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Lady Rebels force decisive third game
Sydney Newberry
Effingham County shortstop Sydney Newberry chatters during Wednesday's first game against Apalachee. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County softball team split a doubleheader against Apalachee in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs Wednesday. 

The Lady Rebels fell 4-1 in the opener but bounced back with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. 

The first pitch of the decisive third game in the series is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at Rebel Field. The winner will advance to Columbus for the Elite 8.