Note: Head coach Taylor Barber called in details of Tift’s weekend just after Sunday’s sports pages were sent to press.
MADISON — Tift County split softball games Friday afternoon, and, in doing so, the Lady Devils picked up their first win over the regular season.
Newton defeated Tift at Morgan County High, 11-6. In the other game, the Lady Devils beat hosts Morgan, 8-5.
"We played pretty well in both contests," said Barber.
Morgan took a 2-0 lead in the first frame. Tift responded in the second to take a commanding 7-2 lead. "We really put it on them good with a seven-spot," he said.
According to the team’s GameChanger account, seven different players had RBIs, two coming from Josie Bullington.
Kloie Varnadoe hit an RBI pinch hit double, which Barber said provided a big spark.
Paige Hill pitched a complete game. None of the five runs surrendered were earned. Hill, he said, "did an awesome job in the circle. She was great."
Tift led Newton 6-5 through five innings Friday, but fell prey to a six-run sixth. Davis drove in two runs. Meagan Taylor and Madison Smith pitched.
The Lady Devils fell, 10-0, to Eastside High of Covington Saturday afternoon.
"Eastside was very well coached," he said. A Bullington double was Tift's lone hit, but Barber said they settled in at the plate after their first at-bats against Kailey Rusk of Eastside.
All in all, Barber said of the weekend, there were "a lot of good things we got to see."
Tift travels to Coffee Monday before hosting Worth County Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Coffee had a scant 3-1 lead through six innings before a big seventh gave them an 11-1 win. Barber thinks knowing they can play with the Lady Trojans is giving them extra momentum.
"They have an extra pep in their sep," he said.