Tinsley 500 Ks

George Walton pitcher Taylor Tinsley, seen above with her father, Keith, and mother, Denise, recorded her 500th career strikeout during a 7-2 win over Mount de Sales in Game 2 of Saturday doubleheader.

If there was any doubt that GWA could compete for a state title this year, it was erased Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Bulldogs swept defending Class A-Private state champion Mount de Sales in a doubleheader to improve to 8-1 on the season. In addition to the sweep, reigning Tribune Player of the Year, Taylor Tinsley, recorded her 500th career strikeout thanks to an 11 strikeout performance in Game 2.

Tinsley pitched a complete game, allowing just two earned runs, during the 7-2 win in Game 2 which followed an impressive pitching performance by Caroline Conner during a 6-1 win in Game 1. Conner also threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts.

But it was on offense where GWA had the most impressive performance on Saturday. Sophomore Riley Wilson went 5-for-7 with four RBIs and two runs scored on the day including a triples in both contests and two doubles in Game 2. Conner helped herself in Game 1, blasting a solo home run to right in the fifth.

Reign Williams also had an impressive day at the plate, going a perfect 3-for-3 in Game 2 after going 1-for-3 in Game 1.

Tinsley, Alana Griffith and Hayden Stancil also recorded hits for the Lady Dawgs during the doubleheader.

George Walton returns to action Thursday on the road at St. Francis before returning home next week to face Providence Christian.

Brett Fowler is the sports editor of The Walton Tribune. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia and a 2010 graduate of Monroe Area High School. Brett has been covering Walton County sports since 2011.

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