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Thursday September 19th, 2019 9:02AM

Softball: Region play heating up for second half stretch

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

Several northeast Georgia area regions have hit the halfway point in the girls softball season as play gets back under way after the Labor Day holiday.

As expected, several high-profile programs are at the top while some newcomers are trying to push their way into the upper-tier of their respective regions.

The most challenging region is Region 8-3A, which houses defending 2018 state champion Franklin County and 2018 state runner-up Jefferson, as well as 2016 state champion East Jackson. At the midway point in 8-3A, Franklin County and Jackson County are tied atop the standings with 5-1 records. Jefferson sits in third at 4-2 with East Jackson and Morgan County tied for fourth at 2-3. Monroe Area and Hart County are 1-5 in region play.

In Region 7-3A, East Hall currently holds the top spot with a perfect 6-0 mark. Second place Lumpkin County trails by a game at 5-1 with Dawson County in third at 4-3. Cherokee Bluff sits fourth at 3-3 while Greater Atlanta Christian is 3-4, North Hall is 1-5, and Fannin County is 0-6.

In Region 8-2A, Banks County and Union County are tied for first with 3-0 records. Social Circle is third at 2-1 with Rabun County, Elbert County, Monticello, and Oglethorpe County all tied for fourth with 1-2 marks. Putnam County is eighth at 0-3 so far.

Region 7-4A has four teams within a game of each other at the midway point. Marist and Flowery Branch are tied for the top spot with 5-1 records. Blessed Trinity is third at 4-1 and Denmark is fourth with a 3-1 mark. White County is fifth at 2-4 while Chestatee (0-4) and West Hall (0-7) have yet to snag a region win.

Dacula has opened a 1 1/2-game lead on Apalachee at the halfway point in Region 8-6A. The Lady Falcons are a perfect 6-0 while the Lady Wildcats are 5-2. Habersham Central sits third at 3-3 with Winder-Barrow and Lanier tied for fourth with 2-4 records. Gainesville is 1-6.

Only a handful of teams in Region 8-A play softball with George Walton currently 4-0 and atop the standings. Commerce and Hebron Christian are tied for second with 3-1 records and Prince Avenue Christian is fourth at 3-3. Towns County (2-4) is just a game back in fifth while Providence Christian is still winless in region play.

Region 8-5A with Buford and Johnson has yet to start region play. However, it will get going with a bang when Buford takes on 2018 state runner-up Loganville on Sept. 10 to open things up.

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