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Heritage tops Salem in region tourney

The second-seeded Heritage softball team defeated the sixth-seeded Salem Seminoles with two home victories Wednesday night.

The Patriots won the first game 2-0 before finishing off Salem in the best-of-three series, 9-0.

The Seminoles, who are now 10-17 overall and 3-7 in region play, couldn't find their groove offensively as the Patriots and junior pitcher Kierra Camp kept them at bay.

Camp orchestrated the Patriots shutout from the mound in both games with five strikeouts in game one and four in game two.

After defeating Flowery Branch 8-0 and 8-1 in the first matchup of the region tournament, the Seminoles had come into Wednesday's first game riding a three-game winning streak. But after the Patriots junior first basemen Taylor Moser's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning in game one, the Seminoles streak was over.

Game two also belonged to the Patriots, as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to freshman third baseman Kamryn Toney's RBI single. From there, the Patriots bats picked it up as they poured it on in the top of the second.

Three unforced errors on the Seminoles part, allowed for the Patriots to make it on base which set up yet another rally for Heritage. First basemen Taylor Moser, shortstop Diamond Callwood, designated hitter Heidi Shepherd and left fielder Nielah Floyd all added to the Patriots lead with a plethora of RBI's. Moser led the way, driving in four runs on the day.

Led by first year head coach Jason McBay, who took over for Dickey Hightower in the offseason, the Patriots are 28-2 and now 9-1 in region play having only lost 3-2 to Loganville on Sept. 13.

Having already reached the state playoffs in 2011 and the second round of state playoffs in 2010, the Patriots will look to make another deep playoff run this season.