Lyons, GA. – October 29, 2023 | Coach Hayne Brant
The Toombs County Lady Dawgs have wrapped up an impressive season, culminating in an awesome showing at the GHSA State Tournament in Columbus, GA. Their journey through the tournament was marked by spirited competition, hard-fought battles, and memorable moments of individual excellence.
In the opening game of the Elite 8 against Banks County, Shay Stringer showcased her exceptional pitching skills by striking out 11 batters. Despite the Lady Dawgs falling short with a 4-2 loss, contributions from Mishi Smith, who delivered a crucial RBI single, and Aniston Powell, who hit a solo home run, underscored the team’s resilience and fighting spirit.
Game two against Mount Paran Christian was a dramatic turnaround for the Lady Dawgs. Facing elimination, the team rallied to secure a thrilling 7-5 victory. Shay Stringer’s home run, along with vital RBI singles from her and Natalie Quintero, were instrumental in clinching this must-win game.
The final contest against Jeff Davis, although resulting in a 15-7 loss, was marked by a commendable team effort. The Lady Dawgs displayed incredible tenacity, particularly in the fourth inning, where they rallied to score five runs on seven hits, with Natalie Quintero, Mishi Smith, Brinley Miller, and Emerson Powell all contributing with key hits
Celebrating the individual achievements, the tournament saw standout performances from several players. Shay Stringer’s pitching prowess, Natalie Quintero’s timely hits, and Mishi Smith’s crucial RBIs were amongst the notable contributions. The defensive and offensive inputs of each player, including those off the bench, were essential in navigating the challenges of the tournament.
The season concludes with a heartfelt tribute to seniors Kassidy Brantley and Morgan Kersey. Their dedication, skill, and leadership have been pillars supporting the Lady Dawgs’ journey this season.
The Lady Dawgs’ participation in the GHSA State Tournament is a testament to their talent, teamwork, and tenacity, setting the stage for promising seasons ahead. With a final season record of 20-10, the Lady Dawgs have indeed left an indelible mark, promising exciting prospects for the team in future tournaments.