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Lady Hounds win two of three in region play

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    CHUCK THOMPSON/Staff Madison Bennett tags out Locust Grove’s Tagen Levao trying to stretch a single into a double.
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    Mackenzie Kilpatrick tags out Locus Grove’s Bella Morton trying to go first to third on a single to right field by Tagen Levao in the second inning.
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    Destin Howard pitches for Jones County.
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    Makinsey Long makes a catch in shallow left field and Stephanie Youngblood does the same in center. Photos by CHUCK THOMPSON/Staff View more photos and purchase reprints online at www.jcnews.com

SOFTBALL

The Lady Hounds won two of three region games last week, downing Ola 12-4 in a makeup game at home on Tuesday and beating Woodland-Stockbridge 11-2 in a road game on Thursday.

But Jones County fell to defending region and state champion Locust Grove 5-1 at home on Wednesday.

Now 10-3 overall and 7-2 in Region 4-5A, the Lady Hounds are in third place behind Locust Grove (16-1/7-0) and Union Grove (10-3/7-1).

This week, Jones County was to host Dutchtown (1-7/0-7) on Tuesday and Starr’s Mill in a non-region game on Wednesday before visiting Union Grove on Thursday.

The Lady Hounds play two games at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville on Saturday, facing off against Oconee County at noon and West Laurens at 2 p.m.

Megan Hamilton went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Destin Howard was 3-for-4 with a double, and Madison Bennett, Stephanie Youngblood and Makinsey Long each added two hits and two RBIs in the win over Ola.

Youngblood and Kloey Goins hit triples, and Mackenzie Kilpatrick added a double for the Lady Hounds.

Savannah Williams got the victory, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out two in four innings. Howard finished, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out four in two innings.

Locust Grove’s Brooke McCubin, who has committed to Mississippi but may reconsider after a coaching change there, limited Jones County to four hits on Wednesday. She struck out 10 and walked only one.

Bennett got two of the hits for the Lady Hounds, including a double. Skylar Elkins hit a home run for Locust Grove. Howard took the loss.

The Lady Hounds bounced back to pound Woodland on Thursday.

Howard was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a pair of two-run homers. Taylor Trefelner also homered for Jones County.

Bennett was 3-for-4 with a double, and Long was 2-for-3.

Kenzie Forrester got the win, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks in six innings. She struck out five.

Jones County dropped out of the Score Atlanta/AJC rankings for Class 5A last week. Locust Grove remains ranked No. 1.