The third time is the charm for the Greyhounds as Pope is able to capture the program’s first state title in their 3rd consecutive attempt at the State Finals tournament in Columbus Georgia by defeating Hillgrove High School 4-0 in the State Championship game played on 11-1-2014.
In Pope’s two previous attempts, Pope finished 2nd and 4th. In 2012 Pope qualified for the AAAAA State Finals progressing all the way to the State Championship game before falling to Union Grove, 1-0 and 4-3 in the championship game(s) and in 2013 the Hounds qualified once again for the AAAAA state finals tournament but suffered a minor setback finishing 4th after losing to eventual state champion Ola High School in the semi-finals.
In 2014, the Hounds would not be denied as they steamrolled through the championship series outscoring opponents 17 – 2 in the 4 games played in Columbus and outhitting opponents 32 – 4 in the 4 games of the Championship series.
In the four games, Pope defeated three separate region champions in Harrison High School from region 4, Brookwood High School from Region 8, and Lassiter High School from region 5. Pope also matched up with and defeated 3 fellow Cobb County schools in their wins against Harrison, Lassiter and State Runner up Hillgrove. The State Championship for Pope is the 1st Softball State Championship for a Cobb County School in any division since Lassiter last won the title in 2007.