With the conclusion of the regular season, the 2013 SSAC Softball Conference Championship seeds are set and ready to play at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Ga. The softball championship begins Thursday with the championship game played May 4.
In the East, the third ranked Lee University Lady Flames claim the top seed boasting a 23-6 conference record and 40-9 overall record. The Lady Flames have captured back-to-back regular season conference titles for the East and are looking for their fourth conference championship title.
In the West, the seventh-ranked Warhawks of Auburn University at Montgomery claimed the top seed with a 17-7 conference record and 39-8 overall record. The Warhawks captured their first regular season West division conference title and are seeking their first SSAC conference championship title.
The 22nd- ranked Golden Tigers of Brenau University claimed the second seed in the East with a 17-9 conference record and 32-14 overall record. In the west, the 11th-ranked Blazers of Belhaven University grabbed the second seed with an 18-8 conference record and 32-10 overall record.
The East top five wrap up as follows, Brewton-Parker College, third seed and 13-13 in SSAC, Southern Wesleyan University, fourth seed and 11-17 in SSAC, and Emmanuel College, fifth seed and 11-20 in SSAC. In the West, No. 15 Spring Hill College, third seed and 16-9 in SSAC, No. 17 William Carey University, fourth seed and 19-11 in SSAC, and University of Mobile, fifth seed and 12-14 in SSAC.
The Lady Flames will open play on Thursday at 6 p.m. against the winner of William Carey and Emmanuel College. A win would advance coach Emily Russell’s club to the second round against the winner of Belhaven and Brewton-Parker on Friday at noon.
A team will must win five straight games without a loss to claim the championship. Lee will play host to the NAIA National Tournament on May 13-15 at Butler Field.