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Area 6-AAAAAAA

Collins Hill

Head Coach: ♦ Adam Newland

2018 Record: ♦ 17-13, 3rd in Region 6 7A; Second Round State Playoffs

Returning Starters: ♦ P/OF Mackenzie Chappell, Sr. (.431; 6-3, 2.94 ERA); 3B Chloe Sneed, Sr. (.376 OBP, 13 RBI); C Jordan Pape, Sr. (15 RBI, .985 fielding pct.); P/1B Madison Spell, Sr. (.338, 2 HR, 13 RBI); SS Peyton Fointno, Sr. (.319, 25 R); OF Alyssa Mejia, Jr. (.305, 6 2B)

Other Key Contributors:♦ 2B Ellie Bridge, Sr.; P/IF/OF Emily Whitehead, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ UT Monroe Oglesby, Fr.

Outlook:♦ With six returning starters back from a team that dropped a classic three-game second-round series against Grayson last year, the Eagles are optimistic about another strong 2019 campaign. The return of Chappell and Sell should be make for a particularly strong foundation to build around.

Discovery

Head Coach:♦ Nicole Osborn Assistant Coach: Michael Waugh

2018 record:♦ 5-13

Returning Starters:♦ P JaNiece Long, Sr.; 2B Alanah Perry, Sr.; SS Emily Wright, Sr.; C Heidi Loa, Jr.; SS Dakota Vaughn, Soph.; CJasmine Richardson; Soph.; 2B Estefani Tista, Sr.; P Harleen Walia, Sr.; LF Brenda Nguyen, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ 1B Mya McDonald, Soph.; 3B Angelica Cotina, Fr.; CF Aniya Garcia, Fr.; RF Karla Angeles, Jr.

Outlook:♦ The Titans have been slowly building since the program began with the school’s opening in 2015, and look to take the next step forward this fall. Osborn is thrilled with the infusion of new talent from a strong freshman class added to a more seasoned nucleus that should keep the Titans progress going.

Duluth

Head Coach:♦ Dawn Marsh

2018 record:♦ 7-16

Returning Starters:♦ 3B/SS/C Jenna Carpinello, Sr.; CF Michayla Maxwell, Sr.; RHP/1B Elizabeth Ramirez, Sr.; LF Isabel Rodriguez, Jr.; P/1B Lindsay Robinson, Soph.; P Aaliyan Perez, Soph.; 2B/OF Allison Garcia, Soph.

Other key contributors: ♦ OF Nysa Pierre, Soph.; OF Jada Barnes, OF; 2B Maddox Garcia, Fr.; C Gina Rice, Fr.; OF Courtney Danridge, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ Kaitllyn Emery; Laila Fortner; Saria Simmons; Sarah Bombadieri; Kendall Smiley

Outlook:♦ Several youngsters grew up quite a bit last year, and could help Duluth take a further step forward in always-rugged Region 6-AAAAAAA in 2019. But Marsh believes the biggest key could be a promising new crop of freshmen, keyed by Simmons and Smiley, who show promise not only with their pitching ability, but also with their speed.

Mill Creek

Head Coach:♦ Paul Pierce

2018 record:♦ 16-14, Class AAAAAAA state runner-up

Returning Starters:♦ OF Dallis Goodnight, Jr.; OF Hannah Smith, Sr.; C Angelica Gallegos, Jr.; RHP Sara Shaw, Sr.; DP Jade Montgomery, Soph.

Outlook:♦ Despite losing several players from last year’s state runner-up team, the Hawks do return a strong nucleus that could set the foundation for a team that can once again contend on the region and state levels. Chief among that nucleus is Goodnight, a Super Six selection who is a dynamic presence at the top of the line of and in center field.

Mountain View

Head Coach:♦ Mike Cason

2018 record:♦ 16-11, 4th in region 6-7A, first round of Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters:♦ IF Hannan Razeq, Sr. (.355, 20 R); IF Kaylee George, Sr. (2 HR, 16 R); C Olivia Valentour, Sr. (.977 fielding pct.); P/DP Sarah Currie, Jr. (11 pitching wins, 97 Ks; .314, 14 RBI offensively); 1B Claire Schneider, Jr. (.370, 4 HR, 21 RBIs); OF Lauren Evens, Jr (.366, 19 RBIs, 19 R); IF/P Lexie Simonton, Jr. (12 RBIs)

Outlook:♦ The Bears have definitely raised their profile and expectations in Gwinnett Count and beyond over the past few years, and Cason is confident that with seven regular starters back from last year, including three seniors, that trend can continue if the team plays fundamentally sound softball each game.

