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SEB finishes tournament with loss
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Wayne County’s Brittany Dear (11) lines out to Southeast Bulloch third baseman Christina Finnegan during action Friday at the 16-team Battle in the ‘Boro softball tournament at Mill Creek. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (4-3) dropped the consolation game against East Laurens 5-1 in the Silver Bracket of the 2007 Battle in the ‘Boro Tournament Saturday at Mill Creek.
    The Lady Falcons scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings taking advantage of some aggressive base running and a few SEB errors and breaking the game wide open.
    With the game tied at one heading into the bottom of the fourth the Falcons put together a rally. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt put Crystal Knight on second, Ashlei Johnson singled to left. A Jacket error allowed Knight to score and sent Johnson all the way to third. Two batters later, another SEB fielding error allowed Johnson to cross the plate.
    It was more of the same in the fifth when, after a pair of base hits put runners on the corners, Laura Davis scored on Knight’s suicide squeeze and Chae Cehpus crossed the plate on an infield hit by Christy Giles.
    “We just did not execute hitting today,” said Southeast Bulloch head coach Aimee Civalier, “and we made a lot of errors. When you make errors, it’s tough to win.”
    The Jackets scored their lone run in the top of the third when Bridgett Devlin singled and stole second and Megan Barnwell’s RBI triple drove her in.
    Southeast Bulloch pitcher Ashley Clifton got the start. She pitched 51⁄3 innings, allowing eight hits, striking out seven and walking two. Barnwell relieved her, facing three hitters and striking out two.
    “We got into this tournament, because we wanted competitive games, so that when we get to sectionals and state, we felt like we would have gained some experience here,” said Civalier. “I think we did that. We had an opportunity to play some people in different positions. … I learned a lot. I hope they learned a lot. It was just a good all around five games.”

Effingham County 5, Southeast Bulloch 0
    Southeast Bulloch took on the Effingham County Lady Rebels in the game that decided who would play in the championship game of the Silver Bracket. While the Jackets were able to silence the ECHS bats for a majority of the game — a four-run third proved too much to overcome as the Rebels got the 5-0 win.
    Yellow Jacket pitcher Megan Barnwell got the start for SEB. She pitched three scoreless innings and struck out eight but allowed three hits and walked two in the error-filled bottom of the third.
    Rebel pitcher Shelby Duff got the scoring started when she took advantage of the deep Mill Creek fences and belted a 3-2 pitch deep into right and circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Kayla Calhoun followed that with a single up the middle. Whitney Smith walked and Marie Fogle reached on an error to load the bases for left fielder Mackenzi Golden.
    Golden singled to left, scoring two, and another error was committed on the throw home allowing Fogle to score.
    After another walk, Barnwell got out of the inning by striking out the next two batters.
    “We broke down defensively,” said SEB coach Aimee Civalier, “and didn’t make the plays. That’s the difference whenever you play a good ball team. Whoever makes the plays is going to win. We didn’t make the plays.”
    The Jackets finished the tournament at 2-3 with wins against Valdosta and Wayne County. They return to region play when they hit the road to take on Jefferson County on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404.