The softball playoffs are here and the Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers are in the thick of it all.
They finished second in the Region 1-A standings and will hold the first-round of the Class A Georgia Independent Schools Association on Monday at the Briarwood field. Briarwood's opponent in the best 2-of-3 game series is undetermined. The winner will advance to the final round of the state playoffs in Milledgeville on Oct. 17.
Coach Hannah Demore is pleased her team has made it back into the playoffs.
"This is what you play for all season," she said. "We really finished the season strong and we are looking really good for the playoffs."
In the only game Briarwood played last week, the Lady Buccaneers lost a heartbreaker to Piedmont Academy on Sept. 28. The final score was 4-3.
Piedmont went up 2-1 after the first inning. Briarwood's first run was scored by senior pitcher Gerry Hall, who smashed a double into the left center field gap with two outs. Senior first baseman Taylor Echols drove her in with an RBI double in almost the same place Hall hit her double.
Piedmont increased its lead to 3-1 in the third inning.
Then in the fifth inning, the Lady Bucs struck for two more runs to tie the game at 3-3.
Briarwood freshman right fielder Megan May delivered a one-out double to left field and later raced home on a double by senior center fielder Lizzie Keen. Left fielder Emily Henderson kept things alive with a two-out RBI single that scored Keen to tie.
Piedmont scored the winning run in the sixth inning.
Defensively, Keen made an "incredible" catch in center field, according to Demore.
Megan Smith also was praised after coming in in the fifth inning. "She really did a good job," Demore said.
Echols, who has been coming through with key hits of late, was the only Briarwood player to have two hits.