Girls Varsity Softball · Jaylah Jarrell, Peachtree Ridge softball advance to Sweet Sixteen

CANTON — Jaylah Jarrell had a huge doubleheader Tuesday, and Peachtree Ridge swept Cherokee with 9-3 and 5-1 victories in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA state softball playoffs.

The Lions advance to play at Archer later this week in the second round.

 Jarrell went 5-for-5 and four RBIs in Game 1, which saw the Lions tally 16 hits. Samantha Brown, D’Amani Gadson, Kennedy Harp and Ava Lunsford had multiple hits in the opener. Harp had three RBIs and a double, Gadson and Lunsford had home runs and Elle Lunsford pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.

In Game 2, Elle Lunsford pitched seven innings and allowed five hits with six strikeouts. Jarrell had two more hits, and Harp and Gadson also had multiple hits. Harp had a home run, one of 10 Lion hits in the nightcap.