North Gwinnett

Head Coach:♦ Amanda Heil

2018 Record:♦ 25-7, Third place at Class AAAAAAA state tournament

Key Returners:♦ Haley Cummings, Jr. (.380); Grace Connelly, Jr. (.268); Caroline Shumeyko, Jr.; (.302); Marisa Miller, Soph. (.385); Riley Jackson, Sr. (.349)

Key newcomers:♦ Alex Higdon Sr.; Meghan Lewis, Sr.; Simone Leonard, Soph.; Amber Reed, Fr.; Jaylyn Benson, Fr.

Outlook: Former assistant Heil has some large shoes to fill in succeeding Randy Black, who build up one of Gwinnett’s most consistently successful programs in his more than two decades as and assistant and head coach. But she inherits a team that is quite talented and possesses a good mix of youth and experience from a program that has been in the Class AAAAAAA state final four two of the last three seasons, including a state title in 2016.

Peachtree Ridge

Head Coach:♦ Josh Joiner

2018 record:♦ 13-14, fifth in region, at-large Class AAAAAAA state playoff bid

Returning Starters:♦ IF/P Alex Harris, Sr.; IF/P Elle Lunsford, Jr.; IF Riley Hudson, Sr.; IF/P D’amani Gadson, Soph.; OF Juhles Kelly, Soph.; OF Zaia Hammond, Soph.; C Hailey Sikes, Soph.; IF/OF Madison Strange, Sr.

Key newcomers:♦ OF Kennedy Harp, Fr.; OF/P Ava Lunsford, Fr.; C Samantha Brown, Fr.; IF Jaylah Jarrell, Fr.

Outlook:♦ First-year coach Joiner is still taking assessment of his team, but likes the talent level present, even if it is quite young. For now, he is keeping goals modest considering the competition level in the region, but is hopeful to see daily improvement to the point where the Lions will once again vie for a postseason berth.

Area 7-AAAAAAA

Berkmar

Head Coach:♦ Bryan Allen

2018 Record:♦ 8-10

Returning Starters:♦ CF Erica Guevara, Sr.; SS Kaitlyn Castillo, Sr; 2B Farrah Collins, Sr.; C Kenzi Akins, Jr.; LF Elizabeth Umanzor, Soph.

Key newcomers:♦ 1B Nia Davis, Sr.; 3B Maria Hernandez-Alfaro, Jr.; 2B/SS Adriana Nunez, Jr.

Outlook:♦ The Patriots have what Allen is convinced is a really good core of players back, but they will have to solidify and focus on the little things. Among the most important of the little things Allen will be looking for include fundamental execution, as well as developing something of a more aggressive and confident approach.

Brookwood

Head Coach:♦ Jennifer Maloney

2018 record:♦ 21-13, region champion, qualified for the Class AAAAAAA state tournament

Returning Starters:♦ RHP/3B Danielle Taitt, Sr.; CF Leah Palmer Sr.; SS Tristan Landers, Sr.; 1B Anna Dover, Jr.; C Morgan Hall, Jr.; RF/P Grace Young, Jr.

Other key contributors: ♦ 1B Jaryn Gibson, Jr.; IF Olivia Jaime Soph.; IF Kayla Widy Soph.

Key newcomers:♦ OF Elle Bass, Fr.; IF Thalia Martin, Fr.; C/3B Olivia Rogozinski, Fr.

Outlook:♦ What was a relatively young team a year ago grew up fast and made it all the way to Columbus last year, and with six returning starters, including Super Six third baseman and pitcher Taitt, the nucleus is in place for a return trip South in late October. The leadership of Taitt and fellow seniors like Palmer and Landers will be essential in that task, but Maloney is very high on her senior leadership.

Central Gwinnett

Head Coach:♦ Chad Smith

2018 record:♦ 3-16

Returning Starters:♦ C Quinne Freeman, Sr.; 1B Kylie Cawthon, Sr.; SS Amber Baker, Jr.

Other key contributors: ♦ 3B Kassie Carpenter, Jr.; OF Tamis Boyd, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ P Sariah Bryant, Fr.

Outlook:♦ The Black Knights find themselves in major rebuilding mode with only six returning players from 2018. But Smith is pleased with work ethic of both the holdovers and the slew of newcomers, and is convinced the team is already ahead of where it was this time last year.

Meadowcreek

Head Coach:♦ Jennifer Mattox

2018 record:♦ 10-6

Returning Starters:♦ C Diana Hidalgo-Moran, Jr.; 1B Dulce Chavez, Sr.

Other key contributors: ♦ 3B/RHP Silvia Puentes, Sr.

