By Stephen Black
Southwest DeKalb coach Bernice Foreman won her 156th game against Dunwoody Thursday in the Region 6 tournament. Foreman is now third in DeKalb County history in wins behind former Tucker coach Pat Floyd (183 wins) and Columbia coach Steve Dennis (166 wins).
Collins Hill, which won the Region 7 regular season championship, lost twice in a row to North Gwinnett (2-1, 1-0) in the region tournament, netting the No. 5 Bulldogs the region’s No. 1 seed in the state tournament. North Gwinnett will host Milton in the first round of the state tournament. No. 4 Collins Hill, which beat North Gwinnett in both regular season meetings, earned the No. 2 seed and will host Woodstock in the first round.
Class AAAAA No. 10 Miller Grove won the Region 6-AAAAA championship by defeating Southwest DeKalb twice and Dunwoody once. The Wolverines (20-2) host Winder-Barrow in the first round of the playoffs.
Dunwoody is in the playoffs for the third year in a row, but hasn’t won a series since 1998. The Wildcats travel to Loganville for the first round. Stephenson will play host to No. 5 Heritage-Conyers in the first round. Redan made the Class AAAA playoffs after placing second in the Region 6 tournament. The Raiders host Eastside in the first round of the state tournament. Chamblee has made the playoffs for the fourth year in a row under coach Adrienne Keathley. The Bulldogs travel to Walnut Grove for the first round.
Class A No. 6 Pace Academy won 21 games this year, four more than last year’s previous school record. The Knights made the quarterfinals in 2012 for the first time in school history and will face Darlington next week for the chance to advance. Junior pitcher Lane Dikeman has been instrumental in Pace Academy’s season in earning 19 wins in the circle. Junior shortstop Lauren Hadley, meanwhile, is hitting .600 with 26 RBIs while sophomore catcher Sarah Werner is batting .438 with 25 RBIs.