The White County softball team swept St. Pius X on Wednesday in Atlanta to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state playoffs for the first time in school history.
In Game 1, the Lady Warriors won 6-4 in eight innings. Stephanie Satterfield (13-3) earned the win from the circle, while Callie McDonald earned her first save of the season, coming on to strike out two of the last three St. Pius X batters in the bottom of the eighth.
In the top of the eighth, Laura Sangster had two RBIs, Lindsay Whitmire hit a double for her 17th RBI of the season and Sarabeth Cummins added her own double to drive in her 11th and 12th RBIs of the season.
Cummins finished the game 2-for-5 and Whitmire finished 2-for-3.
McDonald (12-3) earned the win in Game 2, which White County won 9-1 in five innings.
In the bottom of the first inning of Game 2, Morgan Jacobson stepped to the plate with two runners on base and hit her seventh home run of the season to put the Lady Warriors up 3-0.
“That kind of set the pace for us,” White County coach John Brown said.
In the bottom of the fourth, Satterfield hit a two-run homer, her team-high 12th of the season, McDonald launched her third home run of the year and Sangster added a two-run triple. Cummins (3-for-3) finished the game with two runs scored and an RBI for White County.
The Lady Warriors (26-6) will open play in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus against an opponent to be determined.
UNION COUNTY SPLITS WITH ROCKMART: The Lady Panthers (27-2-1) lost the first game of their second round match-up with Rockmart 3-1, but rallied to take Game 2, 4-0 on Wednesday in Blairsville.
The champion of Region 8-AA, Union County will face Rockmart (27-8, No. 3 seed Region 7-AA) at 5 p.m. Thursday in the series finale. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament on Oct. 28 at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.
HABERSHAM CENTRAL ELIMINATED: The Lady Raiders (20-10) lost 2-1, 10-1 to Creekview on Wednesday in Canton in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
With the loss, Habersham Central's season is now complete.