By Stephen Black
Class AAAA No. 10 Marist beat Chamblee in the Region 6 tournament Tuesday night while Redan beat Therrell 15-5 Tuesday to advance in the region tournament.
The War Eagles (15-10, 5-0) have won their region championship 13 straight seasons and were state champions in Class AAAA in 2008 and 2009. Marist has been led this season at the plate by junior Grace Packer, who has a .569 batting average, and senior catcher Taylor Bradley, a Georgia State commitment who is batting .429.
Class AAAAAA No. 4 Kennesaw Mountain will play for the Region 4 title Wednesday in a 3-game series against Hillgrove. The Mustangs have been led this season by Malea Bell and Kathryn Woody. Bell is hitting .437 with five homers and 14 doubles while Woody is hitting .427 with 19 RBIs. Woody is also leading the team with 23 wins and a 1.24 ERA.
On Tuesday, Class AAA No. 1 Buford beat East Hall 8-0 to clinch a spot in Thursday’s Region 7-AAA championship game. The Wolves (28-1) got a complete game victory by Bria Bush (11-1), her 10th of the season. Junior Sydney Stavro was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Sophomore Baylee Sexton had two RBIs and senior Niki Cook was 2 for 3 with a triple and two stolen bases.
Buford won the tournament’s top seed after finishing unbeaten in region play, including a 10-2 win over North Hall Oct. 3. Pitcher Emily Crocker improved to 7-0 with the win in three innings pitched. Crocker had four strikeouts and gave up just one hit.
The Wolves then beat West Hall (15-2), Banks County (8-0) and East Hall (8-0) in the region tournament.