September Power Rankings

Hard to believe the first month of the season is coming to a close. With enough action to clear up a bit of a blurry picture, we release our September Power Rankings a few days ahead of the new calendar month.

#1 BANKS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #1
RECORD: 10-0 (3-0)

The #1-state-ranked Lady Leopards are killing it in all facets of the game. We’re talking 84 runs scored against just 8 allowed over 10 games. That’s just unheard of. Kudos to Commerce at scoring 6 total runs against Banks County in two games combined. Tybee Denton is as good as she’s ever been, and this month earned two Player of the Week awards. She had a 21-strikeout shutout game against #1-ranked Jefferson (ON THE ROAD), and hit two homers in that game. Just the other day, she tossed a no-hitter and hit a homerun in that game too.

#2 JEFFERSON

LAST RANKING: #2
RECORD: 7-4 (3-2)

Jefferson is having a tougher time than expected in Region 8-AAA. The Lady Dragons were riding a three-game win streak in which they were outscoring opponents 31-4, but a 5-2 loss to Jackson County wraps up what has been a solid but somewhat difficult August for them. By no means is Jefferson in bad shape, as the girls are a fantastic 4-1 in games away from their home field, and still have a run-differential of +15.

#3 COMMERCE

LAST RANKING: #3
RECORD: 7-4 (3-1)

Commerce opened the season with a 3-game win streak, and just snapped a rare 2-game slide with an 11-3 win Thursday. Moreover, two of the 4 losses this season have come at the hands of Banks County. The Lady Tigers’ offense has been ridiculous, scoring 86 total runs against 46 allowed (+40 run differential).

#4 WHITE COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #6
RECORD: 7-5 (2-4)

The Lady Warriors grabbed two big wins over Chestatee and one off Clarke Central, scoring 46 runs in those 3 games combined. That snapped a tough 5-game losing streak that came on the heels of a 4-0 start to the season and a #4-state ranking. Runs have come regularly for White County (94 total), and 5 times the girls have scored 10 or more. White earns the nod ahead of Lumpkin because of the head-to-head 14-8 win.

#5 LUMPKIN COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #4
RECORD: 9-5 (5-1)

Lumpkin is currently riding the wave of a 4-game win streak and in the process outscoring opposition 43-7. There is perhaps no better offensive team in the area, as the Lady Indians have crossed the plate 121 times. Even while allowing 70 runs, the differential is at a whopping plus-51. Lumpkin defends the home field well, going 4-1 in games in Dahlonega.

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#6 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

LAST RANKING: #9
RECORD: 6-5 (2-3)

Habersham Central grabbed 3 straight wins with a combined score of 19-6 before dropping a 5-4 game to Winder-Barrow. The Lady Raiders sit ahead of Stephens County with a pair of head-to-head wins.

#7 STEPHENS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #8
RECORD: 7-6 (2-2)

Stephens County has held its own at 7-6, and going 3-1 at home. The Lady Indians did beat Union 3-2, but Habersham beat them twice, although the Lady Raiders also fell to Union. The 11-run explosion Thursday against St. Pius was the 4th time Stephens scored 9 or more runs.

#8 UNION COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #5
RECORD: 6-6 (3-0)

Union County beat Elbert 2-1 in an extra-inning affair on Tuesday, which was huge for momentum after two straight losses prior. What followed was an electric 15-0 win over Putnam. This may be the consistency the Lady Panthers need on offense. At the plate, the girls have scored more than 4 runs just 3 times this season, including Thursday’s rout. The pitching and defense has actually fared pretty well, just twice giving up more than 5. Union’s win over Habersham would put them ahead there, but falling to Stephens (who lost to Hab twice) pits them behind both for now.

#9 DAWSON COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #7
RECORD: 5-5 (4-3)

The Lady Tigers have been on fire to close August, nailing down 4 straight wins by a score of 40-21. That negated a 4-game losing streak right before it.

#10 RABUN COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #10
RECORD: 2-4 (1-2)

The Lady Cats have found a couple of wins lately, beating Dawson County in a major upset and Putnam County. These girls have fought hard, barely falling to White County, 10-9 earlier in the year. The sample size is still pretty small to make a definitive statement on Rabun. The win over Dawson just isn’t enough right now to put Rabun over Dawson because of the total body of work for each team so far.

#11 TOWNS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #11
RECORD: 2-4 (1-3)

Towns County found some promise in a complete 15-0 win over Providence Christian in mid-August. But losses to Gilmer (10-1), George Walton (11-1), and Commerce (12-3) show there is still much for the girls to iron out. They’re not in a horrible spot though as they have a region win and two overall under their belt.

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