AAAAAA first-round recap: Getting the bunt down critical in Game 3

9:27 pm May. 3, 2015

Here’s an in depth look at the first round of the state playoffs in Class AAAAAA. I’ll work on reporting some details of the other classifications in the next couple of days leading up to Wednesday’s start of the second round.

It was interesting to note that four teams in Class AAAAAA won one-run games in Game 3 to advance. Sacrifice bunts, squeezes and flies played big roles in all four.

Here’s

Baseball: Milton, Lambert meet again

8:14 am Apr. 28, 2015

Milton swept Lambert in the 2013 state baseball playoffs and went on to win the Class AAAAAA championship.

In 2014, Lambert got revenge, beating Milton in an epic state-championship series that featured over a dozen Division I prospects.

On Friday, the two state powers will reintroduce themselves when they meet in the first round of the state playoffs.

While fifth-ranked Lambert (19-7) returned almost every starter, sixth-ranked Milton brought back only one.

Baseball: Walton, Parkview, others clinch region titles

9:32 am Apr. 24, 2015

It’s been a big week for Walton and sophomore outfielder Jason Rooks, who drove in the winning runs in one-run victories over Lassiter and Cherokee.

In the Lassiter victory, which clinched the Region 5-AAAAAA title for Walton, Rooks was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and the game-winning single in the 4-3 win.

Two days later, Rooks was 3-for-3 with two doubles, one that provided the walk-off hit in the

Baseball: Kennesaw Mountain wins 1st of 7 games this week

10:04 am Apr. 21, 2015

Fourth-ranked Kennesaw Mountain (17-5, 9-2) took first place in Region 4-AAAAAA on Monday with a 9-2 victory over Harrison (14-8, 8-3), but even with five days left in the season, it’s far from over.

Rainouts have given the Mustangs a schedule that looks like this:

Monday – Harrison (W 9-2)
Tuesday – at North Paulding (doubleheader)
Wednesday – McEachern
Thursday – at Harrison
Friday – at McEachern
Saturday – North Paulding

In Monday’s game, Kennesaw Mountain scored eight

Lambert stays hot after trip to England

10:00 am Apr. 17, 2015

The Lambert girls soccer team (14-2, 7-1, ranked No. 9 in Class AAAAAA) returned to action after spring break with a 5-0 victory Tuesday against Habersham Central to move within one victory of securing the top spot in Region 6-AAAAAA. Briarly Beauchamp scored two goals to lead the Longhorns.

During the break, several members of the team went on a tour to England, picking up 4-1 and 7-0 victories against local

Baseball: Mountain View

10:00 am Apr. 15, 2015

Mountain View (16-6, 8-2) has hit only three home runs and three batters over .300, but those aren’t worries for a team trying to defend its championship in Region 7-AAAAAA.

The Bears have played one of the state’s toughest schedules – with victories over nationally ranked Gainesville and Buford – thus the ordinary batting statistics. Plus, they hit only three homers last year, when they went 22-6.

‘’We’ve played what has to

Baseball: Walton takes lead in region … Starr’s Mill on wins streak … Updates on JoCo, Liberty, Westlake, Whitefield

9:15 am Apr. 10, 2015

Walton takes lead in 5-AAAAAA

Sixth-ranked Walton (15-3, 8-1) took the lead in Region 5-AAAAAA this week with a pair of one-run victories. In a 7-6 win over Pope, cleanup hitter Tyler Heinrichs broke a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI double, then scored for a 7-5 lead. Heinrichs, who has signed with Tulane, had homered earlier in the game. He also hit a home run in Walton’s

Baseball: They aren’t No. 1 for nothing

3:01 pm Mar. 31, 2015

The six No. 1-ranked teams in the AJC’s baseball rankings look tough to beat. Each made the semifinals or better in 2014 and look just as good, or better, in 2015.

Here is a close look at each one.

AAAAAA

Parkview (13-2) graduated its best two pitchers from a 2014 team that made the Class AAAAAA semifinals, but there is no statistical evidence of those departures in 2015. The team’s ERA is 1.36

Notebook: BT, Benedictine get hot … Rutland, Archer pitchers mow down batters … Two hitters with six HR

11:00 am Mar. 27, 2015

Defending Class AAA champion Blessed Trinity has won nine straight games to run its record to 11-2 overall, 7-0 in Region 4-AAA. Cody Roberts, a North Carolina signee, is hitting .529 (18-for-34) with four home runs. Senior Will Galloway (.487) also has four homers. Blessed Trinity has employed nine pitchers, none better than Brad Spinner (3-1, 0.35 ERA). Junior Jackson Svete (12 innings, 13 strikeouts) and sophomore Cole McNamee (9.2