SAVANNAH — South Effingham continued its subregion dominance with an 11-0 five-inning win over St. Vincent’s on Thursday at Paulsen Softball Complex.
The Lady Mustangs recorded 11 hits and took advantage of six Saints errors to improve their Region 3-AAA (A) record to 5-0 and their overall record to 13-9-1.
SEHS coach Donnie Ussery said his team has worked hard in practice to improve its hitting, but in the end it came down to the approach at the plate.
“The biggest thing is getting them to be patient,” he said. “The girls are a good hitting team, but a lot of it is mental. They get over the mental stuff and the physical will take care of itself.”
SEHS 344 00 — 11 11 1
SVA 000 00 — 0 1 6
W — Casey Johnson (6-0). L — Ashley Ehert.
Leading hitters: SE: Sarah Parker, 3-4, RBI, 2 R; Maria Godinez, 2-3, 2 RBI, BB; Katie Rietkovich, 1-2, HR; 2 RBI 2 R; Sally Faircloth, 1-1, RBI, BB.
Sarah Parker led South Effingham at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and scoring twice. Maria Godinez also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.
Casey Johnson was dominating, as usual, in the circle, picking up her sixth win. She struck out 11 batters and allowed only one hit.
In addition to winning, the Lady Mustangs also had fun. Several girls played different positions and some even got to take a few swings.
“I wanted to get some girls playing time that have practiced hard for me and some of them have sat on the bench or have been role players,” Ussery said. “I just wanted to get them out there and reward them for all their hard work.”
South Effingham resumes subregion play on Monday with a 7 p.m. game at Liberty County.