Last week, regional tournaments for baseball, soccer and tennis were going in full force. Let’s start with a few surprises. Teams that won on the first day also automatically qualified for their respective state tournaments.
The Lakeside girls entered the Region 2-AAAA regional as the No. 4 seed, facing top-seeded Glynn Academy. The Lady Panthers went into halftime down 1-0, but got goals from Ana Whitehouse and Tessa Geyer for the 2-1 win. They traveled to face No. 3 seed Richmond Hill, who moved on after beating Evans 5-2.
The Evans boys played host to Wayne County and won 5-1 on Tuesday, getting goals from Jake Shepherd (2), Iri Sibal, Larry Beauchamp and Daniel Day. They were slated to play at Glynn Academy on Friday.
Tuesday night, Harlem took Hephzibah out of the Region 3-AAA Tournament, sweeping the doubleheader 11-0 and 14-4.
Tyler Wirsu pitched a five-inning, one-hit complete game in the opener. In the nightcap, Bulldogs’ pitcher Chaise Dukes ran his record to 7-1 with the win.
Grovetown entered Region 3-AAA play as a No. 4 seed, but took No. 1 Cross Creek to a third game before losing 7-2 Thursday night.
Harlem travels to Cross Creek at 5:30 p.m. Monday for the second round of playoffs.
In Region 2-AAAA, top-seeded Greenbrier played host to Brunswick in a doubleheader Friday with a possible deciding game Saturday if needed.
Same for Evans, who entered as the No. 4 seed and traveled to Richmond Hill on Friday.
The tournament’s second round is slated to continue Tuesday night.
The Greenbrier and Lakeside girls easily advanced to the Region 2-AAAA final. Because of weather, the final was moved to Greenbrier Friday morning. Greenbrier’s girls entered the tournament unbeaten and got off to a quick start with a 5-0 defeat of Wayne County Tuesday.
Both Lakeside teams performed well, advancing to the second round as the girls blanked Richmond Hill 5-0 while the boys downed Ware County 4-1.