Gwinnett County's chances of being represented in this year's NCAA Women's College World Series look pretty good, with five local products alive in this week's Super Regional round.
College softball is down to its Sweet 16 --the winners of the Super Regional series advance to the eight-team WCWS -- and one of this week's clashes involves former high school teammates.
The Alabama-Tennessee series, which begins today in Knoxville, pits Buford grads Lexi Overstreet and Kallie Case against each other. Both are primarily reserves as freshmen -- Overstreet has a .273 average with eight RBIs and Case has a .241 average with a pair of RBIs.
The other three Gwinnett players in the Super Regionals will play more substantial roles for their teams.
Michigan freshman Sierra Lawrence, a first-team All-Big Ten selection this season, plays a series today in Ann Arbor vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. The Greater Atlanta Christian grad has a .340 batting average with seven home runs and 38 RBIs.
A pair of Mill Creek grads also will compete in the Super Regionals, Morgan Bullock with Florida State and Nikki Sagermann with Kentucky.
Bullock, a senior, leads the Seminoles with a .354 batting average and also has 23 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. FSU begins play today in a series at Texas.
Sagermann immediately worked her way into Kentucky's lineup, taking a .311 batting average with six homers and 25 RBIs into a Saturday series at Arizona State. She had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the Wildcats' NCAA opener, a 2-1, eight-inning victory over Marshall. One of her teammates is Duluth resident Darington Richardson, a freshman who went to Woodward Academy.
This year's WCWS will be May 30-June 5 in Oklahoma City.