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Local teams press on in softball playoffs
by Greg Oshust
October 22, 2013 01:47 PM | 2287 views | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Marist's Kendall Chadwick (12) takes a swing at the ball during a Class AAAA state softball playoff game against Lumpkin County.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Marist's Kendall Chadwick (12) takes a swing at the ball during a Class AAAA state softball playoff game against Lumpkin County.
The state softball playoffs in Class AA through AAAAAA enter its second round of action, with two local teams remaining.

Marist won its first-round Class AAAA series in three games over Lumpkin County, while Lovett beat Union County in its opening AA series.

Meanwhile, the Class A private school playoffs gets underway Wednesday, with Pace, Mount Vernon Presbyterian and Holy Innocents’ the area teams that are participating.

The winners will advance to the GHSA finals in Columbus, which will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Marist had to come from behind to clinch its best-of-three AAAA first-round series with Lumpkin County.

The War Eagles lost the first game 11-8 last Wednesday, but came back to tie the series with an 8-4 victory later that day.

In game three, which was played last Friday after being delayed a day due to rain, Marist clinched the series with a 6-2 win.

Now, the War Eagles will host Northwest Whitfield in a second-round series at Kitchin Field, beginning today.

Lovett will join Marist in the state second round after beating Union County in three games.

The Lions lost the opening game 9-0 Wednesday, but came back to even things up later that day with a 7-4 win before clinching the series with a 2-0 victory Monday and advancing to a second-round matchup on the road with Calhoun.

The Class A private schools get their state playoffs started with first-round series. The first two games will be played today, with a third contest scheduled Thursday if needed.

Eighth-seeded Pace host Darlington, while 10th seed Mount Vernon goes on the road to play seventh-seed Strong Rock and 11th-seed Holy Innocents’ travels to George Walton.

Westminster saw its postseason run come to an end with a first-round loss to Jefferson.

The Wildcats lost the first game 8-0 and came back to win the second contest 2-0 last Wednesday.

The series resumed last Friday after being rained out last Thursday, with Westminster losing the third contest 7-3.

St. Pius X and Woodward each met a similar fate with first-round losses in the AAA playoffs.

St. Pius was swept in two games by Morgan County last Wednesday, losing 10-0 in the first contest and 9-1 in the second.

Woodward also lost in two games to Oconee County last Wednesday, falling 2-1 in the opening game and 11-4 in game two.

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