December 13, 2017

Lady Braves cruise past Panthers

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves softball team made short work of the visiting Therrell Panthers from Region 6-AA in the first round of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs Wednesday afternoon in Franklin.

The home squad dominated the over-matched Atlanta City school squad taking game one by a final score of 16-0 and game two by a final of 16-1.  Both contests were halted early due to the mercy rule.

The offensive highlight of the day came in the form of a 3-run HR by freshman Alyssa Hall — the first of her varsity career.

Freshman Lady Brave Alyssa Hall blasted her first career home run during Wednesday’s round one sweep over Therrell (Photo: Tammy Baldwin)

Junior center fielder Kaitlyn Baldwin also stroked a big bases-clearing double in game one.

The Lady Braves (14-14) will face a much larger challenge in the Sweet 16 as they travel to Rockmart (29-2) next week to battle the No. 1 ranked team in the state in another best-of-three series.

Coach Matt Hornsby’s squad have dealt with the talented Yellowjackets once already this season dropping a 12-3 match-up at Rockmart on September 20.

The series will begin with a Wednesday doubleheader (Time TBD) and a possible third game would be played at Rockmart on Thursday if necessary.

As expected, Region 5-AA dominated the first round against the weak Region 6-AA with all four 5-AA teams sweeping day one doubleheaders via run rules.

Lamar County ousted Washington, Atl. and will host Monticello in round two.

Callaway shut down Douglass, Atl. to earn their first ever state playoff series win and will take on either Banks County or Pepperell in round two. Banks and Pepperell were the only Class AA teams to split on day one.

The Temple Lady Tigers shut out South Atlanta and will travel to Armuchee in round two.

Region 5-AA teams were a combined 8-0 on the day versus Region 6-AA and outscored them by a combined score of 150-2.

Other Class AA teams advancing to the Sweet 16 included Vidalia, Dodge Co., Harlem, Jeff Davis, Bacon Co., Screven Co., Berrien Co., and Bleckley County.

The eight remaining teams to win round two next week will travel to Columbus for the state finals tournament October 26-28.

The Lady Braves will be looking to make the trip for the sixth straight season if they can knock off the heavily favored Yellowjackets.

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