VALDOSTA -- It's the last thing the Lowndes softball faithful needed to see.
The Vikettes had just taken a 4-0 lead in the second inning of their Region 1-AAAAA opener with Colquitt County.
Two outs and one strike into the third, Alden Pope delivered her pitch -- then came up hurt.
"She's got a couple of things going on," Lowndes head coach Jared Dickey said of his top pitcher. "When I went out and checked on her, she had rolled her ankle. She's been battling a strained quad.
"I probably let her go too long tonight, probably should have come out in the fourth or fifth. She didn't want to come out, but we got the runs in the sixth and I felt comfortable."
She threw three-straight balls before getting the strikeout to end the third, part of a string of 13 consecutive outs Pope had through the fifth inning. Meanwhile, her teammates got four more runs and allowed her to sit out the seventh inning. Lowndes High went on to defeat Colquitt County High, 8-1, in a Region 1-AAAAA game Tuesday at Lowndes.
The win was Lowndes High's 52nd straight region victory without a loss.
The Vikettes (3-3, 1-0) got eight hits off pitchers Joni Carroll and Leigh Norman, who came in in the second.
Lowndes scored two runs in the second on wild pitches, a third on Amanda Parsons' infield single and a fourth on an infield throwing error.
Lowndes added single runs in the fourth and fifth, and two in the sixth.
"We didn't score a lot of runs Saturday (at the Jordan High tournament) and we hit a little lull (after the second)," said Dickey. "We relaxed ... and we've got to hit it every inning instead of hitting in spurts."
Amy Brightwell had two hits, including a double to lead off the second. Arrica Dallas had an RBI single in the sixth. Courtesy runner Haley Gay scored twice.
Pope struck out six, walking none and handled six balls hit back to her. Samantha Burdette and Morgan Jones had back-to-back two-out hits in the first, but failed to score.
Lowndes is at Lee Co. Thursday for a non-region game.
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