Key newcomers:♦ P Julie Atkinson , Fr.

Outlook:♦ Even against a non-region schedule, posting a winning record for the first time this decade in 2018 was a major step forward for the program. But with Hidalgo-Moran and Chavez the only two returning starters and having to replace 15 graduated seniors, the Mustangs could go through some early growing pains this fall. However, while the team is young, it is also athletic. So Mattox is looking forward to see what the players have to offer. Atkinson is a strong freshman who looks promising on the mound and at the plate.

Norcross

Head Coach:♦ Ryan Ermers

2018 record:♦ 18-11, region runner-up

Returning Starters:♦ SS Ann-Margaret Jones, Sr.; . 2B/P Sierra Blackburn, Sr.; OF Emma O’Dell, Sr.; 1B/OF Faith Lawrence, Jr.; P Bella Krauth, Jr.; 3B Serenity Starr, Jr.; OF/P/IF Kedzie Howe, Jr.; C Molly Hamrick, Soph.; OF/1B Sara Tracey, Soph.

Key newcomers:♦ C/IF/OF Lea Smith, Fr.; C/IF/P Skylar Bashada, Fr.; IF/RHP Leah Cohen, Fr.; C/IF Addie Donahue, Fr.

Outlook:♦ After finishing as region runner-up and hosting a state playoff series for the first time in the program’s history a year ago, the Blue Devils have their sights set even higher this season.

Last year the team clinched the 2 seed and the right to host a state playoff game for the first time in school history. This year they hope to compete and put themselves in a position to win the region. And with nine returning starters, including All-County selections Lawrence, Jones and Blackburn, they’ll have a realistic chance of contending for a region title.

Parkview

Head Coach:♦ Jessica Sinclair

2018 record:♦ 12-17, third in region, first round of Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Key returners:♦ SS/2B Ashleigh Lawson, Sr.; OF/RHP Addie Stewman, Sr.; OF/RHP Maya Watson, Sr.; 1B/3B Megan Gibbs, Sr.; IF/OF Grace Hrustich, Sr.

Outlook:♦ While it still made the state playoffs, a young Panthers team went through some growing pains last season, but returns a year older and more experienced in 2019, with everyone returning. Among that group is a strong senior class that first-year coach Sinclair is counting on to help the Panthers maximize their potential.

Area 8-AAAAAAA

Archer

Head Coach:♦ Emily Wilson

2018 record:♦ 21-10, region Runner up, second round, Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters:♦ OF Mackenzie Martin, Sr.; OF Jordyn Sanders, Jr.; OF Katy Moore, Jr.; IF Skylar Berkhiser, Jr.; IF Faith Barth, Jr.; P/IF Kailyn James, Jr.; C Alex Hollingsworth, Soph.

Key newcomers:♦ IF Olivia Craig, Jr.; P/IF Mallory Tullis, Soph.; OF Taylor Anderson, Fr.

Outlook:♦ Former assistant Watson moves in as head coach after former coach Eric Stoker stepped down, and inherits a group that returns seven starters from last year’s playoff squad , including a strong junior class led by Super Six infielder Barth. Quick contributions by some newcomers could make for another run deep into October for the Tigers.

Grayson

Coach:♦ Bill Batchelor

2018 record:♦ 30-5, region champion, advanced to the Class AAAAAAA state tournament in Columbus

Returning Starters:♦ SS Aaliyah White, Sr. (.370, 24 RBIs, 34 R, 6 3B, 2 HR, 48 SB); 2B Savannah Haynes, Sr. (.952, fielding pct., 56 PO, 23 A); C Skyler Gilbert, Jr. (.313, 17 RBIs, .996 fielding pct.); LF Kailyn Jones, Jr. (.333, 27 R, 22 RBIs, 27 SB); 3B Kayla Grace Lang, Jr. (.322, 14 RBIs, 15 R, .947 fielding pct.); P Kylie Macy, Jr. (20-2, 200 Ks, 1.50 ERA); 1B/DP Sam Smith, Jr. (.343, 16 RBIs, 17 R, 3 HR); CF Kelsie Walker, Jr. (.300, 23 RBIs, 23 R, 24 SB); RF Emma Davis, Soph. (.300, 13 RBIs, 22 R, 16 SB)

Other key contributors: ♦ P Kayla Snowden, Sr. (10-0, 79 Ks); OF Amber Austin, Sr. (.400, 17 R, 11 SB); UT Jordyn Green, Jr. (.1000 fielding pct., 7 R)

Key newcomers:♦ 1B Hailey Roberts, Jr.; OF Kayla McDuffie, Jr.; 2B Lauryn Peppers, Jr.

