Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Peachtree Ridge seniors Sam Pierannunzi (00), Quinn Hill (15), Sarah Walker (12), and Kayla Jones (14) prepare for the first round of the high school softball Class AAAAAA State Playoffs as they face South Forsyth on Wednesday.
Best two-of-three series
(all games doubleheaders)
Archer at North Gwinnett
Collins Hill at Milton
Lassiter at Peachtree Ridge
Mill Creek at Grayson
Franklin County at Buford
Washington-Wilkes at Wesleyan
Two more wins and Peachtree Ridge's state softball drought will end.
That's the plan for head coach Bubba Wilson and the sixth-ranked Lions, who host No. 5 Lassiter in a second-round, best-of-three series beginning Wednesday. They have stayed focused during the long season with the goal of being one of the eight teams remaining for the final state round next week in Columbus.
"We're as close to (Columbus) as we've been in awhile," Wilson said. "The girls are excited. We're excited. Hopefully that will get us through one more series."
Lassiter, which upset Region 8-AAAAAA champion Brookwood in the first round, won't be an easy matchup for the Lions. Wilson compared the Trojans to Mill Creek — solid in all phases.
Seniors continue to lead Peachtree Ridge's push to Columbus. The Lions (27-5) got major contributions in last week's first-round win over South Forsyth from their four standout 12th-graders — Sam Pierannunzi, Kayla Jones, Sarah Walker and Quinn Hill.
"Our core of seniors are carrying the weight," Wilson said. "They're the core of our team."
Hill (13-3) and Walker (14-4) had solid pitching efforts in Round 1, while the offense produced a whopping 24 runs.
Walker hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs in Game 1. Andie McGregor drove in four runs in Game 2 and Pierannunzi had a home run.
Outside of slip-up to North Gwinnett in the region tournament finals, the Lions have been rolling.
"Our philosophy has been pretty simple, not walk people, play defense and get timely hitting," Wilson said. "That's the way we've gone about things."