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Alexander finishes season with playoff berth
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 24, 2012 05:48 PM | 5126 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alexander High varsity softball third baseman Rachael Tenney throws to first during a recent game.
Alexander High varsity softball third baseman Rachael Tenney throws to first during a recent game.
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Finishing 19-13-1, the Alexander Cougars have wrapped up their season after advancing to the state high school softball playoffs.

The Lady Cougars lost in the first round Oct. 10 to Lumpkin County in two games by scores of 8-1 and 9-3.

While scores don’t always reflect the effort put out by a team, in this case head softball coach Zachary Graham said the scores pretty much tell it, as his team was just outplayed.

“I feel we got beat. Honestly, they outhit us, they outpitched us and they played better defense. They were the better team on Wednesday night. That is not to say we wouldn’t be better than them on Thursday. Unfortunately there is no Thursday night,” Graham said.

Alexander became the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA after losing to Columbus Oct. 4 for the region championship.

Along the way it put together strings of four straight and six straight wins in September, including 18-0 over Sandy Creek and 16-1 and 9-2 victories over Fayette County.

A number of players did well statistically and led the team throughout the season. Sydnee Council was tops in batting average with .429. Council was also one of the pitchers for Alexander and finished the season with an ERA of 1.91 and 81 strikeouts. The other pitcher for the team was Kelci Daniel and she finished the season with an ERA of 2.27 and 62 strikeouts. Allie Hinchman had the highest fielding percentage for the season with .980. Nikki Miller led the team in home runs for the season with six and led in RBIs with 29.

The last time Alexander made it to the state playoffs was in 2010 where they beat Sequoyah in the first round and fell to Loganville in round two. Regardless of the outcome of this year’s playoff games, Graham said he was proud of his team for advancing to the tournament and felt they had a good season overall.

“It felt great. We had a great year. Any time you make it to the state tournament you probably had a good season,” Graham said. “You just tip the cap and move on.

"I am disappointed in the outcome of the game but not these girls. I would not trade them for anyone.”
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