Outlook:♦ After returning to Columbus for the state tournament for the first time in seven seasons last year, the Rams have set the bar even higher for 2019. Even with the loss of first-team All-County first baseman Brinaya Bailey to graduation, they have more than enough talent and postseason experience to be a a threat for a very deep October run with the return of just about the rest of the regular starting lineup, led by Super Six shortstop White and junior pitching ace Macy, as well as another solid hurler in Snowden. If the offense can continue to combine some power with their ability to manufacture runs with speed, they should be very dangerous.

Shiloh

Head Coach: Chris Polk

2018 record: 9-10, fourth region, first round of Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters:♦ 3B/RHP Delanyie Hollis, Jr. (.405); SS/RHP Tahjanee Phillips, Jr. (.300); OF/IF Jada Gaye, Sr. (.261); OF Sydney Ford, Jr. (.250); C Kennedy Gomez, Jr. (.214)

Other key contributors: Carsen Resendez, Jr.; ,Ania Polk, Sr.; Patricia Cyrus, Soph.

Outlook:♦ The Generals have been a fairly consistent participant in the postseason the past several seasons, but will need to find some new leaders if they are to return to the playoffs this year with the lost of two front-line pitchers and 70 percent of the team’s RBIs to graduation. Juniors Hollis and Phillips, who have demonstrated their abilities in the past, will likely be at the forefront in that search both at the plate and in the circle.

South Gwinnett

Head Coach:♦ Eric Jones

2018 record:♦ 4-14

Returning Starters:♦ 1B/OF Ari Sneed, Sr.; OF Brianna Cox, Soph.; 3B Autumn Lewis, Jr.; 1B/OF Alexis Sepulveda, Soph.; 2B/SS Maya Watkins, Soph.

Other key contributors: ♦ 2B/SS April Foster, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ P Lauren Perkins, Fr.

Outlook:♦ The Comets will be in unusual situation this season, with Jones serving as interim head coach until a permanent head coach is hired. However, he’s confident that if the pitching is consistent and can keep the Comets in tames, they should be able to hit enough to stay competitive.

Area 8-AAAAAA

Dacula

Head Coach:♦ Kelli Poff

2018 record:♦ 13-9

Returning Starters:♦ 3B Elizabeth Soto, Sr.; SS Jin Sileo, Sr.; OF Michaela Milando, Sr.; OF Nikki Lajara, Sr.; C Kolbi Waugh, Sr.; 1B Sammy Costa, Jr.; P Sydney Boulware, Jr.; OF Riley Ballew, Jr.; OF Erin Watt, Sr.

Other key contributors: ♦ Maia Mumpfield, Khayden Harris, Michaela Hawkins, Alexis Guzman

Key newcomers:♦ OF Emily Digby, Fr.; IF Emily Stern, Fr.; IF Sydney Spayd, Fr.; C Lani Johnson, Fr.

Outlook:♦ For the first time since the program started in 1996, the Falcons will be under new leadership with the retirement of founding coach Tracy Keefer, though her presence could be felt with her successor being of of the first player on that inaugural team, Kelli Poff, who has plenty of experience, as well as a promising freshman class to work with. Poff is confident her team will play with a lot of effort and energy to once again contend in the region.

Lanier

Head Coach:♦ Caitlyn Schmidt

2018 record:♦ 10-14, fourth in region, first round of Class AAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters:♦ LF Ansley Thompson, Sr.; 2B Payton Franklin, Sr.; C Cassidy Winfield, Sr.; RHP/1B Carley Forrester, Jr.; 3B/OF Alissa Miner, Jr.

Other key contributors: ♦ RHP/SS Lauren Cothern, Soph.; 2B Katie Forrester, Sr.

Key newcomers:♦ Sara Byrum

Outlook:♦ Despite a sub-.500 overall record, the Longhorns still found their way back to the postseason in 2018, and look to use that experience to their advantage in the region wars this year. Experienced seniors Thompson, Franklin and Winfield will be counted on to be the bedrock of the lineup, while junior Forrester should provide plenty of stability with her work in the circle.

