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Lady Tigers up and down in opening week of softball season
Coach Jimmy Pruett with Lady Tigers

In an odd twist of scheduling in the early stages of the season the Lady Tigers junior varsity team has played twice as many games as their older counterpart to include participating in the Fifth Annual JV Red and Black Classic Invitational Tournament on Aug. 8 and 9.

The JV Lady Tigers entered the tournament with a season record of 2-1 after blowing out the Danes in their season opener and completing a dramatic last inning come from behind victory in Rabun. The team was humbled by a score of 13 – 0 in the first game of a double-header with the Cherokee Bluff Bears on Aug. 9.

The second game marked the beginning of the Red and Black Tournament, a non-traditional style tournament that allows teams to choose to play between two and five games and is more focused on good competition than trophies according to junior varsity Head Coach Logan Allen.

“I’m not even sure they actually declare a winner,” Allen said. “This kind of competition early in the season is great to see where we stack up against other teams and what we still need to work on.”

The tournament took on the tone of the season for the young Lady Tigers as the team showed their resilience with a 14 – 2 drubbing of the Bears and then moved on, again, to complete a come from behind win, tying the game in the fifth and winning by a score of 5 – 4 on a walk-off sacrifice fly on Aug. 10 against region 7A’s North Paulding.

The final game of the tournament continued the reflection of the regular season as the squad was brought back to Earth in a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Woodland Wildcats.

“It was a fun experience for the team,” Allen said. “It was nice to get a dramatic win over a 7A school in North Paulding.”