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Madison County has finished as the Class AAAA girls' fast-pitch softball state runner-up.
The Raiders advanced to the championship round Saturday, defeating West Laurens 2-1, but the team fell to Northwest Whitfield 2-1 in eight innings in the 12:30 game. It marked Madison County's third one-run, extra-inning loss to the Bruins in 2012. The team downed Madison County 7-6 in August and 8-7 Thursday evening.
Madison County scored one run in the top of the eighth inning on a fielder's choice, but Northwest Whitfield's Bayli Cruse hit a game-winning, walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bruins the state championship.
Ivie Drakes slides home for the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning versus West Laurens Saturday. Zach Mitcham/staff
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