In Tifton, Lowndes High's boys soccer team defeated Tift County 3-1 in a game that was ended at halftime by a downpour.

The Vikings got goals from Matt Parnell, Kurtis Schmidt and Ryan Townson in the victory.

Despite the victory, the Vikings (11-6-1, 8-1-1 region) wound up second in Region 1-AAAAA. Lowndes needed Houston County to tie or lose to Colquitt County Friday, but Houston won 3-2 on a penalty kick in the final minutes.

Lowndes will host its first-round playoff game against Savannah Jenkins next Thursday.

Lowndes' girls wound up tying Tift 0-0 Friday. The game was halted with 1:10 to play because of lightning, and never resumed.

With the tie, the Vikettes (7-6-3, 5-4-1 region) finish third in 1-AAAAA. They will hit the road to play the loser of Friday's Glynn Academy - Windsor Forest game next Friday.



BASEBALL

Hornets use their Ray gun

In Adel, Justin Ray blasted two home runs, and had five RBI to lead Cook to a 7-3 victory over Lake City (Fla.) Columbia Friday.

Ray hit a three-run homer and a two-run shot for the Hornets. Will Wright also hit a solo homer for Cook.

The winning pitcher was Jonathan Fulghum. Fulghum and Wright, who got the save, combined to hold Columbia to one earned run on eight hits. Fulghum also went 3-for-4 at the plate, and scored a run. Kyle Hamilton was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Brandon Mainor went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Cook (13-5, 7-0 Region 1-AA) travels to archrival Berrien on Tuesday.



Bulldogs bite Pelham

In Lakeland, Lanier stopped Pelham 14-4 in six innings on Friday. The Bulldogs (13-7, 6-2 in Region 1-A) cracked two home runs and coach John White said Jake Purvis should have added the third, but it was ruled a ground rule double. Purvis went 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Sylvester West also went 2-for-3, slamming a two-run blast in the second that put Lanier up 5-0. The Bulldogs salted away the game with five runs in the fifth and ended it by scoring four times in the sixth without making an out.

Greg Sealey belted a three-run homer in the first to send starter Nathan Bass on the way to his fifth win. The freshman right-hander didn't allow an earned run and struck out five.

The Bulldogs meet Clinch County on Tuesday in Homerville.



Hamilton owns the long ball

The Hamilton County (Fla.) Trojans knocked two balls out of the park to close their district schedule with a 9-4 win against Chiefland. Ignacio Zamora put his team ahead for good with his fourth home run of the season, a a three-run bomb in the fifth that broke a 4-all tie. Austin Gaver slammed a two-run dinger in the sixth, his fourth, for the final margin.

The two tied Jamie Garcia for the team lead in homers for the Trojans (14-6, 10-2 in district), who own 20 as a team.

Daniel Deas went the distance and struck out 10 to improve to 5-1. Hamilton hosts a split doubleheader in Jasper on Monday, starting with Jefferson County at 4 p.m., followed by Madison County at 7.



SOFTBALL

In Huntsville, Ala., the University of Alabama-Huntsville completed a three-game sweep of Valdosta State by taking both ends of a doubleheader Friday, 13-7 and 5-1.

In the first game, the Blazers came out swinging, scoring seven times in the first two innings to grab a 7-0 lead. In the first inning, the Blazers loaded the bases, then Robin Williams blasted a grand slam to center field, her 12th homer of the season. In the second inning, Holly Willis and Williams had RBI singles, and Melissa Santana scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

But the lead wouldn't last. The Lady Chargers climbed back into the game with a six-run third, highlighted by Amy Harris' three-run homer. UAH tied the score with a run in the fourth, and took the lead with another run in the fifth. Then they put the game away with five runs in the sixth, including another three-run homer, this one by Jenny Hess.

After the early seven runs, relief pitcher Lindsey Skinner (18-8) came in and shut out the Blazers the rest of the way. Kristen Lindsey (3-9) took the loss, also in relief.

For the Blazers, Williams was 2-for-5 with five RBI. Willis was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Santana also went 3-for-4 with two runs, and Jessie Ortiz was 2-for-3.

In Game 2, the Blazers took the early 1-0 lead on Caroline Cripe's solo home run to left center in the second inning. But UAH came right back with a four-run bottom of the second, getting two-run homers from Christy Andrews and Ashley Tate, and never trailed again.

Cripe, Santana and Brooke Davis each went 2-for-3 for the Blazers. Amanda Edwards (9-18) went the distance, allowing eight hits and four earned runs, striking out six. Jenni Smithson (14-2) was the winning pitcher for UAH.

UAH had defeated VSU 11-3 Thursday.

Valdosta State (22-37, 11-13 Gulf South Conference) travels to West Georgia for a doubleheader today and a single game Sunday.

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