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Two-out prowess powers Lady Mustangs
South Effingham to host Statesboro next
Lady Mustangs outfielder Cheyenne Miller slides across the plate during Wednesday's Region 2-AAAAA tournament against Wayne County. She stroked eight hits in eight at-bats. - photo by Photo by Birk Herrath

GUYTON — South Effingham’s smooth-running softball machine shifted into postseason gear Wednesday.

The Lady Mustangs improved to 20-4 with 13-0 and 11-3 victories in the opening round of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament at The Corral.

Heading into the doubleheader, South Effingham coach Chuck Smith urged his team to focus on the immediate task at hand and not think about potential matchups down the road.

“We’re going to practice and getting ready for whatever the next adventure is,” Smith said. “We’re taking each moment for what it is.”

South Effingham scored at least once in nine of the 10 innings that were played. The first game ended after 3 1/2 innings because of the mercy rule.

The Lady Mustangs, 9-1 against 2-AAAAA foes, were particularly deadly with two outs. They tallied nine two-out runs in the first inning of the opening game and finished with 13 two-out runs on the day.

“We were doing that constantly. We were never out of the inning,” Smith said.

Outfielder Cheyenne Miller was an offensive catalyst in both games. She racked up eight hits in eight at-bats, finishing with four RBIs.

Rachel Mixon matched Miller’s three safeties in the first game, knocking in three runs.

Alexa Johanson and Allie Ergle also finished two hits each in the opener.

Hailey Pinette drove in five runs in the second contest. She, ReAnn McCloy and Alex Brown added two hits apiece.

 Kastin Belagorska was the winning pitcher in both games, allowing a total of nine hits. She logged four strikeouts in the opener and fanned eight in the nightcap. She issued a total of four walks.

South Effingham will return to action Wednesday at home against Statesboro. The doubleheader will start at 4 p.m.