HOMER — Defending Class 2A state champion Banks County continues to roll in the 2020 state playoffs.
The Lady Leopards whipped Pepperell 7-2 and 11-1 to sweep the two teams' second round series in the Class 2A state softball tournament Thursday at home. Banks County now moves into the quarterfinals and will play host to the Vidalia-Jefferson County winner on Tuesday. The Lady Leopards earned the home field advantage after the GHSA universal coin toss.
In Class 6A, Buford, the Region 8-6A champ, split with Region 7-6A No. 3 River Ridge on Thursday at the Buford Softball Complex. Buford won the first game 3-0 but River Ridge answered with a 5-2 victory in the second game. Game 3 will be Friday in Buford with the winner traveling to take on South Effingham in the quarterfinals.
In the Class 4A tournament, Jefferson went on the road Thursday in the second round and got a split against Region 7-4A champion Heritage-Catoosa.
The Lady Dragons are the No. 3 seed out of Region 8-4A. Jefferson took the opening 2-0 but dropped the second game 6-0 to send it a deciding third game on Friday. The winner on Friday's game moves on the quarterfinals, which will be played at the higher seeded team on Tuesday.
However, Region 8-4A champion Flowery Branch was knocked out of the Class 4A playoffs by Cedartown in an 8-4 and 11-6 sweep at home.
(Check back later for more second round scores.)
STATE PLAYOFFS 2nd ROUND SCHEDULE FOR Oct. 22
Best-of-3 format at higher seeded team)
(Games 1 & 2 on Thursday; Game 3, if necessary, on Friday)
River Ridge 0-5, Buford 3-5 (Series tied 1-1)
Cedartown 8-11, Flowery Branch 4-6 (Cedartown wins series 2-0)
Jefferson 2-0, Heritage-Catoosa 0-6 (Series tied 1-1)
Banks County 7-11, Pepperell 2-1 (Banks County wins series 2-0)
STATE PLAYOFFS 2nd ROUND SCHEDULE FOR Oct. 23
(Best-of-3 format at higher seeded team)
(Games 1 & 2 on Friday; Game 3, if necessary, on Saturday)
River Ridge (R7, S3) at Buford (R8, S1) -- Game 3
Jefferson (R8, S3) at Heritage-Catoosa (R7, S1) -- Game 3
CLASS A PUBLIC
Trion (R6, S2) at Commerce (R8, S1)