By Dallas Bordon
Madison County's winning pitcher Dani Lukas said she has never been to Florida.
That's about to change for Madison County's winning pitcher of all four games of the senior all star state tournament. Lukas moved to Madison County from New York and has only seen parts of the south. She will be packing her bags soon as the Madison County Senior League All-Stars punched their ticket to the regionals beginning July 27 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Madison County swept this week's state tournament, winning four straight, capped off with a title championship 6-2 win Thursday over District 8 champion Pioneer of Columbus. Lukas pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out four. Lukas contributed at the plate by delivering a key two-run double in the sixth inning pushing Madison County out in front 5-2. Elizabeth Stoyle led Madison County with three hits followed by two from Brianna Morgan and one each from Tatum Harris, Taylor Garrison, Kayla Argo, and Lukas.
On defense, Argo flashed some leather in the top of the first inning by making a diving catch to kill a Pioneer threat.
Madison County posted the game’s first run in the first inning. Pioneer tied the game in the fourth and added their final run in the top of the sixth. Madison County scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings before delivering the knockout punch with Lukas's double in the sixth inning.
Madison County will now represent Georgia in the Southeast Regional Tournament July 28. Madison County will face North Carolina in the first game at 11:30 a.m. Madison County finishes the state tournament outscoring its opponents 42-9.
See the complete championship game recap in the July 26 Journal.