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Evans, Greenbrier move up in playoffs

Posted: October 18, 2011 - 3:59pm  |  Updated: October 18, 2011 - 10:08pm
Sara Caldwell/Staff
Evans High School’s Alexis Schlin bats against Lee County in their softball matchup last Wednesday. Evans will meet Northgate in the second round of the playoffs on Thursday.

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Now that Columbia County's remaining softball and volleyball teams are one step away from the Elite Eight, each must step up in competition in the second round of the state playoffs.

Here are previews for Evans and Greenbrier's second-round contest in softball. Greenbrier's volleyball team began its second round Tuesday:

Evans (24-9) vs. Northgate (20-6)

Wednesday: Doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. (Game 3 if necessary)

Evans High School head coach Colette Cassedy doesn't get too caught up in trying to figure out the quality of a potential opponent.

She believes that it's all relative, as a team could be good against its opponents, but not as good in the big scheme of things.

In addition, she stressed that it doesn't matter how good the team is; the series is decided on the field, not on paper.

That being said, Cassedy admitted that it's hard to ignore that Northgate is a good program.

This second-round series is a rematch of the same two teams in the same round at the same venue as last season.

The Vikings won 2-0 and 5-0 in a two-game sweep in 2010. This year, they come in at No. 9 in the state and have been ranked as high as No. 2.

The Knights last advanced to the Elite Eight in 2009 and are one step away.

Greenbrier (29-6) at Union Grove (30-4)

Today: Doubleheader at 5 p.m.

Thursday: 5 p.m. (Game 3 if necessary)

If there's one team that wants to take out Greenbrier more than any other, Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black believes it's Union Grove.

That's because the Wolfpack defeated the Wolverines three times last season, including twice in Elite Eight play, en route to a state runner-up finish.

Union Grove comes in ranked No. 1 in the state, while Greenbrier is ranked seventh.

The Wolverines outscored their opponent 46-0 in the first round, while the Wolfpack came back for a Game 2 victory before winning handily in Game 3.

Black believes his is the type of team that could give Union Grove trouble.

One thing to note: Greenbrier has seen star Union Grove pitcher Megan Getsa plenty by now.

Getsa is the University of Michigan recruit who threw a pair of three-inning no-hitters and homered in each game in the first round.

Greenbrier senior Casey Rowland has extended her single-season school record for home runs. She hit Nos. 15 and 16 in Game 2 against Hardaway.

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