Area 8-AAAAA

Buford

Head Coach:♦ Tony Wolfe

2018 record:♦ 19-12, region runner-up, Final Four of the Class AAAAA state tournament

Returning Starters:♦ SS Anabel Adams, Sr. (.337, 8 2B, 2 HR, 29 R, 26 RBIs); C/1B, Abbi Perkins, Jr. (.388, 10 2B, 4 HR, 30 R, 32 RBIs, 6 SB); P/DP Ansleigh Hollifield, Sr. (.266, 5 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, 11 RBIs; 6-6, 2 saves, 6 CG, 2 SO, 85 2/3 IP, 76 H, 68 K, 3.02 ERA); P Kaitlyn Pickens, Sr. (5-3, 3 saves, 39 1/3 IP, 54 H, 24 K, 3.92 ERA); P Amelia Veal, Sr. (7-2, 3 CG, 47 IP, 47 H, 29 Ks, 1.64 ERA)

Other key contributors: ♦ OF Kara Taylor, Sr. (.273, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 R, 5 RBIs); IF Taylor Malvin, Soph. (.333, 1 3B, 9 R, 1 RBI)

Key newcomers:♦ OF Emi Hall, Jr.; OF Emmaline Williams, Jr.; OF Alicia Ross, Jr.; 3B Adi English, Sr.; RHP/3B, Kennedi Bauman, Sr.; P Riley Reese, Jr.; P/1B Olivia Duncan, Fr.; C/3B Emma Castorri, Fr.

Outlook:♦ While they aren’t quite as dominant as they were during their decade-long state championship run, the Wolves were still a formidable force on the state scene in making the Final Four in Class AAAAA a year ago. They should be once again this year, with a good amount of experience returning, especially in the circle, where Veal, Hollifield and Pickens combined for more than 170 innings a year ago, including a lot of high-leverage frames. The biggest issue Wolfe and his team will look to address is who will step up to provide depth behind Adams and Perkins to lead the offense.

Area 7-AAA

GAC

Head Coach:♦ Jessica Coan-Crawford

2018 record:♦ 5-17

Area 5-A

Wesleyan

Head Coach:♦ Mary Stephenson

2018 record:♦ 26-4, region champions, Class A (Private) state champions

Returning Starters:♦ CF Jahni Kerr, Sr. (.596, 10 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR, 35 SB, 48 R, 23 RBI); RHP Madison Kerpics, Sr. (20-2, 0.68 ERA, 283 K, 0.60 WHIP; .386 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 19 RBI); C Emma-Kate Means, Sr. (.997 fielding pct.); SS Reece Holbrook, Jr. (.302, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 SB, 27 RBI); 2B/SS Gracie Taylor, Jr. (.341, 7 2B, 6 SB, 20 RBI); OF Elizabeth Bertram, Jr. (.373, 6 SB); 1B Riley Keller, Jr. (.273, 3 2B, 1 HR); OF Tinsley Bertram, Soph. (.355)

Other key contributors: ♦ P Jessica Nolan, Soph. (6-2, 57 K, 2.57 ERA); C/1B, Emma Nydam, Jr.

Key newcomers:♦ OF/IF, Lauren Hill, Sr.

Outlook:♦ The two-time defending champions bring back eight starters from last year’s team, including a senior class led by Super Six selections Kerr and Kerpics, as well as catcher Means, to use as a building block for 2019. That’s a pretty sound foundation, and with Stephenson and the Wolves not satisfied in resting on their laurels, it could easily lead to another weekend in Columbus in late October.

Area 8-A

Hebron Christian

Head Coach: Demetrius Frazier 2019 record: 16-14

Returning Starters:♦ IF/OF Alyssa Harrison, Sr.; P Layton Morris, Soph.; C Maci Poisal, Sr.; SS Mary Blake Whittington, Sr.; IF/OF Sydney Harris, Sr.

Key newcomers:♦ IF Carly Fahey, Jr.; IF Nicole Azar, Jr.; IF Jessie Parish, Soph.

Outlook:♦ A team that took a step forward with a winning record last year hopes to take a step further this fall behind four seniors among five returning starers and several key newcomers, including first-year coach Frazier, who has an eye on challenging for a region title in his debut season.

Providence Christian

Head Coach:♦ Preston Smith

2018 record:♦ 4-19, seventh in region

Returning Starters:♦ IF Hannah Nolan, Sr. (.704, 1.389 slugging pct.); C/1B Sydney Flood, Jr. (.381, 28 RBI); CF Claire Owens, Sr. (.361); P Maymie deMayo, Soph. (4 wins, 63 Ks in 101 1/3 IP)

Other key contributors: ♦ OF Ansley Larson, Sr.; UT Emily O’Connor, Sr.

Key newcomers:♦ C/INF Anna Reeves, Fr.; 1B Courtney Salazar, Sr.

Outlook: Despite the record, the Storm made major strides last year, and Smith was hoping for further steps forwards in 2019. He will look to the slugging duo of Nolan and Flood to set the tone for what figures to be a solid batting order, while deMayo could bring more consistency in the circle, which could be a major key if the Storm are to challenge to get back to the state playoffs for the first time in three years.

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