The Briarwood Lady Bucs took a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Gatewood School Monday at Briarwood, forcing a playoff for the GISA Region 1AA championship with Brentwood School of Sandersville Tuesday.
The playoff between the two softball teams, both 8-2 in region play, was scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at a neutral site - Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville.
The winner of the match up will go as Region 1AA's top seed into this weekend's state softball playoffs, which begin Saturday at Southern Pines Regional Park in Dublin. The loser will go into the playoffs as the number two seed from Region 1AA.
The Region 1AA champions will face the number four team from Region 3 in the first round of play, while the runners-up will face the number three team from Region 3, also in the first round of play.
The Lady Bucs had to win their final four region games in order to force the playoff for the region championship, and the Lady Bucs rose to the occasion.
They won the first three easily, dominating Monroe, 10-1; Gatewood, 16-7; and Piedmont, 15-1.
But the Lady Bucs got off to a slow start early in Monday's rematch with Gatewood, falling behind 2-0 at the end of the first, and then 3-0 at the end of the third, before they came alive.
"We were kind of shell-shocked," Coach Christian Tiller said. "We'd get up to bat and didn't hit, didn't hit, didn't hit."
The Lady Bucs took the field against region foe Piedmont Academy last Thursday, September 28, at Briarwood knowing that it was a "must win" game.
"We were focused. We knew we had to win," Coach Tiller said.
And win they did.
Nine of the Lady Bucs' first 10 batters scored to go up 9-1 at the end of the first.
The game was eventually called on the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.
"I was extremely proud of the way we played - how sharp we were, how focused," Coach Tiller said.