Pre-playoff baseball rankings

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After losing back-to-back games for the first time this season last week, No. 1 Walton finished the slate strong by sweeping a Friday double-header with Woodstock (2-0, 12-4). North Gwinnett closed out the regular season with a 27-2 record and the Bulldogs ride a six-game winning streak after their most recent loss, a 5-1 battle with Class 5A’s Loganville. No. 4 Parkview held off No. 5 Brookwood 2-0 in their season finale and they enter the playoffs in the same position in the poll. After losing three-straight games in early April, No. 6 Lassiter took Game 3 against Walton and then swept a three-game series with Roswell (8-0, 8-2, 13-3) for a fourth-straight victory. No. 8 East Coweta’s 10-game winning streak was snapped as the Indians lost a cross-classification contest with Troup in their finale 4-0.

In Class 6A, No. 1 Pope defeated No. 6 Northview 6-2 on Wednesday, while No. 2 Allatoona and No. 5 Dalton split a pair of extra-inning games in the past calendar week. No. 3 Winder-Barrow swept a three-game series with Lanier this past week to finish the year with just two losses and a perfect 23-0 record against instate opponents.

Class 5A No. 1 Starr’s Mill split this week’s home and away with No. &*&* Harris County. Harris County jumped Buford for No. 5 after the Wolves closed the season with losses in three of its final four games and four of its final six games.

Class 4A No. 1 Blessed Trinity hasn’t lost to a Georgia opponent since a Feb. 27 extra innings matchup with Kell (8-7). The Titans cruised through the region schedule with an undefeated record, but now face off with Cartersville in a surprising first-round matchup. Cartersville, which was ranked No. 1 different during points during the season finished 8-4 in region play and grabbed the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. While a No. 4 seed should punish the Purple Hurricanes in the poll, instead it indicates the strength of the four teams in Region 4 and rewards one of few regions that has a fighting chance to advance all of its teams into the second round.

Class 3A continues to look wide-open as the polls remained locked for another consecutive week. Callaway swept a three-game series with Heard County to jump to No. 2 in Class 2A. In Class A-Public, Schley County and Emanuel County Institute surpassed Bowdon to complete the top 3 with No. 1 Gordon Lee.

 

Class 7A

1. Walton (24-6)

2. North Gwinnett (27-2)

3. Mill Creek (27-4)

4. Parkview (26-4)

5. Brookwood (24-4)

6. Lassiter (22-8)

7. Grayson (22-6)

8. East Coweta (25-5)

9. Archer (22-7)

10. Lambert (18-13)

 

Class 6A

1. Pope (23-5)

2. Allatoona (27-3)

3. Winder-Barrow (27-2)

4. Harrison (20-8)

5. Dalton (21-7)

6. Northview (22-7)

7. Gainesville (21-7)

8. Lee County (20-10)

9. Alexander (22-4)

10. Greenbrier (21-7)

 

Class 5A

1. Starr’s Mill (25-4)

2. Veterans (22-8)

3. Locust Grove (21-5)

4. Carrollton (25-5)

5. Harris County (23-7)

6. Buford (17-12)

7. Loganville (19-10)

8. Griffin (16-7)

9. Jones County (18-12)

10. Kell (20-11)

 

Class 4A

1. Blessed Trinity (25-3)

2. Cartersville (22-8)

3. Troup (19-10)

4. Woodward Academy (21-5)

5. Cedartown (20-5)

6. Northwest Whitfield (20-9)

7. LaGrange (19-11)

8. Cairo (21-6)

9. Heritage-Catoosa (24-6)

10. Madison County (14-14)

 

Class 3A

1. North Hall (19-10)

2. Pierce County (20-7)

3. Ringgold (25-5)

4. Redan (21-8-1)

5. Westminster (16-8)

6. Greater Atlanta Christian (20-8)

7. Pace Academy (19-7)

8. Franklin County (20-9)

9. North Murray (18-8)

10. Lovett (14-11-1)

 

Class 2A

1. Elbert County (24-5)

2. Callaway (21-8)

3. Jeff Davis (22-7)

4. Heard County (18-10)

5. Benedictine (17-11)

6. Harlem (21-9)

7. Bacon County (18-10)

8. Rockmart (18-10)

9. Bleckley County (21-7)

10. Thomasville (18-9)

 

Class A-Private

1. Holy Innocents’ (24-4)

2. Tattnall Square (23-3)

3. Savannah Christian (25-3)

4. King’s Ridge (18-8)

5. Hebron Christian (18-7)

6. Mount de Sales (19-6)

7. Calvary Day (16-9)

8. Athens Christian (21-5)

9. Strong Rock Christian (17-9)

10. Aquinas (19-4)

 

Class A-Public

1. Gordon Lee (21-5)

2. Schley County (26-2)

3. Emanuel County Institute (18-5)

4. Bowdon (17-10)

5. Trion (15-8)

6. Charlton County (20-5)

7. Lanier County (21-3)

8. Telfair County (16-9)

9. Irwin County (17-6)

10. Taylor County (21-3)


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