It wasn't exactly deja vu, but for the Heritage Generals and the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans, it was close enough.
After falling 13-7 Friday night at Heritage in Game 1 of the 2017 North Georgia Athletic Conference softball tournament championship finals, the Navy-and-Red battled back to win Games 2 and 3 in Chickamauga on Saturday to claim the crown and three-peat as NGAC champions.
Heritage 13, Gordon Lee 5
The Generals got two hits and three RBIs from Jessica Gibson in Saturday's opener. Gracie Dawson, who had two hits and three RBIs in the Game 1 loss on Friday, added two more hits in the second game of the series, while Riley Kokinda was 2-for-2 with two walks and one RBI.
Allie Farrow had a walk, a double and a homer for Gordon Lee. Asia Lanham and Abby Jackson both went 2-for-3, while Emma Phillips layed down a pair of sacrifice bunts.
Heritage 5, Gordon Lee 4
The Lady Trojans pushed home a run in the bottom of the seventh before loading the bases with two outs. But Heritage would get the final out on an infield pop-up at first base, securing the conference tournament crown.
Dawson and Gibson each drove in two runs in the dramatic series finale. Zoe Wright was 3-for-4 with a run batted in, while Kokinda, Dawson and Lexie Duckett were each 2-for-4.
Farrow had a double, drew three walks and knocked in a pair of runs. Anniston Hudson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Lanham, Jackson and Mila Smith added one hit each.
The sweep on the final day of the season came nearly one year to the day that Heritage won twice at home over Gordon Lee to win the title in 2016. The Lady Trojans won Game 1 last year in Chickamauga, 1-0, before Heritage claimed 8-0 and 10-2 victories back at home.
Heritage swept Trion in the 2015 finals to start their current run of titles.