COLUMBUS UPDATE: Day 1 sees Commerce, Banks earn wins; Jefferson, Lumpkin face elimination
Banks County, Jefferson, Commerce, and Lumpkin County all entered the State Championship tournament in Columbus on Thursday with a real chance to win it all. Here are the day one results:
The Lady Indians (20-13) had a lead over midway through the opening game against Franklin County, 2-0, but gave up 10 unanswered runs to fall into the loser’s bracket.
RND 1: W 2-1 vs #3 Westminster
RND 2: W 2-0 @ #1 Crisp County
ELITE 8 GAME 1: L 2-10 vs Franklin County
ELITE 8 GAME 2: vs Ringgold // OCT 25 @ 2 PM
The Lady Dragons (25-10) had a tough draw to open up, falling to East Hall 4-0 to fall into the loser’s bracket.
RND 1: W 2-1 vs #3 Sonoraville
RND 2: W 2-0 @ #1 Brantley County
ELITE 8 GAME 1: L 0-4 vs East Hall
ELITE 8 GAME 2: vs Calhoun // OCT 25 @ 2 PM
The Lady Leopards (29-3) opened their Columbus stay with a 6-0 blanking of Bremen. Tybee Denton homered to set a new school single-season record in the victory, while the girls combined for timely hitting and solid pitching and defense.
RND 1: W 2-0 vs #4 KIPP
RND 2: W 2-0 vs #2 Bacon County
ELITE 8 GAME 1: W 6-0 vs Bremen
ELITE 8 GAME 2: vs Lamar County // OCT 25 @ 10 AM
The Lady Tigers (23-7) opened tournament play with a noon first pitch against ECI. The result was awesome, as Commerce took a commanding 5-0 lead into the 7th. Things got a bit dicey, but the girls held on for a 5-4 victory. In the second game against Georgia Military, the girls jumped on the opposition early and often, and won easily, 9-1.
RND 1: Bye
RND 2: W 2-0 vs #11 Wilcox County
ELITE 8 GAME 1: W 5-4 vs ECI
ELITE 8 GAME 2: W 9-1 vs Georgia Military
FINAL 4: vs Gordon Lee/Bowdon winner // OCT 25 @ 8 PM