Week 5 softball rankings

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Class AAAAAA’s No. 1 North Gwinnett (18-1) suffered its first loss of the season last Friday to Kennesaw Mountain, 1-0 in eight innings. In the loss Kylee Smith struck out 14 batters.  The Bulldogs maintain their top rank however, but No. 2 East Coweta (13-1) and No. 3 Cherokee (15-2) have made major pushes. The Warriors of Cherokee have jumped from No. 5 and are 6-0 in Region 5. Lee County (16-6) makes its debut coming in at No. 10.

Cambridge’s untouchable pitching staff finally allowed its first run of the season last Tuesday in a 10-1 romp of Kell. The No. 1 Bears (10-0) remain undefeated in Class AAAAA and have now outscored their opponents 87 to 1 on the year. A few new faces join the polls with Dunwoody (12-1) checking in at No. 6 and Houston County (12-4) sliding in at No. 8. Dunwoody has won 12 straight games since a season opening 3-1 loss to Westminster. Freshman Walker Wicklund has batted .611 for the Wildcats and has scored a team-high 21 runs. Senior Katlyn Andrin has driven home 20 RBIs with a .585 batting average while Allie Puckett leads the team with two homeruns and is batting .579. Robin Tallon has gone 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA her junior season.

Union Grove (13-4) has risen from No. 10 to No. 4 this week and are riding a 7-game winning streak. Skylar Mosel and Emily Sweat have done damage with the long ball this season and are key pieces in the Wolverines offense. No. 7 Heritage-Conyers (15-5) dropped three spots after tough losses to Class AAAA’s No. 6 Locust Grove (18-5), Class AAA’s No. 10 Morgan County (15-5) and Monroe Area, who just fell out of the AAAA poll.

A new No. 1 graces the top of the AAAA rankings. Heritage-Catoosa (17-2) has earned its stripes and a No. 2 Buford (13-3) loss to No. 8 Stephens County (13-5) last Tuesday 2-0, was enough to give the Generals the nod. Heritage fell to Class AAA No. 1 Calhoun 3-2 last weekend, but two wins over AAA No. 2 Ringgold (15-3) highlights their impressive resume. No. 3 Gilmer (17-4) is the lone AAAA team to defeat the Generals this year, when the Bobcats posted a 4-3 win in eight innings earlier this month.

In AAA, Calhoun has overtaken Ringgold for the No. 1 spot. The Yellowjackets have cruised since falling to the Tigers last month and have picked up 14 straight wins. Victories over Marist and Heritage-Catoosa have been impressive.  No. 5 Franklin County (18-3) has quietly put together a strong season and has gained ground in the rankings, moving up one place.

Class AA’s top two teams have remained the same with No. 1 Vidalia (17-0) and No. 2 Gordon Lee (14-1) continuing their dominance of the competition. Vidalia has outscored its opponents 174 to 11 while Gordon Lee has put together a 98 to 10 advantage overall and 60 to 1 in region play. No. 6 Heard County (11-7) has dropped another spot while Washington-Wilkes (17-6) appears in the poll at No. 9. Harlem (13-4) holds fast at No. 4 even after a 3-2 loss to Franklin County on Saturday.

No. 1 Prince Avenue (9-2) of Private-A suffered a setback against Ringgold 1-0 on Saturday, but still claims the top spot in the classification. No. 5 Christian Heritage (15-2) stakes its claim to the longest winning streak in the state, grabbing 12-straight.

Baconton Charter (15-1) takes over No. 1 in Public-A after No. 2 Wilcox County (15-2) faltered against No. 3 Charlton County 6-3 last Wednesday. The Indians (14-5) have moved up three spots thanks to knocking off last week’s No. 1. Johnson County (13-5) has tumbled from the third spot in the poll to No. 7 after four straight losses. Breanna Smith went 4-for-4 with a run scored while Amber Way finished 3-for-3 with a run in Johnson County’s 8-5 loss to Brunswick. Kaitlyn Powell was roughed up for 11 hits in six innings pitched and allowed eight runs, but only two were earned. Way has hit .422 this season and Smith .400 with a team-high 16 RBIs. Powell drops to 10-4 with the loss and holds a 1.01 ERA. At the dish she has hit .564.



1. North Gwinnett

2. East Coweta

3. Cherokee

4. South Forsyth

5. Harrison

6. Archer

7. Woodstock

8. Dacula

9. Parkview

10. Lee County



1. Cambridge

2. Chapel Hill

3. Greenbrier

4. Union Grove

5. Woodland-Stockbridge

6. Dunwoody

7. Heritage-Conyers

8. Houston County

9. Cross Creek

10. Creekview


Class AAAA

1. Heritage-Catoosa

2. Buford

3. Gilmer

4. Walnut Grove

5. Thomas County Central

6. Locust Grove

7. Whitewater

8. Stephens County

9. Madison County

10. Worth County


Class AAA

1. Calhoun

2. Ringgold

3. Dodge County

4. Jackson County

5. Franklin County

6. Pierce County

7. Southeast Bulloch

8. Central-Carrollton

9. Westminster

10. Morgan County


Class AA

1. Vidalia

2. Gordon Lee

3. Union County

4. Harlem

5. Bryan County

6. Heard County

7. Armuchee

8. Wesleyan

9. Washington-Wilkes

10. Seminole County



1. Prince Avenue Christian

2. Brookstone

3. Stratford Academy

4. Tattnall Square Academy

5. Christian Heritage


7. First Presbyterian Day

8. Mt. Zion-Carrollton

9. Mount Pisgah

10. Fellowship Christian



1. Baconton Charter

2. Wilcox County

3. Charlton County

4. Echols County

5. Georgia Military

6. Trion

7. Johnson County

8. Telfair County

9. Glascock County

10. Treutlen

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