High School Sports

Columbus softball is preseason No. 1 in coaches poll

The Columbus softball team is fresh off its first Class AAA state title and Georgia softball coaches are already expecting the Blue Devils to come out with another championship-caliber season.

Columbus came out as No. 1 in Class AAA in the coaches poll released this week. They are the only local GHSA team ranked in the top 10.

The team returns seven of nine starters, including pitcher Chandler Padgett.

Columbus opens the season tonight with a scrimmage against Pacelli and then plays this weekend in the Jordan tournament, including a Friday night matchup against Northside, the team they faced for the Class AAA state championship.