The scenario is pretty clear for the East Coweta and Newnan softball – win their best-of-three second-round series starting today, and advance to the Class AAAAAAA Elite Eight next week in Columbus.
East Coweta resumes its quest for a state title when it hosts Hillgrove, while Newnan goes on the road against Etowah. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m with a second game to follow in both series.
A third-and-deciding game will be played on Thursday if needed.
East Coweta has been ranked No. 1 in the Class AAAAAAA Coaches poll all year and enters the game with a 30-0 undefeated record, while Newnan enters the second round with a 24-4 record.
The Lady Indians entered the state tournament on the heels of their eighth straight region title.
East Coweta had little trouble with its first-round opponent last week, shutting out Peachtree Ridge 3-0 and 5-0.
Kelley Lynch had 15 strikeouts in the first game to lift the Lady Indians to the victory. Rachel Vaughan had 10 strikeouts in the second game.
Lynch also showed off her firepower in the second game with a homer.
Hillgrove comes into the contest with a 17-14 record. Hillgrove knocked off Cherokee County 11-4 and 8-3 to set up its second-round series with East Coweta.
Adara Dale had the hot bat in both games for Hillgrove, driving in three runs in the first game and two runs in the second game. DeJah Mills had a homer in the second game for Hillgrove.
Newnan advanced to the second round with a 6-3 and 4-2 sweep against Colquitt County.
Kaylen Madry knocked in two runs for the Lady Cougars in the first game, and pitcher Addie Andrews struck out three.
In the 4-2 victory to pull the sweep against Colquitt County, Ansley Houston pitched for Newnan and allowed just one hit. She also smacked a home run and drove in three runs.
Etowah comes into the series after shutting out North Cobb 8-0 and 13-0.
The first-round sweep helped Etowah improve to 18-4.
Etowah picked up plenty of firepower from Skylar Wallace. Wallace belted a grad slam in the team’s 13-0 victory. She also had a triple in that contest and finished with seven RBIs.
The GHSA will reseed the final eight teams in each classification before the Elite Eight starts in Columbus next week, but action in the Class AAAAAAA double-elimination bracket begins Thursday at 9 a.m.