(Franklin) — The Bremen Lady Blue Devils softball team shocked a large crowd at Heard High School Saturday night when they knocked off the top ranked AA team in the state to win the Region 5-AA Championship.
Junior Blue Devil Chelsey Stillwell pitched one of her best games of the season in the 3-0 shut out over the highly potent Lady Braves offense.
The Lady Braves fought hard until the end as senior Jasmine Jacobs was called out on a questionable third strike with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning by the home plate umpire. Head coach Matt Hornsby was livid at the called third strike on his senior catcher.
Jordan Watson delivers a strike in Saturday’s Championship loss to the Blue Devils
It was the second straight season that the Lady Braves (23-4) came up short in the Region title game but may not have a huge impact on the state playoffs thanks in part to another upset in the Region 8-AA Championship game where Social Circle knocked off Jefferson. Jefferson had defeated Social Circle twice during the regular season before falling to the Redskins 11-1 this afternoon.
As a result the Blue Devils (15-11) will host the Chattooga Indians (12-14) and the Lady Braves will now host the Pepperell Dragons this Wednesday and possibly Thursday in a best-of-three series during the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.
Pepperell (13-10) is the number three seed from Region 7-AA having lost to the defending State Champion Dade County Wolverines in the Region 7-AA tourney.
”We just got beat by a better team tonight. I could tell by watching the Bremen-Bowdon game earlier that both teams had looked at the playoff brackets and knew they needed to get the number one seed in our region to find a better road to Columbus, said Hornsby after the game.
“I am not going to sugar coat it — I never do. We just made it tougher on ourselves. Some of our weaknesses at the plate got exposed tonight. While region championships are awesome we have got plenty of those banners out there. We have one that is missing and that is something we need to take care of.”
The Lady Braves now embark on the journey to try and win the first GHSA team State Championship in Heard County history. Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for updates on Wednesday game times as soon as they are available. In the event of a split on Wednesday with the Dragons the third and final game would take place on Thursday.
The Bowdon Red Devilettes finished as the Region 5-AA third seed and will travel next week to Dade County while the Temple Tigers finished fourth and will visit Calhoun.