After a stellar regular season, the Richmond Hill Lady Wildcats begin postseason play at home today in the first round of the Region 3-AAAAA softball tournament.
The Lady Wildcats wrapped up the No. 2 seed in Region 3-AAAAA North by edging Effingham County 5-4 on Saturday, their sixth straight win and 11th in their last 12 games.
Richmond Hill will host Camden County in a doubleheader today starting at 4 p.m. The third game, if necessary, would be on Friday.
Richmond Hill finished the regular season at 19-6 overall and 7-1 in the sub-region. Camden County, the No. 3 seed from 3-AAAAA South, went 10-9 and 4-4.
RHHS scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday to erase a 2-1 deficit. Effingham rallied for two runs in the seventh to close the gap to 5-4, but the Lady Wildcats held on.
Hannah Fitzgerald and Haley Taylor each had two hits and Aubri Reed drove in two runs for Richmond Hill. The Lady Wildcats also took advantage of five Effingham errors.
BCHS blanks Bucs
Bryan County wrapped up the regular season Monday with a 15-0 rout at McIntosh County Academy.
The Lady Redskins, the regular-season region runner-up, raised their record to 21-7 overall and 12-2 in Region 2-AA. BCHS will host a doubleheader in the region tournament on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.
Brooke Barfield led the Lady Redskins at the plate on the mound against MCA. She finished 3-for-4, including a double and a triple, and drove in five runs.
Barfield also pitched a three-hit shutout. The senior ace struck out seven batters and walked none in her final regular-season game for BCHS.
Layton Harrell and Alayna Williams each went 2-for-4 with a double. Williams drove in three runs, and Shelby Gunn added two RBIs as part of her 2-for-4 day.
The game was called by run rule after the Lady Redskins scored five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Bryan County ended the regular season with three straight wins by a combined 36-1 score.
BCHS and Vidalia (24-3, 13-1) each earned first-round byes for the region tournament. As the top seed, Vidalia will play the lower-seeded winner from the first round.