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SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS RECAP

State title hopes continue for four local softball teams

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Class 7A

Lambert over Mill Creek (2-3, 2-1, 1-0) — Lambert advanced to the second round of the state playoffs after downing Mill Creek, last year’s state runner up, in three games.

Lambert dropped Game 1 after an RBI double in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference in Mill Creek’s 3-2 win.

In Game 2, Lambert got their own seventh-inning heroics.

With the game tied at 1-1, Kassidy Krupit hit a two-out double. Allie Sewell would be brought in as a courtesy runner for Krupit and scored on a Lindsey Nelson single to right field.

Krupit, who pitched a complete game for the Lady Longhorns, then sealed the win by forcing three straight outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Krupit got the start again in Game 3, throwing another complete game. Krupit allowed seven hits and struck out three in seven innings.

Game 3 featured a pitching duel. Lambert only managed four hits in the game, but once again it was Krupit proving to be the difference.

Her lead off home-run on the second pitch of the game was the only run in Lambert’s 1-0 win.

Collins Hill over Forsyth Central (3-2, 6-2) — After making its first playoff appearance since 2013, Forsyth Central took an early exit after being swept by Collins Hill in the first round of the state playoffs.

Central led 1-0 on a wild pitch in Game 1, but Collins Hill would plate three runners in the fifth and sixth inning to lead 3-1. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Bulldogs put a runner on thanks to a Collins Hill error before Sadie Waters hit a single to drive in a run.

With the tying runner on first with two outs, a strikeout ended Central’s hopes for a comeback win as they fell 3-2.

In Game 2, Collins Hill took an early lead with a home run off Central starter Bailey McCachren. Central would take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Waters triple.

The home run ball would cost Central in the top of the fifth when Collins Hill hit a two-run shot to reclaim the lead. After scoring a run in the sixth, another two-run home run put the Eagles up 6-2.

Three straight ground outs from Central in the bottom of the seventh ended the Lady Bulldogs season.

North Gwinnett over North Forsyth (6-1, 9-4) — North Forsyth gave up 19 hits to North Gwinnett in their two-game series last Thursday, ending the Lady Raiders’ season.

North Gwinnett’s Chandler Dennis struck out 11 in her win in Game 1. All six of North Gwinett’s runs came in the bottom of the second with six hits, including a two-run home run.

Game 2 saw North Forsyth attempt to come back after surrendering an early lead, but their bid was too little too late.

North Gwinnett scored nine runs through the top of the fifth inning, including five extra-base hits.

The Lady Raiders would plate four runners in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double from Abby Martin, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly, but it would be the last of their offense as they fell 9-4.

South Forsyth over Mountain View (5-4, 3-2) — South Forsyth is on to the second round again after winning two close contests against Mountain View in last Thursday’s doubleheader.

South trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Makenna Segal hit a solo home run to tie the game with two out.

In the bottom of the ninth, South loaded the bases with two outs for Jordyn Harris. A single from Harris drove in the winning run.

In Game 2, South jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Mountain View tied the game with two straight RBI doubles in the fourth.

The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the seventh.

Morgan Kilmer opened the half inning with a single. She was at third when an attempted pick-off from Mountain View’s catcher went past third base, allowing Kilmer to score the walk-off run.

Class 6A

Dacula over Chatthoochee (8-0, 3-2) — For the second straight year, Chattahoochee softball lost its first-round playoff series and dropped the Lady Cougars from contention.

Dacula defeated Hooch in Game 1 after a four-run first inning led to enacting the mercy rule. The Lady Falcons added four more runs through the fourth inning.

The Lady Cougars couldn’t get any offense going against Dacula’s Sydney Boulware who allowed a single hit and struck out seven in five innings.

Game 2 would be much closer, but it would result in another loss for Hooch.

Dacula scored on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first, but Hooch responded with an RBI double and scored on an error to lead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Neither team would have much offensive until the top of the fifth when Dacula hit a two-run home run to take a 3-2 lead.

With their season on the line in the bottom of the seventh, Hooch opened the inning with a double, but two strikeouts and a groundout ended their hopes of continuing their season.

Cambridge over Lanier (5-4, 11-0) — Defending state champions Cambridge are on to the second round after downing Lanier in two games to open the playoffs.

Genevieve Dumas pitched two complete games for the Lady Bears, including a shortened Game 2 in which she gave up just two hits.

In a back-and-forth Game 1, Cambridge trailed 4-3 after Lanier scored three runs off four hits in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Bears still trailed by a run in the bottom of the seventh, but a single from Liz Seymour and two walks loaded the bases with two outs. Down to their final out, Lindsey Smith hit a single to drive in Audrey Smith to tie the game.

An error on the subsequent throw to first allowed Luci Allen to score from third and gave Cambridge the dramatic, comeback win.

Game 2 was a blowout ending with the run rule after the fifth inning.

Lindsey Smith went 3-4 with three RBIs and Audrey Smith and Liz Seymour each had two RBIs as Cambridge scored five runs in the second and fourth innings.

Class 4A

Madison Co. over Blessed Trinity (6-0, 5-0) — Blessed Trinity found itself on the wrong end of a first-round sweep for the second straight year after being shutout in two games by Madison County.

Madison scored all six of their Game 1 runs in the second inning, and BT committed five errors in the game, allowing the Red Raiders to take the win off just two hits.

In Game 2, Madison scored consistently to open a 5-0 lead after six innings, the final score.

BT’s pitching staff allowed 11 runs, while the Lady Titans had five hits. Hanley Lomax went 3-3 in the loss.

Class A-Private

Savannah Christian over King’s Ridge (5-3, 2-5, 3-11) — King’s Ridge made its first appearance in the postseason and won its first playoff game, but the Lady Tigers took an early exit after falling to Savannah Christian in the final two games.

King’s Ridge got off to a hot start with Brook Anderson going 4-4 with two runs scored and Hannah Miracle going 2-3 with an RBI to power the Lady Tigers to a 5-3 win in Game 1.

Game 2 featured less offense early, with Savannah leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth, but the game would open up late. Savannah scored five runs in the next three innings to force a decisive Game 3.

Savannah led 2-1 in Game 3, but multiple hits coupled with two throwing errors from King’s Ridge allowed the Raiders to score nine runs in the top of the fifth.

The Lady Tigers scored two in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to keep the game going due to the run-rule.

Mt. de Sales over Fellowship Christian (11-3, 9-1) — Fellowship Christian earned its second playoff berth in three years but was eliminated in the first round again after dropping two games to Mount de Sales.

The Lady Cavaliers used 10 hits and four errors from Fellowship Christian in Game 1, powering them to an 11-3 win. Fellowship trailed 4-3 after four innings, but the Lady Cavaliers scores two runs in the bottom of the fifth and five runs off four hits in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by run rule.

In Game 2, Mount de Sales scored six runs in the top of the second with five doubles and a single, allowing them to cruise to the win, also shortened by the run rule. Fellowship’s lone run came on a Baylor Aycock RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

Mount Pisgah (BYE)


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