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Gators get drenched at home
vickery winds up corrected
Bulloch Academy pitcher Madelyn Vickery, a junior, fires off a pitch in a lightning- and rain-delayed game Thursday in Statesboro. It was the home opener for the Lady Gators. - photo by RAHN HUTCHESON/Special to the Herald

    The Lady Gators still haven’t had a chance to finish a regular-season softball game.
    For the second time this week, rain and lightning postponed an early-season region game and kept Bulloch’s softball season on hold.
    On Tuesday in Sandersville, Brentwood had a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when the game was postponed due to rain and lightning.
    On Thursday in Statesboro, Gatewood had a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh when the contest was halted.
    The squads had weathered a 43-minute lightning postponement and a short rain delay. When action resumed, another lightning flash caused stoppage of play. During this delay, a torrential downpour made the field unplayable and washed out the game.
    Bulloch had just rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Gatewood lead to one.
    In the inning, Marianna Peebles blasted a single to left, Kaleigh Sisolak reached on an error and Ashlee Lanier singled to right center. But Ally Cheshire’s sharp line drive to second was snagged by GW’s Laura Wade, who then caught Lanier leaning off first for the second out. Junior Haley Mock knocked a single down the right-field line, scoring both Peebles and Sisolak.
    Gatewood (3-1 overall and 1-0 in region play) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.  Wade walked, advanced to second on a ground out and scored when Caitlyn Hayes singled to center off starter Madelyn Vickery.
    In the sixth, Vickery got two quick outs, walked Hannah Chapman and had a 2-1 count on Jordan Chandler when the first delay began.
    When play resumed, Chandler singled up the middle and Hayes walked to load the bases. The rain began to fall when Vickery faced Brooke Chandler. She had a 2-0 count on her when the rain came harder and Lauren Dennard was brought on to pitch. GW scored two runs with two base-on-balls and a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.  
    Because the games were GISA Region 4-AAA contests, both will have to be played to their conclusions and will resume at the points where they were stopped. The games will be played at dates to be determined.
    Bulloch hosts non-region opponent Mount de Sales today at 4:30 p.m.