Lee county lady trojans advance to elite 8


Georgia Miller

Communicating to one another on what call to use. Abby Hughes (12) and Trellis Whaley (12) discussed what pitch was needed for the next batter. Hughes said, "We need this last out."

The Lady Trojans prepare to face of against the Falcons of Dacula. The first pitch is set for Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

They advanced to the elite eight after defeating the Lakeside Vikings 4-0 in game one and 2-1 in game two of the first round of the playoffs, then excelled over the South Paulding Spartans in the second round of the playoffs 9-1 in game one and 8-0 in game two. 

The winner will go on to play the winner of the Creekview and Evans game, while also moving on to the final four. That game will be played on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

One loss will not completely eliminate the Trojans from the tournament. However, the one loss will enter them into the loser’s bracket. Which will give them one last attempt to make a run for the championship.  

During the regular season they accumulated a successful 20-6 record. While also gaining a third consecutive region 1-AAAAAA championship title. The Trojans are coached by Dwane Suggs, Chuck Cooper, and Matthew Suggs. Whom all play a huge role along with the fans in the success. The Trojans are led defensively by Abby Hughes (12), Trellis Whaley (12), and Rhiannon Belcher (12). They are three of seven returning seniors this year. 

When asked about being crowned their third consecutive region championship Hughes said, “It feels absolutely amazing to be 3 time region champs. It is something we have worked very hard for.”

The Trojans have dedicated countless hours to get to where they are. Belcher said, “We practice everyday during the week except Fridays from 3:30 until 6. We do whatever is necessary to win.” 

The Trojans goals had been set since the beginning of the season.

Hughes said, “The elite eight was one of our main goals as a team right from the beginning and being reminded of that helped us work even harder. In comparison to the previous teams I think there is just a great comrade between all of us, which really helps to drive each of us to keep competing for one another.”

“I have known most of these girls since middle school,” Whaley said. “We were either playing against each other at LCMS-East/West or on the same team as each other.Our chemistry is great no matter what happens we pick each other up and once we step between the lines for a game everything else is forgotten and we are a whole.”

The Trojans fell to Dacula in the first round 2-1 on Thursday and entered the losers bracket, still having one more chance at the championship. The next morning the Trojans would go on a winning streak. Defeating Evans 4-0 at 12:00 pm and River Ridge 6-2 at 4:00 pm. To advance themselves another round, which would start Friday morning at 10:00 am against Northgate. The Trojans won that match up 13-5. Following a rematch would occur against Dacula, this time the Trojans coming out victorious 3-2. That win advanced them to their first ever State Championship. 

The AAAAAA State Championship would be against the Pope Greyhounds out of Marietta, Georgia at 2 pm. However after one inning, Pope would score three runs until a rain delay was called. The delay was initially four hours, but the rain continued. So the game was rescheduled until Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm. The Trojans could not get anything going and would fall short of the title losing 6-0 to the Greyhounds.