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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Heritage softball coach Tanner Moore and the Lady Generals will host Marist on Monday as they try to repeat as GHSA Class AAAA state champions.

With four northwest Georgia softball teams in the midst of state championship battles, a heavy downpour postponed Saturday's finals in Columbus.

As a result, for the first time in GHSA softball history, the state championship games will be hosted by the higher-seeded schools on Monday.

Heritage (28-6) will resume play at 5 p.m. at home against Marist in the Class AAAA final with the score tied 3-3. The Lady Generals are up to bat with runners at third and first with no outs as they try to defend their first state championship.

"There will be no admission cost," Heritage coach Tanner Moore said. "It should really be a great and wild atmosphere at our school that no one has ever seen before on campus. We have to just keep swinging it and score as many as we can, then go out there and take care of the bottom half of the inning."

Gordon Lee (32-1) will resume play at home at 5:30 in the Class A public title game in the bottom of the sixth with a 6-1 lead over Trion. The Lady Trojans have the bases loaded and one out for Kirbie Bradley.

Both Gordon Lee and Heritage would play again if they were to lose.

After losing its opening game in Columbus, Ringgold (29-4) has staved off elimination to reel off four straight wins on its way to the Class AAA title round.

The Lady Tigers will resume action at 4:30 Monday at Franklin County with a 7-5 lead in the top of the fifth, a runner on third and two outs. They must beat Franklin County twice to win a state championship.

Saturday morning, Ringgold overcame a six-run deficit and five home runs by Calhoun (22-16) as Amber Gainer lined a walk-off single to center for an 8-7 victory. Then Ringgold won the losers-bracket final 6-3 over Lovett.

Riley Nayadley was 7-for-10 with six RBIs, four doubles and a home run for the Lady Tigers on Saturday.

Trion (24-4) shut out Bowdon 2-0 to begin Saturday's play and won the Class A losers-bracket final 9-6 over Commerce by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to break a tie.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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