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County spring sports teams performing well

Posted: April 15, 2012 - 12:08am

If I handed out an award for best spring sports program, this year it would have to go to Greenbrier High School.

The Wolfpack have dominated Region 2-AAAA for most of the year.

The girls tennis team made it through their schedule unscathed in seven matches heading into Friday’s match with South Effingham. They dropped just three sets all year. The Lady Wolfpack travel to Statesboro Tuesday for the Region 2-AAAA Tournament.

The boys and girls soccer teams and the baseball team were undefeated in the region heading into Friday’s regular season finales.

The soccer teams play host to the first round of the region tournament Tuesday. The girls will play Ware County at 5:30 p.m. while the boys will play either Ware County or Wayne County.

The baseball team will begin the first round of the region tournament at home Friday, playing host to either Wayne County or Brunswick.

With the way Tuesday looks, I’ll need to have a few clones.

With Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Lakeside, the Evans girls soccer team finished second in Region 2-AAAA and will also play host to a first-round game. Depending on what happened Friday, the Evans boys or Lakeside boys could also be playing host to a region soccer game.

In Harlem, the Bulldogs were poised to finish first or second in Region 3B-AAA baseball. Either way, a win Friday night would ensure they play host to a home game on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs needed help to finish first, mainly Grovetown needed to beat Thomson on Friday night. A win over Thomson by the Warriors could potentially leave the top four teams deadlocked with 7-3 region records. Because of head-to-head run differential tie-breakers, the Warriors would finish no higher than third if they beat Thomson by more than three runs.

No matter the outcome, head coach Mike Jones should be commended for the job he’s done. After losing two in a row March 20-21, the Warriors turned their season around and won five in a row heading into Friday. They won their past three by a 52-0 margin. With the way they’re rolling, teams might not want to face them in the postseason.

The Warriors’ strong finish is indicative of the way they have improved since the program started in 2010. That year, the Warriors went 9-17. They were 12-16 in 2011 and heading into Friday they were 12-8. Jones called what the Warriors have done in 2012 “a big, big deal.” He also said this is a group that has grown together, and a roster with six seniors, six juniors and a sophomore would bear that out.

Kassie Bailey, a 2008 Greenbrier graduate, continues to stand out for Mercer University softball. She is second on the team in batting with a .319 average and leads the team with 29 RBI. On the mound, the senior is second on the team in wins, posting a 9-5 record, while the Bears have a 24-16 record. Recently, she was named the College Sports Madness Atlantic Sun Softball Player of the Week.

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