Pope caps their 2019 regular season with a 22-4 recordas well as winning the region 7-AAAAAA championship for the 3rd consecutive year. The 22 wins are the second most any Pope team has compiled during the regular season, 2nd to only the 2018 team which compiled a 23-3 regular season record. After the 1st 11 games of the 2019 season, the Greyhounds found themselves with a 7-4 record but the Greyhounds roared to life, putting together a 15 game winning streak to carry them into the state playoffs. The region championship is Pope’s 4th overall championship with the 2019 championship Hounds joining the 2012, 2017 and 2018 teams.
The 2019 season marks the 4th and final season that Pope will compete in region 7-AAAAAA where Pope has established itself as a dominant force in the region. Enroute to the Greyhounds’ 3rd consecutive region championship, the Hounds outscored opponents 224-8 dropping their lone region contest to Cambridge 4-3 but avenging that loss 7-1 the 2nd time the 2 teams played. After winning the region tournament the past 2 seasons, the Hounds had to win the championship in a different fashion this season when the region did away with the region tournament. Since the Greyhounds finished the region regular season’s 16 game schedule in 1st place, the Greyhounds were crowned champions and awarded the 1 seed from the region securing the right to homefield advantage throughout the GHSA state playoffs. Overall in four years in the region, Pope compiled a 57-5 region record which is good for a .919 winning %, finished region runner up in 2016, and won 3 region consecutive championships (2017,18,19).
Pope enters the 2019 playoffs with an .840 winning % which is 3rd best in the state in the AAAAAA division behind only Effingham county and Creekview, while the Greyhounds 15 game winning streak is the current longest streak in the AAAAAA division. Overall this season, the Greyhounds have scored 291 runs and only allowed 45, and both of those totals are tops in the state at the AAAAAA level.
If the Greyhounds wish to make it back to Columbus the Hounds will have a tough road having to get through the Douglas County Tigers in round 1 and then should the Hounds make it to round 2, they would have to play the winner of Heritage Conyers and Houston County, who are both opponents the Hounds have played intense 2nd round playoff series against in the past and are both teams that made to Columbus in 2018 along with the Greyhounds.
Playoff bracket can be seen here: