Valdosta State softball pitcher Brianna Hancock was named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week Tuesday.
Hancock (10-4) earned her first-career honor following a dominating performance against West Florida last Saturday, where she struck out a career-high 12 batters in the Blazers’ 4-1 win. Hancock, who has won 24 of her 29 career decisions, allowed just five hits, no earned runs and walked just one in the win.
The Blazers, ranked fourth nationally, host West Alabama Saturday (2 p.m.) and Alabama-Huntsville Sunday (1 p.m.).
Lowndes girls blank Coffee
DOUGLAS — Lowndes’ girls soccer team improved to 5-0 in Region 1-6A, defeating Coffee 4-0 on Tuesday.
Lowndes took a 1-0 lead when Hannah Jo Isaacson scored off of a corner kick by Ashley Miller in the 15th minute. In the 25th minute, Katie Willis found Liz Lott, who got a breakaway and beat the goalie, giving the Vikettes a 2-0 lead. In the 50th minute, Miller scored from 30 yards out. Five minutes later, Lott passed to Melissa Glisson for a goal, making the final score 4-0.
Lowndes outshot Coffee 24-0 in the win.
The Vikettes (10-2) will host Perry on Friday at Martin Stadium.
Valwood girls tie, boys beat Tiftarea
TIFTON — The Valwood girls' varsity soccer team earned a 2-2 tie in non-region action against Tiftarea Tuesday night, while the Valiants earned a 3-0 win over the Panthers. Mary Alice Smoot and Hollis Waldron scored the goals for the Lady Valiants. In the boys' game, Zack Savino scored a pair of goals, one assisted by eighth grader Ty Petermann. The Valiants' third goal came off the foot of Chase Blitch. The Valiants are now 6-1 on the season. Both Valwood teams visit Brookwood Friday night.
Valdosta JV routs Lincoln
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Valdosta’s junior varsity baseball team routed Lincoln 12-1 in six innings.
Valdosta’s Austin Lieupo pitched all six innings, and allowed one run and four hits, while striking out five. Lieupo also went 3 for 4 at the plate and drove in two runs. Kenyan Miller went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs for the Wildcats. Jacob McMillan was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. John Eager went 2 for 2.
Valdosta (13-4) will travel to Tallahassee again on Saturday for games against Leon and Chiles.
Russell Brown Jr. wins at Needmore
NORMAN PARK — In the season opener at Needmore Speedway, Russell Brown Jr. took a page from the movie “Field of Dreams.” Driving cars that his father built, Brown won both the Late Model and Limited Late Model features at Needmore Speedway.
According to Brown, a 34-year driver from Valdosta, he had never won both classes in the same night until last week. In the other divisions, Brian Hansford won the Super Street feature with Zane Johnson finishing second. The Hobby Class saw young Ronnie Lee Newsome hold off his his father, Lee, to win. Wesley Burke took the checkered flag in the Enduro Class, while Lonnie Roberts won the Old School Late Model Division in his brand new car. The open wheel modified Skeeter cars made their first appearance of the season, and although there was just six that started the feature, eventual winner Martin Sapp of Quitman had his hands full with Ronnie Lieupo on his bumper the whole night.
Racing resumes April 20th at Needmore Speedway with a full slate of stock car racing in all six divisions.