The Trojans (4-0) got going on Friday with a 5-0 sweep of Screven County, with Garrett Brown, Mark Swindle and Sam Campbell all earning wins in singles, while Tayler Ayers/J.T. Grillo and Joseph Hendricks/Conner Mount collected victories in doubles.
On Saturday morning, the Trojans had an intense battle with Savannah Country Day, starting the match with a pair of heartbreakers, with Brown and Swindle losing third set tie-breakers. Campbell and Ayers/Grill had convincing wins to knot things up at 2-all, setting the stage for the decisive match at No. 2 doubles. The pairing of Hendricks and Mount rallied back from a loss in the opening set and trailed 5-2 in the second set before storming back for a 7-5 win and then claiming the victory with a 10-7 triumph in the third set.
In the championship match against Union Grove, Carrollton won a 4-1 decision, getting wins from Brown and Swindle in singles play, along with Ayers/Grillo and Hendricks/Mount in doubles action.
Carrollton had its match on Tuesday at Shaw suspended due to rain.
Carrollton girls' tennis: The Lady Trojans (3-1) finished in third place at the Jekyll Jam, opening with a 4-1 win over Union Grove, where Kat Burger and Jamie Bryant collected singles victories, while Sarah Beth Alford/Katey Brooks and Alex Robinson/Jessica Dewberry swept the doubles action.
On Saturday afternoon, Columbus won a 4-1 battle over Carrollton, with Robinson/Dewberry earning the only Lady Trojan win. Carrollton rebounded behind a 3-2 victory over Screven County in the third-place match, getting wins from Burger and Alford in singles, along with Brooks/Bryant at No. 1 doubles.
All three local prep baseball games got washed out Tuesday, including a pair of Region 5-AA showdowns. Bowdon’s region battle at rival Bremen has been rescheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m., while Temple and Heard County are working on a make-up date to play in Franklin. Mt. Zion also had its road game at Mt. Pisgah called just before it was set to start. The Eagles haven’t set a make-up date for Tuesday’s rainout. MZ will play at Douglas County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and host the Region 6A-A opener on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Christian Heritage.
Fresh off its first state championship in program history, the Holy Ground Baptist Academy softball team picked up right where it left off last season, earning a 16-0, three-inning victory over Crosspointe Christian Academy this past Friday.
The Lady Stallions (1-0) pounded out 16 hits, including a combined six triples and home runs, led by Payton Lovvorn, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and five RBI. Joining the hit parade was Abbygale Garrison, who had two hits and three RBI.
Lady Stallion hurler Hatti Yarbrough tossed all three innings, yielding no hits and fanning seven of the 10 batters she faced.
Holy Ground coach Greg Yancey said it was a strong start to another promising season.
“We hit the cover off the ball, ran the bases well and got outstanding pitching. If we can continue to do those things well, we will have a great shot at competing for another state title,” Yancey said.
Holy Ground returns to the diamond Thursday against Grace Baptist Christian School in Powder Springs. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.