Big week for softball teams

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

September 23, 2013

They’ll know a lot more by the end of the week.

The LaGrange Lady Grangers are in solid position to earn one of Region 5-AAAA’s playoff spots, but whether they still have a chance to be a one or two seed could be largely determined this week with huge games against Columbus and Alexander.

Troup, meanwhile, is on the outside of the top four in Region 5-AAAA at the moment, but it still has a chance to move into playoff position, and it could make a big move with a couple of wins this week.

In Region 4-AAA, Callaway is in tune-up mode for its region tournament.

There isn’t a postseason tournament in Region 5-AAAA, meaning the teams that finish among the top four in the regular season will be moving on to state, while the other teams will be on the outside looking in.

LaGrange has a tough week, beginning with a home showdown against the rival Columbus Lady Blue Devils today.

LaGrange (14-7 overall) is 6-2 in the region, and one of those losses came against Columbus, which is also 6-2 in the region.

In their second region game, the Lady Grangers lost to the Lady Blue Devils 6-1.

Then on Thursday, LaGrange is on the road against the region’s top team, Alexander, which hasn’t lost a region game.

Earlier this season, Alexander grabbed the early lead and held on for a 4-2 victory over LaGrange.

“They’re just solid,” LaGrange head coach Jan Jones said of Alexander. “They’ve got a good pitcher on the mound.”

If the Lady Grangers win both games this week, they’ll be alone in second place, one game behind Alexander for first.

If LaGrange loses both games, it will probably be in fourth place, and it will have been swept by the top two teams in the region.

“We need to take care of business against Columbus and Alexander,” Jones said. “We can only control what we control. Those are big games.”

Since the loss to Alexander, LaGrange is 13-3, and it has won five consecutive region games.

The Lady Grangers have won their past five games overall, and they’ve only given up one run during that stretch thanks largely to the dominance of senior pitcher Emily Anderson.

Like LaGrange, Troup has also been playing well of late.

The Lady Tigers (10-10 overall) have won seven of their past eight games, including a pair of wins over Callaway on Saturday.

Troup has some ground to make up in the region, though.

The Lady Tigers are 3-5 in the region, leaving them two games behind fourth-place Carrollton, but they should have a chance to improve on that record when they visit Sandy Creek today.

Troup beat Sandy Creek 12-0 in the first meeting this season.

Troup then has a critical home game with Carrollton on Thursday.

If the Lady Tigers win both games this week, they’d likely be just one game out of fourth place, but a loss to Carrollton would probably leave them three games out of the fourth spot.

Callaway (11-11 overall) will conclude its Region 4-AAA schedule with a home game against Rockmart today.

Callaway finishes the regular season on Wednesday with a home game against Hardaway.

The Lady Cavaliers are 5-4 in the region, and no matter what happens today, they’ll be the fourth seed for the region tournament.

Callaway trails Central-Carroll (9-0) and Rockmart (7-2) in the sub-region, while Chapel Hill (6-2) is tops in the other sub-region.

Callaway was also the fourth seed in last year’s region tournament, but it fell one game short of state after losing to Haralson County,