Gordon Lee, White County, Jones County also win state championships at South Commons
By Ronald Frazier
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
Buford in Class AA and Collins Hill in Class AAAAA were the only returning champions in this year’s GHSA state softball tournaments.
Both repeated, but it wasn’t easy. Both had to rally from deficits in the late innings to take home their state championships.
@BR Scoreline:Class A Gordon Lee 8, Providence Chr. 1
Gordon Lee broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with a seven-run explosion as the Trojans completed an undefeated season.
The Trojans had been rated No. 1 all year and completed 2010 with the state title.
The Trojans sent 11 players to the plate and collected seven hits and were helped by three Stars errors in just the one inning to break open the contest and coast to their 38th straight win and give Brenna Nation her 23rd win of the year.
It was the second time the Trojans beat Providence in the tournament. They won 4-1 in the winners bracket and sent the Stars to the losers bracket.
@BR Scoreline:Class AA Buford 6, Union County 2
Buford (32-4) had to come from behind in the final frame as the Wolves won their fourth straight title and sixth out of the past seven years.
Down 2-1, the Wolves’ Melissa Dickey and Lexi Overstreet hit home runs to cap a five-run rally and defeat Union County (32-4-1).
Dickey’s solo blast tied the score at 2-2. After a run scored on an error, Overstreet sealed the win with a three-run shot.
Union scored two runs off Karly Fullem in the first but managed only two more singles and a walk the rest of the game.
@BR Scoreline:Class AAA White County 12, Allatoona 11
White County was the highest scoring team in any classification in this year’s tournament and needed every run to take the state title in a wild championship game over Allatoona (28-10).
White County had scored 35 runs in its three previous tournament games, with the low total of five against Eastside. In the tile game, the Lady Warriors scored in every inning and won despite a five-run burst by Allatoona in the third inning.
White County (30-6), got three home runs in the title game — from Morgan Jacobson, Aubrie Gstalder and Heather Herdliska — to offset Allatoona’s two-run homer.
@BR Scoreline:Class AAAA Jones County 3, Greenbrier 1
Jones County (35-8) got the last out of the game by throwing out pinch-runner Taylor Thompson at the plate and defeated Greenbrier (32-12), winning the first state title in the program’s history.
Thompson was on base as she pinch-ran for the third time for losing pitcher Savannah Coon, who singled for the second time and put runners on second and third with two outs. Casey Rowland singled in the Lady Wolfpack’s first run of the game, but Thompson was out on the relay throw to preserve the win for starting pitcher Kristen Carr, who was 33-7 this year.
@BR Scoreline:Class AAAAA Collins Hill 3, Harrison 1
Collins Hill had to come from behind against Harrison as it rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to erase a one-run deficit.
Winning pitcher Kayla Floor (23-2) had pitched all four games for Collins Hill in the tournament.
Harrison got on the scoreboard early with two singles and two errors.
Collins Hill, however produced three consecutive run-scoring singles in the fifth inning, and Floor allowed two hits after the first inning to help the Eagles win their second straight GHSA title.
— Ronald Frazier is an independent correspondent. You can write to him at email@example.com