Jessica Gallmon pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10, Chelsey Ogles had three hits and the Whitfield All-Stars scored eight runs in the sixth inning to rout Cedartown, 11-0, and capture the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association 5th district softball championship on Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Park.

Whitfield advances to the 13-14 girls state tournament on July 13-15 in Griffin.

The only hits off Gallmon were infield singles by leadoff hitter Katie Brown, the only player in Cedartown’s starting lineup that didn’t strikeout in the title game.

“In this age group, she’s the best around here,” Whitfield coach Tim Trew said. “That’s my opinion. She’s going to Northwest next year and she’ll be able to make an impact right away.”

Gallmon retired the first six she faced, but had to leave the mound for the third inning due to GRPA pitching restrictions. For every eight innings a pitcher works, she has to have four innings of rest. Gallmon pitched in both games on Tuesday and had a combined 13 strikeouts in two victories.

Brown was the only player to reach base against Gallmon, who struck out the side in the second and two two strikeouts in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

“Jessica is great,” Trew said. “I gambled (Tuesday) night with her innings, but it paid off tonight.”

Ogles pitched the third and faced only three batters. Kayleigh Becker reached on an error, but was eventually thrown out at home plate trying to score on an errant pitch and she then turned the pitching over to Gallmon for the rest of the way.

“This was Chelsey’s night, too,” Trew said.

Whitfield, which outscored its three tournament opponents 33-8, took a 1-0 lead in the second when Bwembya Chibuye reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Ogles’ triple to deep center field.

Paige Thompson singled and Amanda Rector reached on an error in the third. Both runners scored on another Cedartown error.

Cedartown hung around until Whitfield decided to put the game out of reach with its big sixth inning.

Keisha Manis started the uprising with a walk and went to third on Ogles’ hit to center. Manis later scored from third on a wild pitch and Thompson’s hit scored another run. When Rector reached on an error, Gallmon and Thompson scored. Gallmon was safe when she struck out and reached on a passed ball.

Jill Hobbs’ singled pushed Rector across, Hobbs scored on Carly Burns’ double and Burns scored on Savannah Pierce’s hit.

A passed ball and a wild pitch produced Whitfield’s final two runs.

And Trew started thinking about a state championship.

“We’re looking forward to going down to Griffin,” he said. “We’ve been down there before. We’re going to have some fun but we’re going to take care of business.”

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