published Friday, November 1st, 2013

Northwest Whitfield, Heritage meet again in state

COLUMBUS, Ga. — All six northwest Georgia softball teams are still alive in the GHSA state tournament, and at least one classification will have a state finalist from the area.

Northwest Whitfield and Heritage will square off for the sixth time today at 5 p.m. in the Class AAAA winners-bracket final at the Columbus Softball Complex. Northwest's Lady Bruins rode BriLeigh Baggett's no-hitter to upend top-ranked Madison County 5-0 in the second round, while Heritage pitcher Lauren Lawson tossed a one-hitter and hit a three-run homer as the Generals downed Walnut Grove 7-1.

"I'm not surprised a bit we're playing them again," Northwest coach Jason Brooker said. "We know each other so well, so it should be another good one. It says a lot about our area that so many teams are still alive."

Calhoun reached the winners-bracket final in Class AA, but Region 7 rival Dade County lost 1-0 in nine innings to Heard County after an opening win.

Gordon Lee posted a pair of impressive 8-0 wins in Class A and will face Georgia Military today at 5, while Ringgold went 1-1 on Thursday, defeating Rockmart 7-4 before falling to top-ranked Buford, 10-2. The Lady Tigers will have to go through the losers bracket to make it back to the Class AAA finals.

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6296.

about Lindsey Young...

Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...

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