For the fourth consecutive season, the East Hall softball team is the Region 7-3A champion.
Senior Macy Banks pitched a perfect final outing in the regular season Wednesday evening, throwing a no-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks to lead the Lady Vikings to a 16-0 win over Lumpkin County that took only four innings. It was the second leg of a doubleheader, coming after East Hall took down the Lady Indians 6-1 earlier in the day. The 2-0 mark on Wednesday propelled the Lady Vikings to a region championship and a perfect 14-0 region record on the season — the second year in a row the team went unbeaten in region play.
Lady Vikings coach Anuel Burce said the team’s focus and energy were the biggest keys in securing the pair of dominant victories.
“Just take care of what our scouting report says, play well defensively and know that our offense gives us a chance to win every game,” Burce said. “I think we held to that, and these girls have a lot of belief in what their goal is and what they’re doing.”
Banks also led the way for the team in the first game, striking out 11 over seven innings while also batting 3 for 4. In Game 2, Calli Hardison was 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
The wins secure a No. 1 seed in the state tournament for the Lady Vikings, who will be matched up with the No. 4 seed out of Region 5-3A in the first round, starting with a doubleheader at East Hall next Wednesday.
“We know we’ve got a good chance of going very deep into the playoffs,” Burce said. “We’ve got a goal that’s set on what we want to do, and that’s go win state.”