Paulding County fell to North Paulding 6-5 and South Paulding 10-8.
After finishing their regular season 14-12 overall, 8-2 in the region, their softball team entered the region tournament last week as the No. 2 seed.
Prior to the region tournament, the Lady Patriots had to compete against a slate full of competitive teams, some putting up more of a fight than others, but Paulding County High was able to pull off wins at the right times.
“Our win-loss record doesn’t indicate a very good season overall, but I’m happy with our play in the games that mattered most,” said head coach Barbara Mazur. “We played some pretty tough competition in our tournaments this year and we have progressed nicely over the last half of the season.”
The region tournament being a stressful environment with every team looking to advance to the playoffs, Paulding County High would look to its top three players, pitcher Kayla Davis, catcher Alyssa Strobel and third baseman Hannah Trombley.
Davis had a .250 average, 12 RBIs and is 8-1 pitching in region games with a 1.02 ERA in the regular season. Strobel had a .305 average, 12 RBIs and “has been a rock behind the plate.” Trombley had a .321 BA, 24 RBIs and “has been solid defensively at third base,” Mazur said.
Not only did these players need to be on point, but the Lady Patriots would have to cut back on the mental mistakes and use their team’s biggest strength, as these games counted more than any other.
“We’ve made quite a few errors that made some games more stressful than they should have been,” said Mazur last week. “[Our] biggest strength would be playing in the games that count. We’ve come from behind in a few games this season and proved we deserved to win.”