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Softball: Previews of second round playoff matchups
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South Forsyth's Makenna Segal (10) congratulates Ellie Balose after she crossed the plate on a sacrifice bunt on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. - photo by David Almeda

North Forsyth vs Hillgrove

When: Wednesday, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.; Thursday. 5:00 p.m. if necessary.

Records: North is 28-2, 11-1 in Region 5-7A; Hillgrove is 20-7, 12-3 in Region 3-7A.

What to know: North predictably blasted Berkmar last week to move on to a series against Hillgrove that should actually be competitive for them. The Raiders have prided themselves on their bats all season, and they'll need them against a team like the Hawks that fell just short of a region title. North's pitching might be in for a challenge: Hillgrove scored more runs than anyone in its region. Still, the Hawks don't seem unbeatable: They fell to Kennesaw Mountain three times, needed extras to beat an inferior North Paulding team and lost to Brookwood, a team that saw an early playoff exit at the hands of South Forsyth.

What’s next: The winner will face Mountain View or Cherokee.


South Forsyth vs Peachtree Ridge

When: Wednesday, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m. if necessary.

Records: South is 14-17, 6-6 in Region 5-7A; Peachtree Ridge is 13-14, 5-10 in Region 6-7A.

What to know: It took the War Eagles three games to do it, but with a solid offensive showing and a monster game from Katie Traynor to beat Brookwood in Game 3 last week, South punched its ticket to the second round. They'll host Peachtree Ridge, a team that snuck into the playoffs as an at-large and found a way to upset Region 3-7A champion Kennesaw Mountain in the first round. The Lions' overall season has been somewhat inconsistent, but they did play in one of 7A's better softball regions with Mill Creek, Mountain View and North Gwinnett. Still, if South can play error-free and have the bats around Makenna Segal heat up, they have a decent chance to move on.

What’s next: The winner will face Etowah or North Gwinnett.