GUYTON, GA -- The Richmond Hill Wildcats (12-8, 9-6 Region 2-6A) couldn't secure the Region 2-6A championship, falling short to Effingham County.
In a rainy contest, the Wildcats couldn't get the win against the Rebels on Wednesday, losing 2-0.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats entered the region tournament as a fourth seed before defeating Statesboro and the reigning Region 2-6A champions South Effingham to advance to the title game.
"They never lost confidence in themselves," Wildcats Head Coach Chris Jenkins said at the conclusion of the tournament. "They continued to work from the time we started workouts in June. They've come out everyday, worked hard, and kept a great attitude. They're extremely coachable. Yesterday's (Tuesday) game was a perfect example beating the defending region champions. We came out and had a great approach at the plate and did the little things right that you have to do to win games. Today's game was well played but the things we did so well yesterday wasn't executed today. If we could get the bunt down or do a better job at putting the ball in play, this result might've ended up being a little bit different. It'll be a learning experience for us."
With the Wildcats reaching the region title, they jumped from a four seed to two seed once the GHSA 6A state softball playoffs begin.
This will allow them to host a playoff game on Oct. 12.
"That's a tremendous accomplishment," Jenkins said about the looming homefield advantage during the playoffs. "Anytime you get to host a playoff and get to play against your home crowd is a great accomplishment. I know the girls will enjoy it. We're going to have our hands full regardless of who we play in the playoffs. We're going to continue to work and get better and hopefully we'll have a little bit of a run."
Their opponent will be announced once other regions wrap up their tournaments.