For the Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School softball team, it’s on to round two.
Both squads won their respective first round matchups last week. The AHS Lady Wildcats swept Southwest Dekalb 9-1 and 10-0 while the WBHS Lady Bulldoggs survived a three-game series with Miller Grove winning the third and deciding game Friday 12-10.
AHS will travel to Creekview for its quarterfinal series beginning Wednesday (today at 5:30 p.m. Two games will be played Wednesday with a third game, if necessary, set for Thursday at 6 p.m., also on the road.
Creekview had to survive a three-game series with Woodland in the opening round.
“They have a few good slap hitters with a lot of speed,” Lady Wildcat coach Mike Cavey said. “We will have to keep them off the bases. Our region has prepared us for the competition we are seeing in state now. We will work on some defensive schemes in practice leading into the series. Offensively, we just have to hit the ball and avoid strikeouts.”
Becca Meade had two dominant performances in the state opener.
“Southwest DeKalb had a decenter pitcher and some good athletes,” Cavey said. “They hadn’t seen a pitcher like Becca all year. Offensively, we put the ball in play and put the pressure on them.”
Region 8-AAAAA swept its first round with WBHS, Loganville and Heritage also advancing. Cavey said the first game in any three-game series is always key.
“If you win that one, you know at the least you will be back for another day,” the AHS coach said. “That puts the pressure on the other team then.”
For the WBHS Lady Bulldoggs, the first round with Miller Grove, a No. 1 seed, featured three games. WBHS won the first game 3-2 before falling 6-5 in extra innings in the second contest. The Lady Bulldoggs and Miller Grove battled again Friday with coach Monty McClure’s team rallying for a 12-10 victory.
WBHS will be on the road again for the second round against Paulding County. The Lady Bulldoggs have six seniors this season.
Wednesday’s doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m.