The Westfield Hornets came up just a game short of winning the GISA softball state championship series on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the Tattnall Trojans in Dublin.
Westfield won the morning opener by a score of 4-0, but would go on to drop the final two games 14-1 and 4-0.
The Hornets season comes to a close with a 24-10 record and their second consecutive defeat in the championship round.
Local GHSA teams fared better last week as the Houston County Bears, Veterans Warhawks and Perry Panthers all won their first round playoff series.
The Bears rolled over McIntosh with a pair of 8-0 and 10-0 shutout victories in their AAAAA opener. They will now face region three representative Lee County, which beat Richmond Hill two games to one. Houston County will serve as the home team.
Veterans recorded a sweep of its own with 8-0 and 12-1 victories over Dutchtown and will play Wayne County at home in the second round this Wednesday. Wayne County advanced by beating Cairo 7-1 and 15-2.
Perry split its opening double-header with Locust Grove on Wednesday, but pulled out a decisive 6-4 victory in game three to keep their season alive. The Panthers will be on road again this week to face the region one champion Crisp County Cougars.
Houston cheerleaders place second at competition
Veterans hosted its only cheerleading competition of the season on Saturday with several local schools in attendance.
Defending GHSA AAAAA state champion Houston County recorded the second highest score of the event with a 281, but they came up five points shy of Lee County who claimed the AAAAA title. Neither team incurred a single deduction during their routine.
Warner Robins also competed, finishing fourth in AAAAA.
Although Veterans was not eligible to place in the event due to serving as the hosts, the Warhawks turned in an excellent routine. Veterans recorded the third highest score of the competition with a 277. The total would have been good enough to earn the defending state champions a victory in the AAAA division if eligible.
Dooly County won the single-A title, while Bleckley Countys score of 233 was good enough to claim the AA crown.
Perry, Veterans advance in volleyball playoffs
The volleyball teams at Perry and Veterans also enjoyed playoff success last week as they punched their ticket to the second round with convincing victories.
The Warhawks beat Redan 3-0 with 25-7, 25-14 and 25-5 wins. Middle hitter Jalyn Slaughter collected nine kills.
Veterans will face defending AAAA state champion Sandy Creek at home on Tuesday.
Perry also collected a sweep at home with a 3-0 victory over Grady. The Panthers will have to go on the road this week to take on Locust Grove who swept Madison County in their opener.
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