Calhoun, Sonoraville Softball are State contenders; Braves
Football is back and baseball is rolling down the stretch with pennant races heating up. I was talking to some of my friends the other day about how weird it will be for the Braves to be relevant in September again this year as for the last several years, I’ve been fully focused on football by this point of Atlanta’s season. Should be a fun time. Here’s a few topics I’ve been thinking about both on the local scene and further reaching as well:
Calhoun, Sonoraville Softball look to be set on course to Columbus
Both the Calhoun and Sonoraville softball teams earned a trip to Columbus last season for the Class AAA Elite Eight. And judging by the first month-plus of the season, it would be a surprise if either didn’t make the trip this year.
The Lady Jackets and Lady Phoenix have looked impressive in the first half of the season as they have each made it clear that they are state title contenders in Class AAA and more than likely on a collision course for the Region 6-AAA title game. The rivals have played twice and split the meetings with each being decided by one run. Sonoraville won the first meeting 1-0 on the back of a dominant pitching performance by Kristen Davis and a clutch, game-winning hit by Shayna Dutton. Calhoun turned around and earned a 4-3 win in the second game in extra innings on a walk-off hit by Molly Walker after the Lady Phoenix had rallied from down 3-0 to tie the game.
I’ve covered both of the matchups and I can say for sure that both games have been played at a high level and both have been playofflike atmospheres. Both teams boast ace pitchers, incredible defense and potent lineups. Both have a legitimate shot at winning a state title.
There is still a lot of softball to be played and a lot of different variables that could happen, but don’t be surprised if these two teams do battle once again in the Region 6- AAA Tournament. Luckily, this year’s 6-AAA Tourney is at the new Calhoun Rec Department fields off McDaniel Station Road.
Beyond that, don’t be surprised if they see each other in Columbus. That would be a longer drive for folks here, but I have no doubt that each would bring a huge crowd. See 8B