Buford wins program’s 12th title; GHSA fast pitch softball championship updates from Saturday

Three teams defended last year’s titles at the GHSA state fast pitch softball championships as the season closed at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus Saturday.

Defending-champions Buford (7A), Northside-Columbus (5A) and Wesleyan (3A) defended while Newnan (6A), Prince Avenue Chrisitan (A-Division I) and Lanier County (A-Division II) won the first state championships in program history.

In the Class 7A tournament, Buford defeated East Coweta 9-1 in the championship series to capture the program’s 12th championship. The Wolves finished the season perfect 32-0 but survived a 3-2 game against East Coweta in the finals of the winner’s bracket. East Coweta defeated Brookwood 9-1 to earn the rematch with Buford in the championship series.

First-time champion Newnan’s path to the Class 6A championship went through River Ridge 4-0 in the winner’s bracket finals and then Class 6A defending-champion Pope 1-0 in the championship series. In Class 5A, Northside-Columbus won the program’s third title (2017 and last season) after beating Harris County 3-2 in the finals of the winner’s bracket and Northgate 7-1 in the championship series.

Heritage-Catoosa’s 10-2 victory over Wayne County in the Class 4A championship series marked the program’s fourth title after winning three-straight from 2018 to 2020. The Generals beat North Oconee 4-2 in the finals of the winner’s bracket to earn the championship berth.

Wesleyan is a three-time defending-champion, but the Wolves took the long way to the title and after losing to Hebron Christian 2-0 in the winner’s bracket finals, Wesleyan defeated 11-time champion Gordon Lee 4-3 to earn a championship berth. In the first game of the series, Wesleyan outlasted Hebron 1-0 to force the decisive ‘if game’, which it won 8-5.

Appling County won its first championship in 2021 and upended defending-champion Jeff Davis 4-3 in the championship series to win the program’s second title. Appling began the day defeating Banks County 2-1 in the winner’s bracket finals, earning a championship berth.

Prince Avenue Christian lost to defending-champion Heard County 6-5 in the second round of the winner’s bracket and then won five-straight games, earning the program’s first title. The Wolverines beat Temple 11-0, Bacon County 5-1 and Heard County 3-1 to earn a berth in the championship series. In Game 1, Prince Avenue upended Mount Vernon 5-4 and then outlasted the Mustangs 6-5 in the ‘if game’ to secure the program’s first title.

Lanier County defeated Glascock County 6-2 to capture the program’s first-ever championship after moving undefeated through the winner’s bracket. The Bulldogs began the day beating Washington-Wilkes 7-0 in the winner’s bracket final to earn a berth in the championship series.

Follow the link to the brackets

State Champions

Class 7A

Buford (12 titles – 2007-2016, 2022, 2023)

Class 6A

Newnan (first championship)

Class 5A

Northside-Columbus (2 titles – 2017, 2023)

Class 4A

Heritage-Catoosa (4 titles – 2018-2020, 2023)

Class 3A

Wesleyan (5 titles – 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Class 2A

Appling County (2 titles – 2021, 2023)

Class A Division I

Prince Avenue Christian (first championship)

Class A Division II

Lanier County (first championship)

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