HAMILTON, Ga. -- Harris County fell behind in the first inning of Game 1 Wednesday before coming from behind to defeat Glynn Academy 14-6 behind Sara Kate Jenkins' two home runs and 6 RBIs. The Tigers cruised in Game 2 19-0 to sweep the Red Terrors.
The sweep puts Harris County in Round 2, where it will host either Northgate or Greenbrier next Wednesday.
Harris County starting pitcher Kayla Cotton hit the first batter she faced on her first pitch of the ballgame. Cotton lasted only four batters into the first game. She was called twice for an illegal pitch and combined with Jenkins on an error at the plate, allowing Glynn Academy to take a 3-0 first inning lead.
When Cotton hit Perry Gibbs on a full-count pitch and no outs, she was pulled for Lilly Hooper, who shut down the rally.
"She's a freshman," Harris County coach Brook Zuerner.
"If you don't trust her, you're making a mistake. You've got to do what best for your team."
Cotton didn't let her pitching woes affect her hitting as she singled in the bottom of the first to drive in the Tigers first run, scoring Julia Clark. Abby White later drove in Cotton to pull Harris County to within 3-2 after one inning.
"I need to relax and redo my whole mindset," Cotton said about her thoughts moving to first base from the circle.
The Red Terrors scored two more in the top of the second to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Tigers batted around in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again in the doubleheader.
Trinity Smith led off the inning with a single, Carson Anderson drive in Smith with a double. Erin Dansby's one-out double drove in Anderson.
Cotton reached on a strike out that got away from the catcher, moving Dansby to third. Taylor Williams drove in Dansby with a single ahead of Jenkins' first 3-run homer pushing the score to 8-5.
The Tigers led 10-6 going into the bottom of the sixth when Williams drove in Dansby with a double and Jenkins hit another 3-run home run -- this one ending the game on a run rule with no outs in the sixth inning.
"Our plan all year has been win it with it with defense," Zuerner said. "I knew that if we just stuck with that plan it would pull it out for us. Offensively, score a run an inning, that's what we shoot for. As long as we play defense we'll be fine. Trust the plan."
Harris County sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning of Game 2. Williams led off with a single and scored ahead of Jenkins' single.
Abby White singled and Abbey Thomason reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.
Smith singled in a run, Anderson drove in a run on a ground out and Julia Clark drove in a run on a fielder's choice where no one covered home on a bunt.
After a Glynn Academy pitching change, Dansby and Cotton walked to load the bases for Williams, who hit a grand slam stretching the lead to 9-0. Williams had 8 RBI in the two games.
The Tigers batted around again in the top of the third, scoring nine more runs. Dansby had a double and a 3-run home run in the inning and Smith drove in two with a double.
After her Game 1 struggles, Cotton gave up only one hit in Game 2, a lead off double in the third inning by Kneeley Knowlton, who was thrown out by Anderson after rounding second base.
Wednesday at Hamilton
Glynn Academy 320 010 --6 6 5
Harris County 260 204--14 12 3
WP- Lilly Hooper, LP- Taylor Lague. Leading hitters, GA- Perry Gibbs 2-2, Phallan Davis 1-2, RBI, 2 Runs. HC-Sara Kate Jenkins 2-4, 2HR, 6 RBI,Taylor Williams 3-4, 4 RBI 2 Runs, Erin Dansby 1-2, 2 BB, 3 Runs, 2B, RBI, Kayla Cotton 2-3, 3 Run, RBI,
Abby White 2-3, RBI.
Harris County 0(10)9--19 13 0
Glynn Academy 000-- 0 1 3
WP- Kayla Cotton, LP- Taylor Lague. Leading Hitters, HC- Dansby 3-3, HR, 3 RBI, 3 Runs, Cotton 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, Williams 2-3, HR, 4 RBI, Jenkins 2-2, 2 RBI, White 2-2, 3 Runs. GA- Knowlton 1-1, 2B.