Bell throws no-hitter in victory over Spalding

Mary Persons’ Kiambra Zellner slides home safely as the ball gets loose during a three-run bottom of the third inning in MP’s 9-0 shutout home win over Spalding on Thursday. (Photo/Richard Dumas)

The Mary Persons Lady Bulldogs softball team remains unbeaten in region play after a pair of shutout victories last week.

MP senior Megan Bell tossed a no-hitter on Thursday in a 9-0 home victory over Spalding. Bell had seven strikeouts in the victory and added a base hit at the plate.

MP’s offense was led by senior Alyssah Mullis, who hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning after MP had broken the game open with three runs in the bottom of the third.

The victory came two days after MP blanked Howard 9-0 on the road last Tuesday. Bell also threw a complete-game shutout against the Lady Huskies, yielding just three hits while striking out seven.

On offense, Mullis and junior Lori Smith led the way with a pair of hits each.

The Lady Dogs then stepped out of region play on Saturday for a pair of contests at Georgia Gwinnett College. MP fell 5-4 to Jones County before rebounding to defeat Apalachee 9-4 later in the afternoon.

MP, 9-5 overall (4-0 in Region 2-AAAA), is the only remaining unbeaten team in its region. West Laurens and Upson-Lee share second place with one loss each in the region.

The Lady Dogs were scheduled to head back on the road for a pair of Region 2-AAAA road contests this week. MP will travel to Perry at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday before going to West Laurens at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday. The Lady Dogs will then play a non-region doubleheader at Wesleyan College on Saturday. MP will face Northside (Warner Robins) at 11 a.m. and Rutland at 1 p.m. before hosting Pike County in a non-region matchup at 5:55 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

The MP JV Lady Dogs, who defeated Spalding 9-1 at home on Thursday, were next scheduled to travel to Perry at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The JV squad will then head back on the road on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. contest at West Laurens. The MP JV will then return home on Monday, Sept. 19 to face Pike County at 4:30 p.m.

The Monroe County Middle School softball team improved to 2-1 with an 11-5 road win over Henderson on Thursday. The C-Team Lady Dogs got their first win of the season on Sept. 1 in a 23-11 road win over Byron. The C-Team Lady Dogs were next scheduled to host Fort Valley Middle at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Monroe County will then play again at home at 5 p.m. on Thursday against Clifton Ridge.