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Softball: Previews of second-round state playoff matchups
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North Forsyth vs. North Gwinnett

When: Wednesday, 5 and 7 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m., if necessary

Records: North Forsyth is 17-13; North Gwinnett is 22-5.

What to Know: North Gwinnett has been a fairly common out-of-region opponent for Forsyth schools this season, and bad news: The Bulldogs have owned their neighbors to the east. They’ve beaten South, West, Lambert once and North twice. That’s not to say this series is totally out of reach for the Raiders: Their second loss to North Gwinnett was by a tight 4-3 margin, and while North Forsyth is hot, having won nine of its last 10 games, the Bulldogs aren’t as much so, having fallen in their last three regular season games before the playoffs.

What’s next: The winner will face either Woodstock or Hillgrove.

South Forsyth at Mill Creek

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

Records: South is 12-14; Mill Creek is 24-3.

What to Know: Forsyth County has an okay recent history with the Hawks: Last year, Lambert topped Mill Creek in its first-round playoff series, coming back with 2-1 and 1-0 wins after losing the first game 3-2. But that was a relative down year for the program, with the Hawks finishing with a 14-14 record, and this season is not. In fact, the Hawks haven’t lost at all in over a month. Forsyth probably drew the toughest region pairing possible for the second round, and this is a prime example of why.

What’s Next:  The winner will face either Newnan or (Lowndes/Etowah)