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AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Final baseball rankings

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

State champions top each classification in the baseball season’s final set of rankings. Lambert, Houston County and King’s Ridge Christian each won their first baseball state titles while Carrollton, Blessed Trinity, Benedictine and Charlton County each won their second state titles.


1. Lambert

2. Milton

3. Parkview

4. Johns Creek

5. Walton

6. Kennesaw Mountain

7. Coffee

8. Luella

9. Mill Creek

10. Valdosta


1. Houston County

2. Whitewater

3. Greenbrier

4. Gainesville

5. Loganville

6. North Paulding

7. Starr’s Mill

8. Stephenson

9. East Paulding

10. Harris County


1. Carrollton

2. Crisp County

3. Veterans

4. Alexander

5. Walnut Grove

6. Wayne County

7. Lanier

8. Marist

9. Redan

10. Columbus


1. Blessed Trinity

2. Cartersville

3. Buford

4. Hart County

5. Pike County

6. Pierce County

7. St. Pius X

8. North Hall

9. Callaway

10. Ringgold


1. Benedictine

2. [More]

Houston County edges Whitewater for Class AAAAA championship

  • 7:39 pm Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

With his team down 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 3 of the Class AAAAA State Final Series, bases loaded, two out, three-two count and fans from both sides of the stadium going berserk, Houston County centerfielder Hunt Smith stepped out of the batter’s box and looked like the Bear that ate the canary.

He stepped back in a hammered the next pitch high and deep over the scoreboard in right field.  The grand slam, which he celebrated with a 10-foot-high bat flip, provided the margin of victory for Houston County, as the Bears held off an [More]

Whitewater, Houston County need Game 3 to decide Class AAAAA championship

  • 11:14 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Whitewater and Houston County split the first two games of the Class AAAAA Final series, with each team winning in its last at-bat, and will play a deciding Game 3, Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m.) in Fayetteville.

In Game 2, Houston County staved off elimination, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to claim an 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Whitewater jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of a five-run second inning. The Wildcats took advantage of a walk and an error in the inning, but also got five hits, including a two-run double by freshman Tyler Doanes [More]

Lambert beats Milton 2-1 to win AAAAAA baseball title

  • 6:57 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Kyle McCann blooped a two-out single over third base with two outs in the fifth inning, driving in pinch-runner Jarrett Wright with what would be the winning run as Lambert outlasted Milton 2-1 in the deciding game of the Class AAAAAA baseball championship series Monday at Milton.

The victory gave Lambert (36-2), ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today, the first baseball title in the program’s five-year history. Milton, which won the championship in 2013 and was seeking its fourth title, finished 28-9.

Lambert came into the series averaging more than nine runs per game but was limited to a total of [More]

Benedictine wins first baseball title since 1961

  • 6:22 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Benedictine won Game 3 of the Class AA state finals Monday in Savannah 7-2 after a 5-run sixth inning put the Cadets ahead for good. A solo home run by junior Brad Stewart gave host Benedictine a 3-2 lead and the Cadets added four more to take an insurmountable lead.

After a two-hour rain delay, sophomore Chase Marini homered in the first inning for Benedictine, which led 1-0. Greater Atlanta Christian, however, plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 edge. Stewart scored in the fourth inning on an RBI single by sophomore Ryan Woiwode to [More]

Carrollton shuts down Crisp County to claim Class AAAA state title

  • 5:47 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Carrollton lost Game 1 of the Class AAAA finals series 12-0 to Crisp County, but rallied Monday afternoon to win Game 3 2-0 to clinch the program’s first baseball state title since 1962.

“It feels wonderful,” said Carrollton coach Ryan Zaideman. “We just have a special school, a special community, a special administration and an excellent group of young men and assistant coaches.”

After the Game 1 rout, many had left the Trojans for dead. But Zaideman was not surprised that his team shrugged off the loss and won two straight.

“This is a resilient group,” said Zaideman. “We’ve had a couple games like [More]

Baseball: Houston County seeks first state title to bolster Warner Robins’ baseball tradition

  • 9:15 pm Sunday, May 25th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Baseball in Houston County became nationally known in 2007, when Warner Robins American Little League won World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

On Monday, Houston County will try to become the first high school team school from the county to win a state championship since Perry in 1991.

The Bears – who travel to Whitewater for the Class AAAAA final on Monday – couldn’t be more prepared. The team has seven starters who were members of the three Warner Robins Little League teams that have played in the World Series since 2007.

‘’A lot of these kids have played on bigger stages than [More]

Blessed Trinity wins Class AAA state title

  • 10:03 pm Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Blessed Trinity won two games in extra innings at Cartersville to win the Class AAA state championship today. Junior Cody Roberts drove in the game-winning run in both games while picking up the save to preserve a 2-1 win in the series opener.

“He’s been lights out,” said Titans coach Andy Harlin of Roberts’ Game 1 performance. “(Roberts) has been our closer all year long. He caught the game, too. He’ll come to me and say, ‘I’m good, Coach.’ When you give him the ball (to pitch), you feel pretty safe.”

Roberts singled home junior Chris Seibert in the top of the [More]

Lambert, Milton heading to Game 3 in AAAAAA baseball championship series

  • 9:48 pm Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by Chip Saye

A Lambert offense that was averaging more than nine runs per game coming into the Class AAAAAA baseball championship series was held to three runs in the first two games Saturday at Milton.

The Longhorns (35-2) managed just enough offense in the opener to escape with a 2-1 victory, but they had a tougher time against Milton’s Alex Schnell in the second game and lost 5-1.

That left the best-of-three series tied at one game each and heading to a decisive Game 3 at 3 p.m. Monday at Milton. Lambert, ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today, is seeking the first baseball [More]

Carrollton rallies to force Game 3

  • 8:54 pm Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Crisp County 12-6, Carrollton 0-9:

Carrollton (1962) and Crisp County (1961) have waited a combined 105 years since their last state titles and the two programs will have to wait until Monday to determine the 2014 Class AAAA state champion in the winner-take-all Game 3. Visiting Crisp County opened a 6-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1 with Taylor Walls’ 3-run homer. Walls also took the mound for the Cougars and did quick work as Crisp County completed the mercy–rule victory in under an hour. Devin Taylor sealed the Game 1 with a 2-RBI single in the fifth and [More]