Saturday June 19th, 2021 11:22PM

Softball playoffs: Area region champs roll into 2nd round; 1st round scores

By AccessWDUN Staff | Photos and Video by Seth Chapman

Region champions Buford, Flowey Branch, and Banks County all opened the 2020 state softball playoffs in impressive style Monday.

The Lady Wolves, the Region 8-6A champins, held off East Paulding 8-0 and 21-10 in a first round sweep at the Buford Softball Complex. The wins moved Buford to 28-4 overall and into the second round of the Class 6A tournament. They will take on River Ridge, which swept Kennesaw Mountain, on Thursday in a best-of-three series. However, Habersham Central was knocked out of the 6A tournament by Region 5-6A champion Alexander, 1-0 and 10-4.

In Class 4A, Flowery Branch and Jefferson both took sweeps to advance. The Lady Falcons, the top seed from Region 8-4A, got a perfect game effort from Alyssa Wagner in the circle in whipping Fayette County 16-0 and 15-0. The Lady Falcons (20-3) will play host to Cedartown, which hammered Druid Hills 20-0 and 17-0, in the second round on Thursday. Also in Class 4A, Jefferson, the No. 3 seed from 8-4A, held off Luella in a 10-1 and 9-7 on the road. The Lady Dragons next will travel to Heritage-Catoosa, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-4A.

In Class AA, Banks County, the defending state champion, rolled past Callaway 5-0 and 12-0 to open defense of its title. The Lady Leopards next will play host to Pepperell, the No. 3 seed from Region 7-2A, which upset Pace Academy 4-2 and 8-1 in their first round matchup.

The Class 3A and Class A Public tournaments will get under way on Tuesday, with Game 3s, if necessary, and Wednesday.

(Best-of-3 format at higher seeded team)
Buford 8-21, East Paulding 0-10 (Buford wins series 2-0)
Alexander 1-10, Habersham Central 0-4 (Alexander wins series 2-0)

Flowery Branch 16-15, Fayette County 0-0 (Branch wins series 2-0)
Jefferson 10-9, Luella 1-7 (Jefferson wins series 2-0)

Banks County 5-12, Callaway 0-0 (Banks County wins series 2-0)
Bremen 8-13, Rabun County 0-2 (Bremen wins series 2-0)
Heard County 8-7, Union County 0-2 (Heard County wins series 2-0)

(Best-of-3 format at higher seeded team)
(Games 1 & 2 on Tuesday; Game 3, if necessary, on Wednesday)

North Hall (R7, S4) at Coahulla Crekk (R6, S1)
Rockmart (R6, S3) at Lumpkin County (R7, S2)
White County (R7, S3) at Sonoraville R6, S2)

Chattahoochee County (R5, S4) at Commerce (R8, S1)

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