R1 roundup: Parkview out in walk-off HBP

10:47 pm Apr. 29, 2016

Etowah, the No. 3 seed from tough Region 5-AAAAAA, knocked off defending Class AAAAAA champion Parkview on Friday night when Etowah batter Bryant Madden was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning and two outs. Etowah won 3-2. The Eagles had won the opener 4-0.

Below are details from that game and several other first-round playoff series Friday. Will continue to update through the

Baseball draws: Class-by-class look

4:29 pm Apr. 24, 2016

The state playoffs begin Friday with first-round doubleheaders and three-game series.

Here is a look at the state draws. They are not official. Please post any mistakes you see.

Class AAAAAA: There are two first-round matchups between ranked teams – No. 7 Mountain View at No. 5 Lambert and No. 10 Northview at No. 3 Norcross. The best draw probably belongs to Region 5 champion Pope. The only ranked team in Pope’s quarter

Class AAAAAA region races come down to final week

9:37 am Apr. 15, 2016

There is a little over a week left in baseball’s regular season. Here is the low down on the region races in Class AAAAAA.

Region 1 – Lee County (19-4, 8-1) is the only AAAAAA team that has clinched a No. 1 seed. The other Region 1 playoff teams will be Valdosta, Colquitt County and Tift County. Lee County has deep pitching. Five pitchers have thrown at least 20 innings. They

Blessed Trinity’s 49-game win streak ends in Louisiana

9:27 am Apr. 11, 2016

Blessed Trinity baseball’s winning streak of 49 games – believed to be the second-longest active streak in the country – ended last week in Louisiana, but the nationally ranked Titans look strong entering the stretch run of Region 4-AAA.

Blessed Trinity lost 6-5 to Tuerlings Catholic, the No. 2 team in Louisiana according to MaxPreps, with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that broke a 5-5

Mays baseball team having ‘magical year’

6:28 pm Apr. 5, 2016

Reginald Austin is a former NFL cornerback who was asked four years ago to take over Mays’ baseball program. A track-and-field coach at the time, Austin was thrilled to do it.

‘’I was an all-city player

Franklin County is 17-0 just 2 seasons after 8-16 finish

9:17 pm Mar. 31, 2016

Franklin County coach Ronnie Royston says the best is yet to come from his baseball team, but a 17-0 record – one of three unbeaten marks in the state – indicates that things are already pretty good in Carnesville.

Franklin County is ranked No. 2 behind Blessed Trinity (16-0), the defending state champion, in Class AAA. Bowdon (14-0) of Class AA is the other undefeated team.

For Franklin County, that’s improvement. The

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Allatoona gears toward another run in AAAAA

10:22 am Mar. 29, 2016

Allatoona’s baseball team is 14-2, its only losses to Blessed Trinity (No. 1 in Class AAA and nationally ranked) in extra innings and Huntington Beach, the California team that just won the National High School

Checking in with #1 teams Walton, Holy Innocents’, Hebron

10:48 pm Mar. 24, 2016

Last week, the baseball blog looked at the No. 1-ranked teams over two articles – Locust Grove, Blessed Trinity and Wesleyan, then Milton, Gainesville and King’s Ridge Christian.

This week, there are three new No. 1 teams – Walton (AAAAAA), Holy Innocents’ (AA) and Hebron Christian (A).

Here’s a little info on them.

-Walton (12-3), the preseason No. 2 pick of Baseball America, is ranked No. 8 nationally now by Perfect