By DOUG GORMAN
Defending Class 7A champion East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate will all be home this week when the first-round best-of-three series begin Tuesday in the GHSA tournament.
Heritage School will also be at home on Tuesday in the GISA state opener against Deerfield Windsor.
The Lady Hawks are the No. 2 out of Region 1 A. Games will be played at 10, 12:30 with a an if game at 3.
East Coweta, which won its 13th region championship earlier this week, takes a 24-2 record and a No. 1 seed out of Region 2 7A into the first-round opener against North Cobb.
Action starts with a 4:30 doubleheader on Tuesday. The third and final game if needed will be played on Wednesday.
Newnan, which finished with a 14-6 overall record and a No. 2 seed, takes on Kennesaw Mountain Tuesday at 5:30 in a doubleheader. The third and final game if needed takes place on Wednesday.
Northgate ended the regular season with a 16-11 record and a No. 2 seed out of Region 5 6A and takes on Winder-Barrow.
Details on when the Lady Vikings first-round series were not available by presstime.
East Coweta, which went 36-0 en route to last year’s state title, began the 2018 season on a roll winning 16 straight games before losing twice to Buford and Jones County to end the 52-game winning streak.
The Lady Indians restarted the winning streak with eight victories in a row.
They take on a North Cobb team that has struggled throughout the season and comes into the state tournament with a 10-16 record.
In last week’s region tournament, Kelley Lynch struckout 30 in the two games against Newnan. She also hit a home run in the first meeting.
Teammate Ansley Gunter also homered in the second game against the Cougars.
Newnan faces a Kennesaw Mountain team that finished the year with a 15-10 record.
The Lady Cougars lost twice to rival East Coweta at last week’s Region 2 7A tournament, but rolled past Campbell twice in games called by the run rule.
Newnan went into last week’s region tournament on a three-game winning streak.
The Lady Cougars entered the region tournament on a three-game winning streak beating Campbell, Northgate and Pike.
Pitcher Ansley Houston started every game in the tournament for Lady Cougars striking out 11 in the two meetings with Campbell.
She also hit a homer off the scoreboard in the second meeting with Campbell to move the Cougars into the championship round against East Coweta.
Kaylen Madrey also turned in several key defensive plays from her shortstop position.
Northgate enters the tournament against Winder-Barrow after losing twice to Alexander at last week’s region tournament.
The Lady Vikings put together two dramatic victories against South Paulding in the tournament to send them into the championship round against Alexander.
Northgate has played the season without a senior on the roster, but the underclassmen have stepped up for the Lady Vikings.
Alissa Bolinger and Olivia Cato have both pitched for the Lady Vikings this season and are among the team’s leaders in RBIs.
Winder-Barrow comes into the first-round contest with an 11-12 record.