January 23, 2022

Lady Braves GHSA Class AA State Softball Final Four Preview

Heard Co. Lady Braves

WHAT: GHSA CLASS AA State Championship Final Four Tournament (Double Elimination)

WHEN: Friday-Saturday (October 30-31)

OPENING GAMES: The Lady Braves will battle the Lovett Lions at 3:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 30 (Field #2), The Vidalia Indians will battle the Bremen Blue Devils at 3:00 PM Friday (Field #1)

WHERE: South Commons Softball Complex

ADDRESS: 400 4th St., Columbus, GA  31901 (Directions)

SEEDINGS: Lady Braves #2 in Region 5-AA, Lovett Lions #1 in Region 6-AA, Vidalia Indians #1 in Region 2-AA, Bremen Blue Devils #1 in Region 5-AA

RECORDS: Lady Braves (24-7), Lovett Lions (25-3), Vidalia Indians (31-4), Bremen Blue Devils (27-9)

HEAD COACHES: Lady Braves — Matt Hornsby, Lions — Perelini Bush, Indians — Brad Thompson, Blue Devils — Dickey Harper

STATE RANKINGS: Lady Braves (Ranked #4 in Class AA), Lions (Ranked #3 in Class AA), Indians (Ranked #1 in Class AA), Blue Devils (Ranked #5 in Class AA)

BRACKET: Class AA State Tournament Bracket

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Lady Braves placed second in Region 5-AA and swept Union County, Dade County, and Berrien in rounds one, two, and three. The Lions won Region 6-AA and swept Coosa and Haralson County before eliminating Jeff Davis in three games. Vidalia swept Lamar County, Jefferson County, and Banks County. Bremen swept Rabun County, defeated Chattooga in three games and swept Cook.

AT STAKE FOR THE OPENING GAME WINNERS: The winner of Heard County/Lovett game at 3:00 PM Friday afternoon will advance to play at 7:00 PM Friday night (Field #5) vs. the winner of the 3:00 PM game between Vidalia (#1 Seed Region 2-AA) and Bremen (#1 Seed Region 5-AA) in the winner’s bracket final. The winner of that 7:00 PM match-up will advance to the State Championship at 4:00 PM Saturday on Field #8 needing just one win to be Class AA Champions.

AT STAKE FOR THE OPENING GAME LOSERS: The losers of each of the 3:00 PM Friday match-ups will also meet at 7:00 PM Friday night. The loser of that game will be eliminated and the winner will advance to meet the loser of the winner’s bracket final at 2:00 PM Saturday in the loser’s bracket final. The winner of that 2:00 PM matchup Saturday will advance to the State Championship at 4:00 PM but would need to win twice to be the Class AA Champions.

COLORS: Lady Braves (Maroon and Gray), Lions (Blue and White), Indians (Maroon, Old Gold, White), Blue Devils (Blue and White)

ADMISSION: $15 Friday. $10 Saturday.


(Photo Courtesy of Heard County Softball)

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