The North Oconee High School softball team was red-hot entering Labor Day weekend.
The Lady Titans won their last six games leading up to the break before resuming play Wednesday after press time. That run improved their overall record to 11-3.
North Oconee’s winning streak began Aug. 26 with a 3-2 victory over Flowery Branch. It continued the next day with an 8-6 win against Pace Academy and an 18-6 toppling of Ola.
On Aug. 30, the Lady Titans beat Cedar Shoals 8-0. They earned an 11-8 win at Madison County one day later before topping East Hall 3-1 on Sept. 2.
Flowery Branch pushed across a run in the top of the first inning thanks to an error. North Oconee drew even in the bottom of the frame, though, thanks to a leadoff home run by Kendall Wells.
The Lady Falcons again went up by a run in the top of the second but Wells walked during the bottom of the fifth and later scored on a single by Casey Holloway.
Bailey Bowen led off the seventh with a single. Wells singled next and, after a bunt by Maddie Johnson, Makayla Tomlinson notched a walkoff single to score Bowen and win the game.
Holloway pitched all seven innings. She gave up only one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six batters.
Pace Academy went up 4-0 in the top of the first against North Oconee before the Lady Titans clawed back into the game.
They answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Johnson singled and Holloway walked to start a one-out rally. Cameron Harkey then drilled a two-RBI double. Tomlinson scored Harkey thanks to a sacrifice fly, making it 4-3.
Pace increased its lead to 5-3 in the second but Johnson singled to score Mackenzie Geddings in the bottom half of the inning, bring it to 5-4.
Holloway reached via an error to lead off the fourth. Harkey doubled and scored Holloway to tie the game 5-5.
North Oconee went up 6-5 soon after thanks to an RBI double from Kaleigh Bond. Geddings later scored Bond on a single of her own, giving North Oconee a 7-5 lead.
Pace fought back in the fourth, making it a 7-6 game.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bond tripled to score Harkey, who led off the inning with a double, giving the Lady Titans their decisive 8-6 lead.
North Oconee blasted Ola for 10 runs in the top of the first inning. Though they gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning, the Lady Titans added five to their total in the top of the second. They went up 18-6 through the third inning and held tight from there to end the game early after just four innings via the mercy rule.
Wells had a team-high four hits and five RBIs in that game. Bond had three hits and Bowen had two.
Holloway recorded three RBIs, followed by Johnson and Bond with two. Carsyn Bassett and Kristina Postnieks had one RBI apiece.
Johnson pitched the entire game, allowing only four earned runs on nine hits and two walks. She struck out nine batters.
North Oconee rode a 5-0 first inning against Cedar Shoals to its 8-0 win. Bassett went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Morgan Bond, Lily Branch, Postnieks, Bowen and Tomlinson each had one RBI.
Morgan Bond and Holloway combined for a no-hitter. Holloway worked two innings and struck out four batters. Bond tossed three innings with eight strikeouts.
The Lady Titans’ offense kept rolling against Madison County.
They got two hits apiece from Kaleigh Bond, Holloway and Bassett. Kaleigh Bond and Johnson led the team with three RBIs each.
Wells finished with a peculiar stat line: She went 0-for-0 with five walks and an RBI.
North Oconee’s most recent win before press time was a big one. The Lady Titans’ victory over East Hall avenged a loss earlier this season and gave them a crucial Region 8-AAAA victory.
Wells, Johnson and Harkey led off the bottom of the first with singles. Holloway came up next and smacked a two-run double. Later in the inning, Bassett recorded an RBI single to give North Oconee an early 3-0 lead.
That deficit proved insurmountable, as East Hall struggled to score except for on a single in the third.
Johnson pitched all seven innings and gave up no earned runs and just three hits and one walk. She struck out 10 batters.
The win over East Hall improved North Oconee to 5-2 in region play and had the Lady Titans second in the region behind Madison County, which was 4-1 as of press time.