Posted: Wednesday, October 17th 2012 at 11:12am
Softball: 7-AAA has sights set on Columbus
By Jeff Hart Staff
Dawson County's Jenna Abbott helped the Lady Tigers advance to the second round. / photo: Paige Sweany
BUFORD – At the end of the girls softball regular season, polls, whether they are to be believed or not, showed that Region 7-AAA was perhaps the best in Class AAA with three teams in the top eight.
In this instance, the polls proved right as Buford, Dawson County, and Fannin County all swept their way into the second round as part of the final 16 teams last week. On Wednesday, all three have a reasonable chance to advance to the Elite 8 next week in Columbus.
Buford (26-2) plays host to Franklin County while Fannin County (24-10) travels to Jackson County and Dawson County (19-8-1) travels to Ringgold in best-of-three series. The first two games will take place Wednesday and a deciding third game, if necessary, is scheduled for Thursday.
First pitch Wednesday in Buford in Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Region 7-AAA fourth-seed Banks County nearly made it a clean sweep, taking 6-AAA champ Blessed Trinity to three games in their series before falling.
Buford coach Tony Wolfe said last week he was not surprised.
“This is a tough region and you saw that in the region tournament,” he said. “We are all pretty close so I would think we all have a good chance (to make it to Columbus).”
In the region tournament, Buford beat Fannin County in the finals after the Lady Rebels had knocked off Dawson County in the semifinals. Dawson County handed Buford its only regular season region loss two weeks ago to win the regular season title.
The Lady Wolves could get a boost from the return of Tessa Daniels in the circle. She pitched her first two innings of the season last week against St. Pius and could be available to go four of five innings Wednesday.
“She was a big part of our winning (the state title) last year so to get her back is huge for us,” Wolfe said. “We’ll just see how she is and how she is doing as to how long we go with her.”
In other playoff action around northeast Georgia, Jefferson will play host to Dade County in Class AA. The Lady Dragons are rolling having allowed just one run in their last eight games, including a pair of shutouts last week in a first round sweep over Manchester.
In Class AAAAAA, North Gwinnett plays host to Archer while Mill Creek travels to Grayson in the second round.
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