The Rockdale softball team was eliminated from the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs in a double-header sweep Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded Harrison Hoyas, who upset No. 1 seed Tift County last week, defeated the No. 2 seed and host Bulldogs 9-0 and 14-2.
The Hoyas (20-11) put forth a stellar all-around effort that started at the pitcher's circle. Bridgette Rainey pitched a perfect game for Harrison with nine strikeouts and no hits or runs as they Hoyas shutout the Bulldogs in five innings.
The Bulldogs (18-4), who also swept their first round opponent Douglas County, just couldn't get anything going both offensively and defensively.
Bulldogs pitcher Miasia Mayer struggled on the mound through both games as the Hoyas bats decimated her arsenal of pitches with every inning. Mayers struggles were on full display in the second game as she gave up back to back home runs in the bottom of the second inning, one of which was a grand slam.
Rattled on defense, the Bulldogs couldn't find a way to plug the holes in left,right and center field as the Hoyas consistently found the gaps and put runners on base. The Bulldogs interior defense didn't provide much help either as their infield errors turned into scoring opportunities for the Hoyas.
At first glance, it seemed as if the Bulldogs were going to tie up the series as they hit the field for the second game. The first inning belonged to them as their bats activity picked up, resulting in them taking their first lead of the night.
As quick as they had warmed up was as quick as they were cooled off by the hot Hoyas bats that had scorned them in the first game. The downward spiral continued for Bulldogs throughout the rest of the final game until the mercy rule brought the game to a close in the fourth inning.