“I felt like we hit the ball,” TC head coach CJ Combs said. “Right now, I have some sore pitchers and a couple injuries on the team. So, we’re struggling a little bit and fighting through that. We had a couple hiccups here and there, but overall I don’t feel like we played terrible. They hit the ball really well. They put the ball in play and they just did more to win.”
It was a tight ballgame until Georgia Gwinnett blew things open with a six-run fifth inning.
The Lady Tornadoes actually jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Georgia Gwinnett came back to tie it at 1-1 in the second inning. The score remained tied until the fourth inning.
In the fourth, Georgia Gwinnett took their first lead of the game when first baseman Heaven Hinton hit a two-run home run to make it 3-1.
Georgia Gwinnett tacked on six runs in the fifth inning with a few errors proving to be costly.
“We definitely had a few hiccups here and there—things that don’t normally happen, but do happen,” Combs said. “You just have to try to bounce back and not let it hurt too much. We fought hard, just a couple things didn’t go our way and a couple of hiccups here and there but other than that, we did okay.”
TC battled on offense to try and get back in the game. Lindsey Sims hit a solo home run and the team added another run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-3.
In the top of the sixth, TC got two quick outs but couldn’t make it through the inning without damage. Three consecutive singles resulted in two runs score to give Georgia Gwinnett an 11-3 lead.
Tiffany Bailey retired all three of TC’s batter in the bottom of the sixth on groundouts to shortstop Brittany Bruns to end the game.
“I feel like we left some runners on base,” Combs said. “We weren’t as timely with our hits, but overall I think we only had a few strikeouts. We put the ball in play. We didn’t have a lot of popups; we just hit it right to people. I think we gave their shortstop plenty of action today.”
TC also dropped the second game in the doubleheader, 10-4.