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Mustangs put out Phoenix; tough weekend games await
South Effingham moves to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA
South Effingham's Allie Ergle puts the ball in play in the second inning against New Hampstead on Thursday. - photo by Mark Lastinger
We are 2-0 in the region and that's where I wanted to be at this point.
South Effingham coach Chuck Smith
GUYTON — South Effingham’s softball steamroller flattened another opponent with ease Thursday. The Mustangs improved to 9-0 with a 10-1 rout of Region 2-AAAAA foe New Hampstead. They have outscored their opponents 63-4. In quite the understatement following the game, South Effingham coach Chuck Smith said. “They are doing well.” Senior pitcher Kastin Belogorska turned in another powerhouse performance, notching eight strikeouts in four innings. She was replaced in the circle by ReAnn McCloy, who fanned all three hitters she faced in the fifth and final frame. Alex Brown set the tone offensively for the Mustangs, leading off the first inning with a deep extra-base hit. Allie Ergle plated her with an infield single and Ergle ended up scoring on a groundout by Cheyenne Miller. South Effingham added two runs in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth. The final at-bat featured two-RBI hits by Miller and Hailey Pinette. Alexa Johanson, Miller and Pinette each delivered two hits. Emily Laverez had one hit and two RBI. Smith is eager to see how the Mustangs fare Friday and Saturday in Atlanta when they face Rockmart and Harrison, respectively. “I’m ready to get there,” Smith said. “We are 2-0 in the region and that’s where I wanted to be a this point. I wanted to (play Rockmart and Harrison) early and I want to play (another tough set of games against Forsysth Central, Walnut Grove and Mill Creek) late to get us ready for the playoffs. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. “That’s why we go there.”