This year, head coach Chad Parker wants to prepare his team for region play, which is why he signed the Lady Eagles up for the Dalton Tournament to face top competition.
Excel went 1-4 during the two-day tournament on Friday and Saturday.
“Our competition was good. We played in a pretty strong tournament with a bunch of ex-state champions in it and a lot of strong programs that were higher classifications than us,” Parker said. “We played good ball, did a lot of good things, but in the end, it wasn’t quite good enough.”
Excel lost both games Friday, falling 8-5 to South Gwinnett and 8-0 to Chattooga.
Lexie Adams had a double for one of Excel’s three hits against Chattooga.
The Lady Eagles hit much better against South Gwinnett as they tallied eight hits, including three by Savannah Sewell. Hannah Cauthen added a double and two RBIs in the game.
Excel had two errors in the game and had three against Chattooga
“We really didn’t play well at all on Friday,” Parker said. “I thought we could have won both of those games, but then we came back Saturday and played real good.”
Excel defeated Lovett by a score of 11-1 Saturday in four innings. Aliza Baker pitched and went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tessa Thornbrough also had three hits and Kalli Beth Scheff, Brighton McCollum and Sewell each added two. McCollum had three RBIs and two doubles in the game as well.
“We had a lot of good moments. Lexie Adams really swung the bat good. Aliza Baker, Brighton McCollum really swung it good,” Parker said. “We had a lot of good play and experience out of our freshmen. Kalli Beth Scheff really swung the bat good, had several hits, and Taylor Gibson, Rachel Parrot did good, too.”
Excel then lost to Forsyth Central by a score of 7-6 despite two hits, two RBIs and a double from Adams.
The Lady Eagles’ final game came against Northwest Whitfield, a 13-0 loss.
“They’re the two-time defending state champion in AAAA so they’re pretty good,” Parker said of Northwest. “But it’s good for us to see the speed of the game, good programs, so we definitely learned from it. I didn’t want to play a weak schedule because we want to be able to play at that level and we need to see what it’s like.
“I never get caught up early in the season with wins and losses. I just focus on the process that it takes to be a good team. We’ll go back to work on those things Monday and hopefully we’ll get better as the year goes on.”
Excel is now 2-4 on the season and will begin region play Tuesday at Christian Heritage.