Three softball teams win to stay in GHSA playoffs - Effingham, Islands, & South Effingham

By Prep Sports Report Staff | October 28, 2022

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The Georgia High School Association Softball state championship round of Elite Eight started on Wednesday, with four local teams. All four teams played yesterday in "winner-stays-in" games, Thursday, October 27, 2022, and three teams stayed alive to play today. All four lost in the first round: Islands, South Effingham, Effingham County, and Bryan County.


In Class 6A, Effingham and South Effingham are still alive. The Rebels and Mustangs both dropped games in round 1. Effingham beat Houston County 7-6 in the bottom of the 12th inning, and South Effingham took care of Veterans 4-0 to move on to today.


In Class 4A, Islands still plays another day. Islands lost in round 1 to East Forsyth 2-0. Yesterday the Sharks came back to defeat region rival Wayne County 5-3. Islands will play Walnut Grove in the losers' bracket, and Whitewater will play East Forsyth.


In Class A Division I, Bryan County dropped both games to be eliminated from the state playoffs. The Redskins lost in round 1 to Pepperall 4-0. Bryan County (20-8-1) lost 3-2 to Prince Avenue Christian in the losers' bracket, which ended the Redskins' season. 


Below is today's schedule; each team has to win to stay in. The tournament is a double-elimination format. This means you lose two, and your season is over.


Today's GHSA Championship Schedule

October 27, 2022

Class 6A

Loser's Bracket

Lassiter (26-6) vs. Effingham County (27-6) 1 PM

River Ridge (19-14) vs. South Effingham (26-6) 1 PM


Class 4A

Losers Bracket

Walnut Grove (23-12) vs. Islands (20-8) 1 PM

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