Atlanta Public Schools softball teams claimed all four state playoff spots this week in the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) Class AA-Region 6. The teams are South Atlanta, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA), Therrell and Washington.
The group is led by South Atlanta (14-5 overall, 8-2 in Class AA-Region 6), which won the region title with an 8-3 win over CSKYWLA in the region championship game on Wednesday. CSKYWLA (13-1, 10-1 in the region) went into the game undefeated, having beaten South Atlanta twice this season (11-10 and 24-12). While the Eagles had to settle for second place, they finished with the best regular season record in school history.
By winning the region championship, the first one in school history, South Atlanta goes into the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed from Class AA-Region 6. The Hornets will host Oglethorpe County, Oct. 12, in the first round. Oglethorpe County is the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 8.
CSKYWLA is the No. 2 seed and will host Monticello, the No. 3 seed from Class AA-Region 8, Oct. 12 or Oct. 13.
Therrell (7-8, 5-5) claimed the No. 3 seed in the region and will travel to Elbert County, the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 8, for the first round of the state playoffs, Oct. 12 or Oct. 13.
Washington (5-8, 4-6) is the No. 4 seed in the region and will visit Region 8-champion Social Circle (Walton County) in the first round, Oct. 12 or 13.
As the regular season begins to wind down, every game has state playoff implications.
Washington’s playoff chances took a bit of a hit Thursday night, as the Bulldogs were beaten by Hapeville Charter (Fulton County), 34-0. Washington’s record dropped to 2-5 overall, 1-2 in Class AA-Region 6. Bulldogs are now in fifth place in the region, one game out of one of the four playoff spots.
South Atlanta (2-5 overall, 0-3 in Class AA-Region 6) and Therrell (2-4, 0-2) will face each other tonight at 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, for Therrell’s homecoming. Both teams are winless in the region and must pick up a victory to stay alive in the race for one of the region’s four state playoff spots. Therrell leads in the all-time series between the two teams, 7-6, but South Atlanta won the most recent meeting, 34-30, last season.
In other games involving APS teams on Friday:
Mays (4-1, 3-0 in Class AAAAAA-Region 5) at Douglas County (4-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium in Douglasville
Douglass (3-2, 2-1 in Class AA-Region 6) at Forest Park (Clayton) (0-7), 7:30 p.m., Tara Stadium in Jonesboro