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Lady Jackets clinch region championship


    Southeast Bulloch locked up a historic season Wednesday night with a sweep over region rival Jenkins.
    Back-to-back 8-0 shutouts locked up a perfect 14-0 region record for head coach Amy Civalier's first region title since 2008. It was SEB's first undefeated region record in school history, and the run was one of the all-time greats in this history of the region.
    "It feels really good, from the beginning we felt pretty confident and put ourselves in a position to win," Civalier said. "I'm proud of the girls to host at home and be a number one seed."
    SEB outscored their region opponents 201-1 in 14 games —  a staggering difference. Only one of those 14 games went the full seven innings. Sure, the level of competition wasn't the highest — as SEB's region opponents had a combined record of 37-63 — but SEB did what good teams are supposed to do and trash lesser competition.
    "I expected us to come on top this year and win," said senior second baseman Blair Champman. "I'm happy because it's my senior year. If it were a closer game the emotions would probably be higher."
    Madison Fields pitched as dominant as she had been all season, going 11 innings between the two games and allowing seven total hits with 16 combined strikeouts. Blair Chapman went a combined 3-7 with four RBI. Emma Britt, McKenzie Glisson and Mallory Hardy all pitched in on offense as well.
    Jenkins didn't make it easy on themselves either, committing eight errors between the two games.
    With the win, SEB locked up the No. 1 seed in their playoff bracket with a probable matchup against Region 1-AAA's Monroe, who's 5-10 with two games left. The playoff game will happen Oct. 12, with times still to be announced.
    SEB can't look too far ahead, as they still have four non-region games left on their schedule starting with ECI today at 5:30 p.m. in Twin City.