South Georgia teams prepare for state softball tournament

The first pitch of the state softball playoffs will be on Wednesday, and several teams in Southwest Georgia have made their final preparations for a title run.

Lee County didn't have big expectations this season, but managed to win 19 games and earn a state playoff bid after a good showing in the region tournament. They'll travel to Richmond Hill on Wednesday.

"We feel real good going into the series against Richmond Hill," said head coach Dwayne Suggs. "We think we've got a good shot of getting out and going to round two."

Monroe is another team that didn't have high expectations at the beginning of the season. It's been an up and down year for the Tornadoes in coach Cecil Williams' 13th year at the school, but they hit and pitched well in the region tournament. Now, they'll hit the road to play Effingham on Wednesday.

"We're doing fairly well at this particular time of the season," Williams said. "It's good to gel at this time."

Worth County placed second in 4A-1, but still host Cross Creek on Wednesday night. The Rams have won 17 games on the season, but have really come on lately with the bats and expect to make a splash in the state playoffs.

"We obviously have the big goal in mind," said head coach Suzanne Kluball. "But we've got to get past tomorrow before we get there."