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Cambridge, Pisgah eye softball finals
by Greg Oshust
October 24, 2013 04:21 PM | 2063 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>
Mount Pisgah Christian pitcher Jennifer Sapp will try to help lead the defending Class A private school Patriots back to the state softball finals in Columbus.
Staff / Erin Gray
Mount Pisgah Christian pitcher Jennifer Sapp will try to help lead the defending Class A private school Patriots back to the state softball finals in Columbus.
Cambridge and Mount Pisgah Christian will attempt to earn spots in next week’s GHSA state softball finals in Columbus in playoff action this week.

Each team will play a best-of-three series, with the first two games today and a third contest, if needed, scheduled for Thursday.

Cambridge (22-7) is aiming for its first Elite Eight appearances in the program’s history as it goes on the road for a best-of-three series with Loganville.

The series starts today with the first game at 5 p.m. and the second contest at 7 p.m., with a third and deciding slated for Thursday at 5 p.m., if needed.

The fourth seed from Region 6AAAAA, the Lady Bears pulled off a big upset in their first-round series when it swept Allatoona – the top seed from 5AAAAA – in two games last Wednesday.

Cambridge got off to a strong start when it scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to win the first contest 5-4.

The Lady Bears had to come from behind in game two as they bounced back a 5-0 deficit with a five-run sixth inning and another run in the seventh to take a 6-5 win and complete the two-game sweep of the series.

“The ladies showed how resilient they are as a team,” Cambridge coach Chip Flemmer said. “These ladies kept plugging away and never stopped playing. It was a very revealing moment in showing me this team’s true character. These girls never quit. I am extremely proud of this entire team.”

Mount Pisgah (12-18) begins the defense of its Class A private school championship when the 14th-seeded Patriots go on the road to play third-seeded Prince Avenue Christian in a first-round game in Athens.

The best-of-three series begins today at 2 p.m., with the second game to follow immediately afterwards. Game three, if needed, is schedule for Thursday at 4 p.m.

It will be a rematch of last year’s Class A private school finals, which Pisgah won 9-8 after beating Prince Avenue 3-2 in the semifinals.

“We are very excited to be here [in the state playoffs],” Mount Pisgah coach Jennifer Osborne said. “Prince Avenue is a tough team, but we can beat them. Our pitching has to be on and we need to be able to put the ball in play to make things happen.”

Meanwhile, Milton and Blessed saw their seasons come to an end with first-round losses.

Milton was swept by North Gwinnett — losing 9-0 and 7-1 — in the AAAAAA playoffs, while Blessed Trinity lost both of its contests to Jackson County — 3-2 and 11-2 — in AAA last Wednesday.

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