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Softball playoff preview
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Richmond Hill's Bella DuBois legs out a grounder against Brunswick in the Wildcats' 4-2 home win last Friday. - photo by Bryan Browning

The Bryan County and Richmond Hill softball teams are in a holding pattern as they await their respective region tournaments, but the Redskins won’t have to wait as long.

Bryan County ended its regular season with a 9-2 win at home Monday over St. Vincent’s Academy and will host the Saints again at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a play-in game. The Redskins also beat St. Vincent’s 16-4 earlier in the season. Bryan County finishes the regular season at 13-13 overall and 8-7 in Region 2-AA, while St. Vincent’s is 2-16, 0-13.

The Redskins have now won four games in a row and five of their last six, and Coach Al Butler said several players have returned from injuries to allow him to use a more complete lineup.

“We have the ability to put teams away early if we take advantage of it,” he said last week after a 6-1 win over Swainsboro. “We just have to learn how to do that every game.”

The winner of Wednesday’s game moves on to face Metter in a best-of-three series Thursday and Friday while the loser looks ahead to next season. The Redskins and Tigers split their two games this year.  

Richmond Hill, meanwhile, has a home game at 6 p.m. Thursday against Calvary Day, then is off until Oct. 6. The Wildcats captured the No. 1 seed in Region 2-AAAAAA with an 11-1 record and is 16-9 overall.

A three-game series against Effingham last week turned out to be the difference, as Richmond Hill beat the Rebels twice with each team winning at home. Both teams had been undefeated in region play. The third game was decided in dramatic fashion as Hannah Fitzgerald led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo homer to break a 2-2 tie and give the Wildcats a 3-2 win.

Richmond Hill finished region play with a 4-2 win against Brunswick behind Lyndsey Boone’s two RBIs.

Brunswick and Glynn Academy square off at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Effingham to open Region 2-AAAAAA tourney play, with the winner facing Effingham at 6 p.m. Richmond Hill hosts a best-of-three series against that winner with games at 5 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 and the “if necessary” game at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

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