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October Power Rankings

The regular season comes to a close, and the sights turn to the playoffs for most of the local teams. Here are the official October Power Rankings, which double as the End of Regular Season rankings too.

#1 BANKS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #1
RECORD: 22-3 (7-0)

The Lady Leopards are 22-3 and just continue to pummel the opposition by a combined score of 173-26. This HAS to be the year for Banks County, right? They’re ranked #1 in the state and nationally ranked as well. The lineup is deadly top to bottom, and with the pitching of Tybee Denton, almost no one stands a chance to beat them. A region title is almost a given at this point.

#2 JEFFERSON

LAST RANKING: #2
RECORD: 17-6 (9-3)

Thanks to Jackson County beating them twice, the Lady Dragons will likely finish 2nd or 3rd in the region. They split with Franklin County, but that program actually is at the top of the standings. If Jefferson falls to a 3, and it stays that way, what #2 seed in the playoffs would want any part of the Lady Dragons coming to their house? Jefferson does still boast one of the best pitching staffs in the region (62 runs allowed).

#3 COMMERCE

LAST RANKING: #3
RECORD: 16-7 (7-3)

Winning 10 of its last 13 has Commerce in a great spot right now. The state-ranked Lady Tigers have the highest-scoring offense in all of Region 8-A (195 runs), and the 2nd-best pitching (77 runs allowed). Only George Walton sits ahead of Commerce in the region standings.

#4 LUMPKIN COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #5
RECORD: 16-9 (10-2)

What a solid second half it’s been for Lumpkin County, including a current 4-game win streak. East Hall at a perfect 10-0 in region is the only thing keeping the Lady Indians from the top spot in region. The girls have the 3rd-best offense (187 runs), and the 3rd-best pitching (119 runs allowed). A split with White County and the overall body of work edges them ahead of the Lady Warriors.

#5 WHITE COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #4
RECORD: 12-11 (4-8)

The Lady Warriors fought for 3 straight wins over Clarke Central and twice over West Hall. In those games, White County scored 42 runs and allowed 9! Once ranked #4 in the state early in the season, the girls finished 5th in the region, thus ending their season.

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#6 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

LAST RANKING: #6
RECORD: 11-10 (7-7)

Habersham Central is in a great spot at 7-7 in region play. That definitely has this program well within reach of making the state playoffs. The offense (104 runs) has been good, but the pitching and defense even better (91 runs allowed). Back-to-back losses to Flowery Branch and Dacula dampened things, but the girls got a big region win against Lanier before falling to Apalachee. The Lady Raiders have a grip on the 3rd spot in the region.

#7 STEPHENS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #7
RECORD: 12-10 (4-4)

Stephens County recently won 3 in a row to get up over the hump, taking down Hart County 6-5 before blowout wins over Cedar Shoals, 15-0, and St. Pius, 15-6. In a 5-member region, it’s not too difficult to earn a playoff spot, but the girls did more than that. The offense had the 2nd-best offense in the region (150 runs) and the 2nd-best pitching (112 allowed). Stephens opens its region tourney on October 1 against Oconee County.

#8 UNION COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #8
RECORD: 12-12 (8-1)

Union County doesn’t have the flashy record, except within region, where the Lady Panthers have been sensational. Only trailing Banks County, Union is primed for success IF the offense can find some spark. The pitching is extremely good (80 runs allowed; 2nd-best in region), but the offense has just plated 85 runs, which is in the bottom 4 of the region. 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. Union is state bound after a two-game sweep of Oglethorpe, and now turn to facing Rabun in the second round of the region tournament.

#9 RABUN COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #10
RECORD: 11-6 (3-4)

The Lady Cats recently won 5 straight, and have secured a playoff spot with a 2-game sweep of Social Circle in the first round of the region tournament. That’s crazy considering how far they were the last couple of years from sniffing the postseason (0-17 in ’17; 3-16 in ’18). These girls have had a great season, and taken down many local teams like Dawson (twice), and Towns County. They even almost beat Union and White County (losing by one run in each). Next up is Union in the 2nd round of the region tourney.

#10 DAWSON COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #9
RECORD: 9-11 (6-6)

The Lady Tigers have been alternating wins and losses for awhile now, but there are signs of promise. The goal is still there for the taking, as the 6-6 record in region puts them just ahead of GAC for the 4th spot.

#11 TOWNS COUNTY

LAST RANKING: #11
RECORD: 5-11 (3-7)

Towns County has dropped 6 in a row after reaching .500 at 5-5. A few tough losses were in there, like an 8-7 loss to Chestatee and 3-1 loss at Elbert. The Lady Indians sit 5th in their region.

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