As expected, Baylor, GPS softball teams cruise to state rematch

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The only females who could potentially prevent, or at least delay, the inevitable matchup were Mother Nature and Lady Luck. It certainly wasn't going to be the two opponents Wednesday.

Perennial softball powers Baylor and GPS - considered to be on a collision course since the season began - are set to meet in the winners-bracket final of the Division II-AA state tournament after runaway wins Wednesday at the TSSAA Spring Fling.

Baylor needed just three innings to throttle Chattanooga Christian School 15-0, and GPS welcomed Tipton-Rosemark, which had chosen to move up in classification, to big-time softball with a 9-2 whipping.

The Baylor-GPS game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, although the Mid-State forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain at that time. Regardless of when they face off, there was never any doubt of that matchup, which will be the 10th in the past 11 state tournaments.