With the regular season down to the final couple of weeks, the LaGrange Lady Grangers and Troup Lady Tigers are each fighting for position in a stout Region 6-AAA.
At 5-2 in the region, the Lady Grangers are hot on the heels of region leaders Columbus (7-1) and Carrollton (6-1).
Troup, meanwhile, is in fifth place in the region at 2-5.
The top six teams in the region will make it to the region tournament, while the region’s last-place team – currently Shaw (0-7) – will be left out.
LaGrange is hoping to follow last year’s script.
The Lady Grangers had the same region record at this point a year ago, and they didn’t lose again until falling to Ringgold in the second round of the state playoffs.
LaGrange won the region’s regular-season and tournament championships.
For Troup, just making it to the region tournament would be an improvement on last year.
The Lady Tigers struggled to a 1-11 record in the region last year and failed to make it to the region tournament.
At 9-11 overall, Troup has already improved on last year’s win total by five games.
LaGrange and Troup both have key games this week.
LaGrange hosts Haralson County (2-6 in the region) today before returning home on Thursday for a critical showdown with Carrollton.
In the previous meeting, Carrollton beat LaGrange 8-0.
Troup only plays one game this week, but it’s a big one.
The Lady Tigers visit Central-Carroll (3-3) today.
The Callaway Lady Cavaliers are just getting their region schedule under way.
There are eight teams in the region, and they each play each other once.
After struggling to a 1-11 record in non-region play, Callaway jumped into its Region 5-AA schedule with a 22-0 thumping of Kendrick last week.
Today, Callaway will host a Heard County team that is the heavy favorite to win the region title.
Heard County didn’t lose a region game in the regular season or the region tournament last year, and that included a pair of wins over Callaway, including a 15-0 victory in the regular season.
In the region-championship game it was a lot closer, with Heard beating Callaway 5-0.
In GISA softball, the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors will try to keep their Region 4-AA title hopes alive this week.
With one loss in the region, the Lady Warriors are one game behind Flint River, and those two teams will meet on Thursday at LaGrange Academy.
First up for LaGrange Academy is today’s home game against Gatewood at 5 p.m.