PREP SOFTBALL: Season Ends for Patriots Softball

TUNNEL HILL — The season came to an end for the Heritage softball team Wednesday in Tunnel Hill. Emily Boyd struck out 14 batters over two games and Region 7-AAAA champion Northwest Whitfield swept the Patriots, 10-2 and 7-2 in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

"I thought we had a good season. Everybody wants to win every ball game they play, but I think our girls worked hard," said Patriots coach Dickey Hightower, whose team lost their final five games after sweeping Salem in the first round of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament. "I think they got the most of our of their talent (and) I think we had a great season. I’m sorry that it ended this way but I thought we played hard."

Northwest Whitfield (25-6), with the junior Boyd leading the way, will host the winner of Pope-Dunwoody in a best-of-three second round series next week, while Heritage finishes 23-12.

"They’re solid," Hightower said of Northwest. "They play great defense, they got a good pitcher, one-through-nine they swing the bats pretty good. They’ll be in Columbus."