Banks County just needed one win on Saturday morning or afternoon, but dropped both to Oglethorpe, whose only shot of making the playoffs was winning both games. It was worst case for the Leopards and best case for Oglethorpe, and both came to fruition with 5-2 and 5-3 losses for Banks County.
The Leopards (12-14; 6-6 in 8-AA) entered the two-game set with a 6-4 record in region play, while Oglethorpe was 4-6. Both teams were fighting for the #4 spot in the region and a state playoff bid.
With both teams now at 6-6 and no region games left on the slate, Oglethorpe (13-12; 6-6) snatched the last playoff spot, pushing Banks County to fifth in the standings.
Friday night, Rabun County split with Social Circle to help clear up the region standings for the state playoffs. Elbert Count swept Putnam County in a two-game series as well, so while yesterday saw three teams tied atop the standings at 7-3 in region play, today all things are clear.
Elbert County is the region champion (9-3), Social Circle is second at 8-4, Rabun third at 8-4 and Oglethorpe fourth at 6-6. Social Circle and Rabun were tied in region record and head-to-head wins (one each), but Social Circle scored more runs that the Wildcats (8-4) to get the second seed. That means Rabun will be forced to open the Class 2A playoffs on the road.
Banks County will close its season next week, with three games (non-region) remaining. They’ll play at Monroe Area on Wednesday, vs Monroe at home on Thursday and again on the home field Friday against Walhalla.