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Effingham County eclipses Heritage, headed to Columbus
Rebels pitcher Hayley Dickerson, center, hauls in a pop-up as Patriots batter Claire Williams and first baseman Haley Arnsdorff converge in Wednesday's first game.

SPRINGFIELD -- Johnny Coleman is a man of few words. After watching his team play Wednesday, he was virtually speechless.

 "They amaze me," Coleman said after his Effingham County Rebels dismantled Heritage 6-0 and 15-4 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA softball playoffs.

Coleman has watched his team outscore its opponents by a 53-7 margin in the state tournament. It rolled over Northside-Warner Robins 15-0 and 17-3 in the first round.

The Rebels, who will play in Columbus next week, have thrived by hitting with runners in scoring position, especially with two outs.

"That shows their discipline," Coleman said. "I'm so proud of them. It's hard to come up with something to say, to be perfectly honest with you.

"I knew the girls were talented -- no doubt -- but they have been so disciplined offensively, defensively and the pitching has been excellent. They are just clicking on all cylinders right now."

Hayley Dickerson and Addie Reynolds swatted successive sixth-inning homers in the first game. Reynolds and Bailee Wilson hit circuit clouts in the second contest.

See the Oct. 25 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.