The first round of 32 in the 6A fast pitch state playoff closed Friday with all four Region 2 teams still in the mix, all four advancing with decisive sweeps.
Brunswick (16-12, 5-7) swept Lovejoy 15-0 and 16-10 and Glynn Academy (13-14, 4-8) upset No. 1 seed Mundy’s Mill 5-0 and 8-3. The region’s top seed Richmond Hill allowed just one run to Jonesboro in a 19-1, 17-0 sweep and Effingham shut out Stephenson, winning Game 1 15-0 and Game 2 13-0.
On opposite sides of the bracket, Glynn and Brunswick have two different paths to the quarterfinals in Columbus on Oct. 27, but they both have to go through Region 6-6A opponents to get there. No. 4 seed Glynn goes back on the road to face Harrison, fresh off a sweep of Winder-Barrow in the first round.
Glynn upset the No. 1 seed from Region 4-6A Mundy’s Mill last week, which boasts a 21-1 overall record and 11-0 record in region play. Glynn Academy head coach Jim Horton said, after Glynn’s sweep last week, the Lady Terrors’ pitching staff held the Tigers long enough for Glynn to exploit the errors from the Mundy’s Mill defense.
Harrison is 21-10 on the season and outscored Winder-Barrow 13-3 in its first series.
Brunswick, meanwhile, will stay in town and host River Ridge, which allowed just one run to Dacula in its first-round series.
For the Lady Pirates, no traveling means a weight off the team’s shoulders.
“The No. 1 perk is hosting,” head coach Brian Crawford said. “(Practice) has been easy. At this point, it’s October. As far as this week, we’ve worked on communication and situations offensively.”
Crawford said he expects a free swinging approach from River Ridge, who he predicts will try to out-slug the Lady Pirates. He added the team also boast a fairly young pitching staff, similar to Brunswick’s own.
“They’re a good hitting team,” Crawford said. “I don’t feel like they’re going to play lots of small ball. They’re going to swing away to get ahead. As far as pitching goes, they have a sophomore pitcher, like us.”
Crawford got three perfect innings out of starter Morgan Cronan in Brunswick’s first game last week, and the young hurler reentered in Game 2 to hold Lovejoy after its 10-run first inning.
Crawford is confident he’s added to that depth this week in Kayla Rowell and he said Josie Meyer is still confident and ready for a potential Game 3 or late relief work
“Kayla Rowell threw some solid innings. she has been hitting her spots consistently,” Crawford said. “Meyers has also throw a couple of pens and I think she can help us as well.”
Brunswick’s first game is at 4:00 p.m. today at North Glynn Recreational Complex.