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Union Grove’s Megan Betsa will be pitching today when the Wolverines take on Ola in a key Region 3-AAAA, Div. A contest at 5 p.m.
Ola and Union Grove are less than 10 games into softball season, but the two Region 3-AAAA powers play an important Subregion A game today.
Union Grove is one game up on defending state champion Jones County in the standings as the Wolverines visit third-place Ola.
“It is definitely important to be in the one or two spot in your subregion for the region tournament,” Union Grove coach Rod Pipkin said. “Our goal is to be No. 1. It is highly important to be at least No. 2.”
Despite leading the subregion, the Wolverines are ranked behind both Ola and Jones County in the most recent PrepCountry.com/GACA Coaches Poll. Jones County, which is 7-1 overall, is No. 2 while Ola is at No. 3. Union Grove is ranked No. 9.
The Wolverines enter today’s 5 p.m. matchup against Ola with a 7-2 overall record and 4-0 mark in the subregion. Ola is 6-2-1 and 2-1.
Union Grove has won its last four games since a 17-3 loss to Pike County two weeks ago. The team’s other loss was 11-2 to Loganville on the same day.
On Wednesday, the Wolverines defeated subregion foe Dutchtown 12-0 in four innings to prep for today’s matchup. This comes on the heels of an 8-0 win over Griffin Tuesday.
“We played everybody against Dutchtown,” Pipkin said. “We have been on a little streak lately, but Ola is going to be a different test. We had some close matchups last season. They are a very good team.”
Standout Megan Betsa will pitch today after resting on Wednesday.
The Wolverines have been nearly unstoppable in subregion games, outscoring their opponents 29-1.
“We are playing some good ball,” Pipkin said.
Ola is coming off a 22-10 season in which it missed the postseason. The Mustangs return five starters from that group, and have added a standout pitcher in Savannah McHellon, who transferred from Mundy’s Mill.