The three-time defending Class A softball state champions will have to settle for being No. 2...at least for now.
The Georgia High School Association released its Class A brackets for the public and private school state tournaments on Wednesday afternoon and Gordon Lee has fallen to the No. 2 slot in the 16-team public school field.
The final numbers released by the GHSA on Tuesday showed the Lady Trojans with a narrow advantage over last year's state runner-up GMC (17.55-17.53), but that was before the GHSA heard appeals from teams on Wednesday morning.
Both Gordon Lee and GMC were among nine of the top 17 teams appealing their final power ranking numbers. However, when the final numbers were released following the appeals later Wednesday afternoon, it showed that GMC had edged out the Lady Trojans, 17.91 to 17.64.
With both teams winning their respective regions, the two teams will be the top seeds for the state tournament, which begins on Oct. 23.
Region 7 champion GMC will host No. 16 Marion County in the opening-round, best-of-three series, while Region 6 champion Gordon Lee will play host to No. 15 Charlton County, the same team the Lady Trojans defeated last year in the first round.
Gordon Lee head coach Dana Mull said the No. 2 seeding was not that big of a deal to her or her team.
"Would we have liked to be the No. 1 seed? Sure. But with this crazy point system, a lot of it is really out of our hands," she said. "But it really doesn't matter. You still have to play well and beat whoever lines up against you.
"We told the girls about the No. 2 seed and it didn't bother them at all. We're just glad we won our region so we could get a top seed and get to play a first-round game at home. We just have to keep playing like we did during the region tournament."
Three more region champs filled out the top five seeds.
No. 3 Hawkinsville, who will be on the same side of the bracket as Gordon Lee, will host No. 14 Baconton Charter in round one. No. 4 Telfair County drew No. 13 Miller County and No. 5 Seminole County will play host to No. 12 Johnson County.
The other first-round series will include No. 6 Schley County hosting No. 11 Glascock County, No. 7 Mt. Zion hosting No. 10 Commerce, and No. 8 Echols County hosting No. 9 Treutlen.
Should the Lady Trojans win their first-round series, they would draw region rival Mt. Zion in their opening game of the state finals in Columbus on Oct. 31.
Wilcox County finished in 17th place, just 0.34 points behind Marion County, while Trion was 18th, 0.60 points shy of making the field.
Just two teams from Region 6 will be in the private school field.
Darlington, who was eighth in the standings before appeals, slipped to ninth after the appeals and will now play at No. 8 Pace Academy in the opening round, while defending private school state champion Mt. Pisgah is seeded No. 14 and will have to travel to No. 3 Prince Avenue Christian to begin the state tournament.
Eagle's Landing Christian and Savannah Christian are the top two seeds.
Final power rankings and tournament brackets can be found at ghsa.net.