to the team) about our effort after that third game,” Drescher said. “They came out Saturday and really played hard. It was a great team effort.”
In the Douglas County game, freshman Brittany Mitchell was terrific, pitching all seven innings to notch the shutout win.
Mitchell struck out five and didn’t give up a hit until the final inning.
Mitchell also came through at the plate with a pair of doubles, and Railey Waddell had a hit and two RBIs.
In the Haralson County game, Mitchell again was the pitching star, going seven innings and giving up six hits and one run.
Jessica Siggers was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Chasity Meadows had a hit and an RBI, and Brittany Mitchell knocked in two runs.
Against Villa Rica, sophomore Savanna Galloway got the start, and she pitched seven innings and gave up two earned runs.
Molly Hubbard, Taylor Smith and Cecream Woodyard each had two hits, and Hannah Hubbard had a hit and two RBIs.
Keshonna Terrell added an RBI double.
Drescher said a handful of freshmen excelled in their first varsity action.
“I knew coming in the freshmen would be able to help out, it was a question of how much they’d be able to help out,” Drescher said. “I was excited to see how they performed this weekend.”
Troup, meanwhile, lost its first two games in the Jordan tournament before going 2-1 on Saturday.
Troup lost 8-7 to Brookstone and 7-4 to Bainbridge on Friday.
On the final day, Troup beat Marion County 12-0, lost to Bleckley County 5-4 and beat Taylor County 15-3.
Troup coach Blair Shimandle said she was “very happy” with how the team played.
“We had some closely-fought games with every player contributing including the younger and less-experienced players and I felt like we started the way we finished last year so are already way ahead of where we started last year,” Shimandle said.
Troup will host Callaway on Tuesday at 5 p.m., and both teams will participate in the Callaway Classic this weekend.
LaGrange opens its season at home against Harris County on Tuesday.