by | March 31, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: March 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Colleton County Middle School Junior Lady Cougars lost 16-6 against Branchville on March 14 in an away game. Dezyrae Woodbury started in the circle for CCMS, with relief provided by Zoey Robertson in the fifth inning. Tied going into the bottom of the fourth, Branchville scored runs in the fifth and sixth. Leading CCMS at the plate were Omari Kirkland, Robertson and Ashley Savage.
On Wednesday March 16, CCMS won a nail-biter against North District 11-10. Woodbury went the distance in the circle for seven innings of work, earning the win. At the bottom of the third, CCMS led 7-3. However, North District scored seven runs across the next four innings to make it 10-9 at the end of the sixth. CCMS rallied back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run homerun by Woodbury to break open the game.
Offensive leaders included Robertson, Kirkland and Lindsey Barnes.
“We played jam-up defense against North District, but the girls were slow coming around on their hits,” said Coach Janice Wright. “They stayed focus and got fired up at the plate.”
The Junior Lady Cougars participated in the CPA tournament held at ACE Basin Sports Complex on March 18-19. Against Thomas Heyward, CCMS took a 13-3 loss with Woodbury in the circle. Providing hits for CCMS were Hammonds, Robertson and Woodbury.
CCMS next played John Paul in the tournament and Woodbury earned the 5-3 win. Moore, Woodbury and McClain had hits in the game. “John Paul went to the plate first and collected three runs,” said Coach Wright. “We went on to shut them down and they did not earn another run.”
Following the win on Friday night, CCMS returned on Saturday morning to face Andrew Jackson. With Woodbury once again in the circle, she earned her second win of the tournament, 12-10. “Andrew Jackson came out strong in the first couple of innings to score nine runs,” said Coach Wright. “But they would add only one additional run in the third. The Junior Cougars were on fire with their sticks and had several hits.”
CCMS faced Thomas Heyward again — but with a much different outcome — earning an 8-5 win over the Rebels. Woodbury earned the W in the circle to advance the Junior Cougars to the championship game.
The Junior Cougars faced their host, the Colleton Prep JV team, in the championship game. They fell, 17-7, at the hands of CPA’s bats.
“Dezyrae tried to work her magic once again, as she started her third game of the day,” said Coach Wright. “She pitched a great tournament and has come a long way from last season. She pitched all five games of the tournament. Our big hitter, Shamorie Overton, came out of her hitting slump during the tournament. They played with a lot of heart and kept fighting to the end. Because of that determination and drive, we came home with some hardware to put in the trophy case.”
On March 23, the Jr. Lady Cougars defeated Hardeeville-Ridgeland, 18-1, on the road. Zoey Robertson earned the win, collecting six strikeouts and allowing just two hits.  Leading hitters for CCMS were Moore, Robertson, Overton, Woodbury, Behie, Holmes and Frazier.

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