Richmond Hill High School takes on Greenbrier today in Evans in the first round of the state Class AAAAA playoffs.
The Lady Wildcats (17-11) are in the state softball tournament for the first time since 2009.
"The girls are very excited to be playing in the state playoffs," Richmond Hill coach Angie Hummeldorf said. "This is a new experience and challenge for them."
Richmond Hill is the No. 4 seed from Region 3-AAAAA. Greenbrier (25-16) is the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAA.
Both squads were in Region 2-AAAA last year and met in the region playoffs, where Greenbrier won both games.
"Greenbrier is a very well-coached team and has a tradition of winning within their program.," Hummeldorf said. "They will be tough to beat, but I strongly believe anybody can beat anybody any given day."
Amber Rivera leads the Lady Wildcats with a .377 batting average. She also has a .580 on base percentage.
Four other Richmond Hill starters are batting over .300 — Ciara Patrick is hitting .346, Sophia Lorimer is hitting .320, and both Cristy Davenport and Natalie Corbin are batting .305.
Lorimer has a .526 on base percentage. Daveport has an OBA of .500.
Hummeldorf is in her first year as head coach after spending the past four seasons as an assistant. She said she’s been working to "reload the program from the ground up," and worked with assistant coaches to develop a foundation and guiding philosophy she calls the Foundational Four.
It includes teamwork, discipline, attitude and effort.
"Do I feel we are 100 percent there?" she said. "No, not quite yet, but I do feel we have made lots of progress throughout the year."
The Lady Wildcats play at 5 and 7 p.m. A third game will played Thursday in Evans at 4 p.m. if necessary.