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Softball teams begin state playoff action
by Greg Oshust
October 09, 2012 12:17 PM | 1557 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Lovett’s Hannah Bulvin (7) throws a pitch during a Region 6AA tournament game with Wesleyan.
Staff / Nathan Self
Lovett’s Hannah Bulvin (7) throws a pitch during a Region 6AA tournament game with Wesleyan.
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A number of local softball teams will begin their quests for state titles as the state playoffs gets underway this week.

The top four finishers in each region advanced to the state playoffs, which begin with first-round best-of-three series. The first two games will be played today, with a third game to be contested, if necessary, on Thursday.

In Class A, first-round series will be held next Wednesday and Thursday with the same format as the higher classifications.

The final eight teams will move on to the state finals in Columbus Oct. 25 through 27.

Westminster (13-15) enters the Class AA tournament on a roll after winning the 6AA tournament last week.

The Lady Wildcats defeated Wesleyan 8-4 in the 6AA title game on Thursday after having beaten Greater Atlanta Christian 7-4 on Wednesday and Lovett 3-2 on Thursday to reach the finals.

As a result, the Lady Wildcats holds claim to the top seed from 6AA and will host Pepperell, the fourth seed from 7AA. Meanwhile, Lovett (10-15) claimed the third seed from 6AA and will go on the road to play Dade County, the No. 2 seed from 7AA.

The Class A state playoff picture was uncertain at press time as the field of teams was to be determined by the GHSA power rankings, which was released on Tuesday.

Holy Innocents' (10-20) made a strong case for itself after winning three of its five games to finish third in the Region 5A tournament.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Holy Innocents' coach Dan Healy said. “Anytime you go 3-2 in a region tournament, you’re playing well. It was a good run.”

Marist (20-9) is flying high coming into the state playoffs after winning the 6AAAA championship, beating Redan 13-0 in the title game last Friday and outscoring their opponents 38-0 in the three games they played.

The Lady War Eagles, as the top seed from 6AAAA, will host Cedartown, the fourth seed from 7AAAA, in their first-round series.

“We played well in the region tournament, but we are aware that the competition from Region 7AAAAA, namely Cedartown, will be a challenge,” Marist coach Mike Trapani said. “We have played a very strong non-region schedule this year to hopefully prepare ourselves for the state playoffs.”

In Class AAA, Blessed Trinity (20-11) and Woodward (16-6) are the top two seeds from 6AAA, while St. Pius X (4-23) is the region’s No. 4 seed. Blessed Trinity, as 6AAA’s top seed, hosts Banks County in the first round, while Woodward plays at home against Fannin County and St. Pius X faces the daunting task of playing Buford, the top-ranked team in the state in Class AAA as well as the 7AAA champions.
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