Week 7 Softball Rankings

Photo By Bridget Wilbur

Five No. 1’s Falter, Two Lose Top Spot

No. 1 North Gwinnett (24-2) suffered a 4-2 loss against Mountain View (7-13) on Tuesday, but remain on top of Class AAAAAA.  Kylee Smith was roughed up for three runs in five innings of work, but struck out nine batters. Haley Short cracked a solo homer and Rachel Smith drove in the other run for the Bulldogs.

No. 3 East Coweta (24-2) has now won 8-straight games and boasts the best run differential in the classification, outscoring opponents 196 to 24. On Thursday, the Indians swept a doubleheader with Woodstock (16-5). Kelley Lynch tossed a complete-game 1-hitter in a 9-0 Game 1 shutout and in Game 2, the Indians pounded out 19 hits to win 11-4. Dani Morgan powered East Coweta with three hits and 4 RBIs. Lynch and Mekhia Freeman both added three hits and 2 RBIs.

No. 6 Archer (17-5) rises two spots and leaps over No. 7 Brookwood (17-7) thanks to a 1-0 win over the Broncos on Tuesday.

Class AAAAA No. 1 Cambridge (14-1) slipped for the first time and fell to Woodstock 5-2 on Wednesday at the Milton Classic Tournament. The Bears quickly rebounded the next day and dispatched of North Atlanta 13-0. This Monday Cambridge will finally meet Class AAAA No. 5 Buford (19-6) in a game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 9.  Elsewhere in AAAAA there was not much movement aside from the bottom of the poll. Alexander (17-7) drops one spot to No. 10 while Richmond Hill (19-6) debuts at No. 9.

No. 1 Heritage-Catoosa (20-3) of AAAA faltered against Ridgeland (13-10) on Tuesday, 3-1. The Generals cling onto to the top spot by the slightest of margins over No. 2 Gilmer (21-4). The two Region 7 leaders meet to decide who claims the No. 1 seed in the region if the Generals are able to beat Pickens on Monday. Gilmer is 12-1 in Region while Heritage is 10-2. The Bobcats defeated the Generals 4-3 in eight innings on Sept. 3 and both teams have lost to third-place Ridgeland (13-10, 8-5). Heritage gets the edge in the polls thanks to strong resume which features wins over Class AAA No. 1 Ringgold (20-3) twice, AA No. 9 Wesleyan (12-6) and No. 8 Carrollton (16-5). Freshman Sara Mosley, Karli Loudermilk and Kaylee Dayton lead the offense for the Bobcats, all hitting well over .400. Senior ace Savannah Chalfant might be the logical choice to try and stop Ali Roberts (.397) and Brooklyn Frazier (.413) of Heritage. The veteran pitcher has gone 12-0 on the bump with a 1.26 ERA.

No. 5 Buford defeated No. 9 Madison County (19-8) to take over the top spot in Region 8 with a 7-1 record. The Wolves now hold the tiebreaker over Madison County who is also 7-1. Buford toppled the Red Raiders 9-1 by using a 7-run sixth inning.

No. 3 Walnut Grove (19-4) dropped to AAAAA No. 3 Greenbrier (18-3) in a 4-0 shutout loss.

In Class AAA, the one puzzle No. 2 Calhoun (21-2) can’t seem to solve is No. 1 Ringgold (20-3). For the second time this season the Tigers baffled the Yellow Jackets using a three-run sixth inning and tacking on two runs in the seventh inning to slip by Calhoun 6-5 on Wednesday and regain the top spot in the state. Abby McKinney knocked home the go-ahead run as a part of a 2-for-4 night at the dish. Calhoun and Ringgold combined for five home runs and exchanged the lead four times. The Yellow Jackets received back-to-back jacks from Emily Weatherman and Chloe Rice in the loss. Rice finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs in the loss.

No. 1 Gordon Lee (23-1) continues to cruise in Class AA. No. 2 Vidalia (23-3) has righted the ship after a string of losses. No. 3 Union Grove (19-6) swept a doubleheader with No. 10 Washington-Wilkes (18-9). Laken Chambers pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 1, striking out 12 batters in a 4-0 win. In Game 2, Chambers continued her dominance and went another five innings for a game shortened no-hitter. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with 3 RBIs while Jillian Lawn added 3 RBIs.

Last week’s No. 1 in Private-A, Brookstone (14-2) fell to Northside-Columbus 11-0 which gave way to Tattnall Square Academy (21-3) to grab the No. 1 spot. The Trojans used an impressive 5-1 win over No. 5 First Presbyterian Day (16-5) to swap spots with the now No. 2 Cougars of Brookstone.

No. 2 Trion (16-2) jumps from No. 6 to the top three in Public-A after an impressive win against Private-A No. 3 Christian Heritage (17-3), 6-0. Shayla Youngblood went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kiki Evans and Josie Maddux also added RBIs. Peyton Henderson pitched six shutout innings.

No. 3 Wilcox County (19-3) fell to Schley County 3-1. No. 7 ECI (15-4) continues its winning ways with an 8-2 win over No. 10 Johnson County (16-6).


1. North Gwinnett

2. Cherokee

3. East Coweta

4. Harrison

5. South Forsyth

6. Archer

7. Brookwood

8. Dacula

9. North Forsyth

10. Parkview



1. Cambridge

2. Chapel Hill

3. Greenbrier

4. Woodland-Stockbridge

5. Union Grove

6. Heritage-Conyers

7. Houston County

8. Dunwoody

9. Richmond Hill

10. Alexander



1. Heritage-Catoosa

2. Gilmer

3. Walnut Grove

4. Locust Grove

5. Buford

6. Thomas County Central

7. Stephens County

8. Carrollton

9. Madison County

10. Whitewater



1. Ringgold

2. Calhoun

3. Franklin County

4. Pierce County

5. Dodge County

6. Westminster

7. Southeast Bulloch

8. Blessed Trinity

9. Morgan County

10. Cedartown



1. Gordon Lee

2. Vidalia

3. Union County

4. Harlem

5. Bryan County

6. Seminole County

7. Armuchee

8. Berrien

9. Wesleyan

10. Washington-Wilkes



1. Tattnall Square Academy

2. Brookstone

3. Christian Heritage

4. Prince Avenue Christian

5. First Presbyterian Day

6. Stratford Academy

7. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian


9. Athens Christian

10. Fellowship Christian



1. Baconton Charter

2. Trion

3. Wilcox County

4. Echols County

5. Charlton County

6. Georgia Military

7. ECI

8. Telfair County

9. Mt. Zion-Carrollton

10. Johnson County

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