A year after sending three teams to the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs, it looks like Columbia County will be strong once again.
Last year, it was Lakeside High nipping Evans to win the Region 2-AAAAA title.
The Greenbrier Wolfpack made another run at a state title, finishing as the runner-up for the second consecutive season after beginning the tournament as a No. 4 seed.
Who will be the top dog coming out of the county this year?
In the opening weeks, Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside have combined to go 19-5, led by Evans’ gaudy 8-1 mark.
Those records will change of course when county teams start to go head-to-head in subregion play.
The first such meetings were scheduled for Friday with Lakeside taking on Evans and Greenbrier matching up against Grovetown.
I had Evans down as the favorite before the season began just because of the talent and experience the Knights had coming back, especially on the mound.
The pitching staff has allowed just 12
runs in nine games, including an 11-6 win over Westside on March 3.
The Panthers lost some key pieces from their 2013 squad, but that was a fairly young team. With the experience of being in the state tournament and a year’s worth of growth, the Panthers could be a dangerous team as well.
The Wolfpack have started the year 3-2 with one of the losses coming to a 5-0 Marist team that went 27-9 and was the Class AAAA state runner-up a year ago.
The Grovetown Warriors began the season 5-1, but how will they fare against their county/subregion foes?
The battle for subregion supremacy could be decided the Friday before Masters Week, with the region tournament beginning on Friday, April 18.
Girls lacrosse going strong
Will this be the year that county teams make noise in the state tournament?
The Lakeside girls have jumped out to a 5-0 start to the season. They won the Lady Spartan Shootout in Atlanta for the second consecutive year with three wins, including a 14-8 triumph over Greenbrier’s Lady Wolfpack (3-1) who finished second at the tournament.
The two squads will meet again in the final match of the regular season on April 30 with possible playoff implications for Area 4-AAAAA-A riding on it.