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Softball state playoffs: West Forsyth at North Gwinnett
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West Forsyth has the task of taking on the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAAAA in the first round of the state playoffs. - photo by File photo

West Forsyth at North Gwinnett

When, where: Wednesday, 4 and 6 p.m.; Thursday, 6 p.m. (if necessary) at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee.

Records, rankings, seedings: West Forsyth is 16-10, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; North Gwinnett is 28-2, the No. 1 seed from Region 7 and ranked No. 1.

What to know: West Forsyth has the greatest challenge of all the Forsyth teams in the playoffs, taking on the top-ranked team in the state on the road. West already played North Gwinnett once this year, falling 5-3 in a neutral site game. North Gwinnett has seven players that have batted above .300 with at least 60 plate appearances, led by Erin Wilbur, who has a .462 average with 22 runs scored, and 11 RBIs. The Lady Bulldogs don’t go long often—they have just five home runs. The Bulldogs also have three pitchers—seniors Kylee and Rachel Smith, and freshman Chandler Dennis—who all have nine wins and ERAs below 1.22.

West will counter with a similar small-ball style of play, led by Bailley Concatto and Kenneaw State commit Alana Frye. Starting pitcher Kelly Carpenter has been dominant in stretches this season, but won’t have much room for error against such a potent lineup. The Lady Wolverines will need to get back on track—they’re 3-4 in their last seven games, dating back to a 4-2 loss against Lambert.

Who’s next: The winner will play the Rockdale County-South Cobb winner.