LEESBURG -- The Lowndes Vikettes opened the offensive floodgates early Tuesday afternoon, then dodged raindrops long enough to take a season-opening 11-2 win over Lee County in a game shortened to six innings by the weather.
Lowndes (1-0, 1-0) scored five times in the top of the first inning and never looked back despite getting only five hits. Lee County (0-1, 0-1) committed three errors and walked several batters. The Vikettes scored in every inning except the fourth.
Amy Gaiss went 1-for-2 and had 3 RBIs to lead Lowndes. Shelli Sirmans finished 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Brittany Lindsey (1-0) went 5 1/3 innings for the victory. She gave up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out six Lady Trojans.
The Vikettes open their home schedule Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against Coffee before beginning play in the Jordan High tournament Friday in Columbus.
Tuesday's junior varsity contest was rained out.
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The Valdosta High Lady Wildcats didn't get to start their season as scheduled Tuesday when afternoon rains washed out the season opener in Moultrie. The Lady Wildcats will try again to get the 2001 season started at 4 p.m. Thursday at home versus Bainbridge. No makeup date for the Colquitt County game has been announced. ... With only two juniors and no seniors, the Clinch County High Lady Panthers took their lumps in their first varsity fast-pitch softball doubleheader. Worth County won 16-7 and 16-4. Clinch County will host the Lady Rams in another doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
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