Heritage softball reaches region title game

— A two-week break from games didn’t prevent the Heritage softball team from getting one step closer to a region championship. Kierra Camp tossed a two-hit shut out, then followed with a five-inning perfect game as the Patriots swept rival Salem, 2-0 and 9-0 Wednesday in the semi finals of the Region 8-AAAAA Tournament.

Heritage will play host Loganville for the region title tonight at 7:00 p.m. Before that, Salem battles Apalachee at 5:00 p.m. to determine the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds.

Camp needed her best stuff in the opener as Heritage didn’t score until Taylor Moser’s two-run double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth accounted for the only runs of the game. Camp, who struck out 13 and allowed just two hits, didn’t bother allowing any base runners in the nightcap, striking out seven in five dominant frames.

“Kierra, she had her good stuff, thank god she did the first game,” said Heritage coach Jason McBay, whose team extended its winning streak to nine games and improved to 28-2. “We had some really good defensive plays in the second game.”

Salem (10-17) had already qualified for a state tournament berth buy reaching the semi finals with a sweep of Flowery Branch in the second round. The Seminoles are hoping to avenge an 8-6 loss to Apalachee September 19.