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Softball: Region 6-AAAAAA tournament preview

Lambert seeks first region title

POSTED: October 3, 2013 3:26 p.m.
Brian Paglia/Forsyth County News

Lauren Bearden and West Forsyth enter the Region 6-AAAAAA tournament looking to qualify for the state playoffs again.

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Favorite: Lambert. The Lady Longhorns are 25-2 for a reason. They boast a dominant pitcher in Kassie Howard and the offense scores with ease. Lambert hasn’t given up more than five runs in a game this season and had won 19 of its last 20 games as of press time Thursday.

Contender: South Forsyth and North Forsyth. The Lady War Eagles were the only Region 6-AAAAAA team to defeat Lambert as of press time, winning 5-4 in an early season matchup. South has one of the best all-around players in senior shortstop Meghan Rud. She holds the program record for most career steals.

North won the region last season and could retain the title behind pitchers Lea Ann Porter and Sydney Turner. Turner is a threat at the plate, as she is batting over .500 and broke the program record last season with 40 RBIs.

Darkhorse: West Forsyth doesn’t have a dominant player, but uses a combination of girls to get the job done. Lauren Bearden is the team’s ace in the circle and has guided the team to a strong finish. The Lady Wolverines had won nine games in a row before falling to Lambert.

Outlook: Lambert looks like the heavy favorite, but all four Forsyth County schools should make the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Chattahoochee, Centennial, Johns Creek and Alpharetta haven’t beaten a Forsyth team in the region all season.

 

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