Union, Commerce advance to Sweet 16!
On Tuesday, 3 local teams (Banks, Dawson, Jefferson) punched a Sweet 16 ticket. On Wednesday, 2 more joined in the way of Commerce and Union. White County is set to open its series on Thursday
#1 BANKS COUNTY 2, #4 CORETTA SCOTT KING 0
The Lady Leopards (10-8) made mincemeat out of Coretta Scott King, winning 15-0 in 3 innings in game one, and again 18-0 in game two to advance to the next round, which again will be played at home.
#2 COMMERCE 2, #3 ARMUCHEE 0
The Lady Tigers (19-6) had no problem with Armuchee, securing an 8-0 game one and 15-0 game two to advance to the Sweet 16 at Lanier County.
#4 DAWSON COUNTY 2, #1 WESTMINSTER 0
The Lady Tigers (13-18) pulled off a David and Goliath type of upset. Dawson won its final two games in the region tournament to earn the 4th seed from 7-AAA, then came a road match at #1 powerhouse Westminster. The girls won 8-2 in the opener and 6-1 in the second game to clinch the series and advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2014. Dawson will travel to Tattnall County.
#4 HABERSHAM CENTRAL 0, #1 POPE 2
The Lady Raiders (13-16) fell 9-0 in the first game of the series, and 12-1 in the finale to end their season in the first round of state.
#3 JEFFERSON 2, #2 ARABIA MOUNTAIN 0
The Lady Dragons (15-9) made quick work of Arabia Mountain, winning game one 16-4 and game two 12-4 to advance to the Sweet 16. Jefferson will travel to West Laurens.
#4 RABUN COUNTY 0, #1 LOVETT 2
The Lady Wildcats (4-15) ran into a buzz saw that was Lovett. The home team took game one 9-5 in a tough battle before a 13-1 game two, series-winning game. This concludes Rabun’s season.
#3 UNION COUNTY 2, #2 PACE ACADEMY 1
Union County (10-9) took the opening game 7-4 over Pace Academy, and what followed was a crazy 21-13 final in favor of the home team. That evened the series, with Game 3 being played on Wednesday. Union won 5-1 to secure a Sweet 16 spot, and will play Toombs County at home as Toombs (#4 seed) upset Oglethorpe County.
#3 WHITE COUNTY @ #2 SANDY CREEK
The Lady Warriors (21-5) are the best 3-seed in the state, hands down. This group limped in with a pair of losses in the region tournament, but all the goals are still there to do what has to be done. The bottom line is this team by all intents and purposes should end up in Columbus. Sandy Creek (15-6) is a solid team, but White County is the heavy favorite here. The Lady Warriors are now in the playoffs for a second year in a row, but looking to get past the first round for the first time since its 2010 state title run. In every run since (6 times not counting this year), the girls have been bounced in the first round. This series opens on Thursday, with game 3 being played Friday if necessary.