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The LaGrange High softball team will open the state playoffs on Wednesday at Northwest Whitfield.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
The LaGrange High softball team will open the state playoffs on Wednesday at Northwest Whitfield.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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The state-playoff journey will begin for the softball teams from Callaway and LaGrange this week, with both teams hitting the road for first-round matchups on Wednesday.


Callaway will have the shorter journey.


After finishing fourth in Region 4-AAA, Callaway will travel to Zebulon to face Pike County, the champion of Region 2-AAA.


LaGrange, meanwhile, will head to the northwest corner of the state for its state opener.


LaGrange, the third-place team from Region 5-AAAA, will face Northwest Whitfield, the second-place team from Region 7-AAAA.


Callaway earned its place at state by finishing fourth in its region tournament.


The Lady Cavaliers (15-16 overall) went 8-7 in the region in the regular season, and they then won three straight games in the region tournament to qualify for state.


After thumping Jackson 15-0 in its first tournament game, Callaway swept Haralson County 2-0 and 1-0 in a best-of-three series.


The Lady Cavaliers lost their final two tournament games, but their state spot was secured after beating Haralson County.


Pike County, meanwhile, dominated Region 2-AAA in the regular season, and in the tournament.


After going 9-0 against region foes in the regular season, the Lady Pirates won their three region-tournament games, including a 4-1 win over Jackson in the championship game.


Callaway and Pike County will play a best-of-three series.


They’ll play two games on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m., and if needed, a third game would be Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


LaGrange will look to continue its red-hot play in the state tournament.


The Lady Grangers (20-8 overall) went 11-3 in Region 5-AAAA, and they finished just one game behind Columbus and Alexander for first place.


The Lady Grangers have won six in a row, and they’ve won 11 of their past 12 games.


LaGrange’s opponent this week has also had an exceptional season.


Northwest Whitfield began the season on a 13-game winning streak, and it posted a 28-6 record in the regular season.


Northwest Whitfield lost to Heritage-Coosa 8-7 in the region-championship game.


LaGrange and Northwest Whitfield will play two games on Wednesday, with the first game set for 5 p.m.


A third game would be played Thursday if necessary.


The second round of the state playoffs will also feature best-of-three series, and the scene then shifts to Columbus for the final eight.


STATE OPENERS

WEDNESDAY

Callaway at Pike County, 4 p.m.


LaGrange at Northwest Whitfield, 5 p.m.


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