Softball state finals: Eagles get past game Harrison squad

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Class AAAAAA

Collins Hill 2-7, Harrison 4-1: Collins Hill took home the Class AAAAAA title after what was a thrilling day for Harrison. The Hoyas edged Lassiter 5-4 then beat Collins Hill in eight innings before trailing just 2-1 in the sixth inning of the decider. That’s when the Eagles broke it open with five runs. Aeshia Miles went all seven innings for Collins Hill and all three of Harrison’s hits came in the first two innings.

Class AAAAA

Ola 9-9, Northgate 5-6: An exhausting day, especially for Ola, ended with the Mustangs on top of Class AAAAA. They won four games—2-0 over Pope and 2-1 over Houston County before beating Northgate twice. Game 2 of the championship series went nine innings before being decided by a Jessica Couch 3-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Class AAAA

Northwest Whitfield 4-11, Heritage-Catoosa 6-6: In Class AAAA, Northwest Whitfield led 4-1 in the first game of the championship series, but lost it and was pushed to a second game. The Bruins scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth. Jamison Payne, Colbie Thomas and Macy Weeks each had two hits for Northwest Whitfield. Payne reached base four times and scored four runs.

Class AAA

Buford 4, Central-Carrollton 0: The Wolves captured their seventh consecutive state softball championship by defeating Central-Carrollton in the Class AAA final. Wolves’ pitcher Bria Bush improved to 18-1 for the season by going all seven innings while allowing just four hits. Morgan Walters and Remington Hasty hit home runs for Buford.

“She was a one-person wrecking crew the entire state tournament,” head coach Tony Wolfe said of Bush. “I also felt we had the most balanced team we’ve ever had. We certainly got to show some of that today.”

Class AA

Calhoun 7, Harlem 0: Harlem fought its way to the Class AA championship with a pair of victories, but it ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Calhoun’s Alyssa Shawgo. The senior pitcher allowed only a single hit over seven innings as the Yellow Jackets handled Harlem. Ryan Brzozoski provided more than enough offense for the Yellow Jackets, going 4-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored.

“I’m proud of the players, coaches and fans,” head coach Diane Smith explained. “This is for every girl that has ever played softball at Calhoun.”

Class A-Public

Gordon Lee 3-2, Georgia Military 1-1: Gordon Lee won three games in a single day to cap off its run to the Class A-Public championship. After trouncing Seminole County 7-0, the Trojans earned a pair of victories over Georgia Military. Emily Armour went all seven innings in the decider for Gordon Lee while striking out eight and allowing only three hits and one run.

“It’s not easy,” head coach Dana Mull said of her team’s task today. “The first one was the biggest. After that, we always had the momentum.”

Class A-Private

Eagle’s Landing Christian 3, Prince Avenue Christian 1: In Class A Private, Eagle’s Landing Christian sent Prince Avenue Christian to its second straight runner-up finish. The Chargers raced to 3-0 lead through three innings on the way to their first state championship since 2009. Prince Avenue Christian answered in the top of the fourth with a home run by Jordyn Smith, but the Wolverines could get no closer.

7 comments Add your comment

hit a single

November 3rd, 2013
9:08 am

Congratulations to all the State Champions. Buford, seven straight, hard to believe for a AA or AAA team. We can argue against the private schools all we want but most of these public schools draw from highly populated areas. They should win the State Championship. Every now and then the smaller populated area schools can match up with them. Once again congratulations State Champions, you should compete every year, as a matter of fact you should win it.

Swamp Lizard

November 3rd, 2013
10:28 am

Way to go ELCA girls !! …… Swamp Lizard & family are proud of you.

Susan

November 3rd, 2013
1:37 pm

True Champions….What a tremendous effort from every member of the Ola High School softball team…after losing their first game on Thursday, they played through the losers bracket. They played 4 games on Saturday to beat Northgate in the championship game after a grueling 9 innings! On Saturday, they began playing at 9:00 and finished around 6:30 with only a 20 minute break between each game. Great job, Ola!

Trey Deck

November 3rd, 2013
1:44 pm

Congrats to The Gordon Lee Trojans Class A Public School Softball State Champions !! 4 in a row !! Gordon Lee is set to make a serious run for the next 7 years ! Bad news for class A !! Only fast pitch school in Georgia to EVER go unbeaten ! We do not dodge anybody public or private in our run we have defeated AA champion Calhoun and only lost to 1 Class A school ! Much to be proud of Lady Trojans !

Eagle

November 3rd, 2013
3:09 pm

Collins Hill wins it again! 4 out of the last 5 years in the largest classification is very impressive!

Wolf Dawg

November 3rd, 2013
10:49 pm

Way to bring it Buford!!!

Congratulations to ALL the State Champs!!

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