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Lady Royals Win Region 3-AA Softball Title
Lady Royals Win Region 3-AA Softball Title

Last year, Bleckley and Southeast Bulloch met in the semifinals of the Region 3-AA playoffs.  BCHS run-ruled the Lady Jackets in both games.  A much tougher SEB team played BC Wednesday for the Region 3-AA championship.  But with tough defense and clutch hitting, the Lady Royals swept their way to a region title.

Marlee Bryan's third-inning single tied things in game one.  In the fourth, SEB had two on with no out.  After a sac bunt moved runners into scoring position, Bryan struck out the next two batters, ending the threat.  A double play in the fifth helped quell a bases loaded, no outs jam.  Bleckley would be unable to capitalize on a two on, two out, opportunity in their half of the fifth.

They did capitalize in the last of the seventh.  SunnyKate Darsey's hit with the bases loaded and two outs gave the Lady Royals a 2-1 win.  Bryan finished 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Game two was another pitcher's duel.  BC had just three baserunners in the first four innings.  Things remained scoreless until the seventh.  Marlee Bryan led off with a double.  SunnyKate Darsey reached on a bunt base hit, and Kelsey Darsey got on via a fielder's choice after beating the throw to first.  Next batter Katie Simmons was hit, scoring the first run.

Three more runs scored. SEB got a sac fly in their half of the seventh as BCHS won 4-1.  It was the first region title since the school went to fastpich softball.  SunnyKate Darsey finished 2 for 3. 

Head coach Janice Bryan has coached many of the players in rec. league all stars, travel softball, and as head coach at Bleckley Middle School.   She attributed their comradery as a key to success.  "The girls have been around each other for years.  They love each other and work hard together.  Everyone is committed to the same goal."

Bleckley will host round one of the state playoffs October 12.  Game times are 4 and 6 pm versus Crawford County, the fourth seed from 4-AA.

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