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State finals previews: Nine schools can win first-ever state titles

11:55 am May. 24, 2017

Here’s a look at the eight state baseball finals with the updated, rain-altered schedule below.

They get underway Wednesday afternoon with a 5 p.m. double-header in Rome between Etowah and Woodstock in Class AAAAAAA.

The delayed AAAAAA semifinal series between Lee County and Johns Creek, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed again until Friday because of rain. The Class AAAAAA final now will be moved from neutral Rome and be played next

Updated semifinal recaps: Etowah, Woodstock advance to all-Cherokee final

8:16 am May. 18, 2017

Cherokee County will have its first state baseball champion in 59 years.

Etowah and Woodstock – both unranked with losing records in region play – each won a Game 3  Thursday to advance to the Class AAAAAAA championship series next week.

Etowah defeated third-ranked Mill Creek 5-4. Woodstock beat second-ranked North Gwinnett 4-3.

Both Cherokee teams have won four straight playoff rounds on the road after finishing tied for third place in strong

QF baseball recap: Hooray for Cherokee County; a look at all 32 series

12:47 am May. 12, 2017

The baseball quarterfinals are done. On to the semifinals, which start Wednesday.

Below are recaps of the 32 quarterfinal series. Missing a couple, but will add those when information becomes available.

Most amazing might’ve been the 23 strikeouts by two Locust Grove pitchers in a 12-inning victory over McIntosh. Locust Grove has allowed three runs in six playoff games.

Also pretty cool is the pair of Cherokee County semifinalists – Etowah and Woodstock

Updated: Etowah’s Keene pitches no-hitter, hits grand slam, 3-run HR; Alexander, Ringgold win

5:56 pm May. 7, 2017

Tuesday update: The last three second-round series were played Monday.

Alexander beat Valdosta 6-5 when cleanup hitter Gavin Harmon hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jason Hinchman and Justin Culpepper had singled ahead of him. It was Harmon’s second double. Adam Smith homered for Alexander. The Valdosta loss ends the high school career of D.L. Hall, who had 16 strikeouts in Valdosta’s 6-2 win in

First-round wrapup: 5-HR days, no-hitters don’t always end well

8:37 am May. 1, 2017

The first round of the state baseball playoffs is in the books.

Two players on losing teams deserve shout-outs for great efforts, even if things didn’t work out in the end.

The first is Westminster freshman Parker Harber. The third baseman hit five home runs in Friday’s doubleheader at Greater Atlanta Christian. The next day in Game 3, his team surrendered a 3-0 lead and lost 9-3. Harber relieved in the seventh

Baseball playoff draws: Blessed Trinity-Cartersville is first-round jewel

7:20 pm Apr. 24, 2017

A couple of months ago, Blessed Trinity and Cartersville were so hot that they were ranked in the top 20 of MaxPreps’ national baseball rankings.

Now, these two Georgia state powers are meeting in the first round of the state playoffs, which start Friday. (See playoff pairings below, with each team’s seed and state ranking.)

The Blessed Trinity-Cartersville is the best of several strong matchups. Others include No. 4 Harrison at No.

‘Very athletic’ Blessed Trinity takes run at 3rd baseball title in 4 years

11:06 am Apr. 17, 2017

Blessed Trinity reached the state baseball finals each of the past three seasons, winning in 2014 and 2015. The current team sits No. 1 in Georgia’s Class AAAA and No. 16 nationally – the highest of any Georgia team – in MaxPreps’ computer rankings.

Blessed Trinity coach Andy Harlin can’t say which is the best of his recent powerhouse teams, but he says this one stands out for its speed and

No. 1 North Gwinnett rides veteran staff, youthful lineup to 21-1 start

9:56 am Apr. 5, 2017

North Gwinnett had a good baseball team last season but lost in the first round in the state playoffs and finished 18-10, then graduated 13 seniors, seven that were every-day starters and one that was a regular in the pitching rotation.

So how did it happen that North Gwinnett began this season 20-0 – the last undefeated team in Georgia until last week’s series split with Mill Creek – and sits