Pope's Josh Lowe makes the throw from third to first during the first game against Walton in the Class AAAAAA baseball championship in Marietta May 21, 2016.   (Jonathan Phillips/Special to AJC)

2016 Final Baseball Rankings

3:39 pm May. 25, 2016

Classes A-Private, AA, AAAA and AAAAA all saw thrilling three game series to wrap up the high school season. In Class AAAAAA, Walton’s star-studded lineup was powered by Georgia Tech-commit Jason Rooks who smashed two homers and drove in five runs in Game 1. Jason Avers clinched the state title with a dramatic walk-off 2-run single to cap a 5-4 comeback over Pope.

Houston County dominated in Game 3 against Loganville

AAAAA Baseball: Houston County cruises to second title in three years

8:33 pm May. 24, 2016

Houston County captured its second state title and first since 2014 with a dominating 12-0 run-ruling of Loganville. Houston County’s Tanner Hall was masterful in his five-inning shutout. The Armstrong Atlantic State-commit allowed one hit while striking out six and walking three.

The Bears’ bruising offense mustered nine hits and eight walks while the Red Devils committed two costly errors.

Tony Locey got the scoring started with a double to score Tyler Flewellyn

AAAA baseball: Locust Grove wins title

11:42 pm May. 23, 2016

With their championship hopes on the line, Locust Grove coach Stephen Phillips didn’t think twice about sending senior Christian Young to the mound for the decisive game. The left-hander responded with five strong innings and

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AAAAA baseball: Loganville forces Game 3 with Houston County

10:02 pm May. 23, 2016

On the brink of elimination, Loganville followed its 7-3 loss in Game 1 of its Class AAAAA state championship double-header at Houston County with a 4-1 victory in Game 2.

In the opener, Houston County fell behind 3-0 after Loganville plated three runs in the top of the second inning. Houston County’s Blake Dawson hit an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 3-1. After three

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Baseball state playoff schedule/scores

8:54 pm May. 23, 2016

Baseball

Finals

Tuesday, May 24

Class AAAAA

Houston County vs. Loganville

Monday, May 23

Class AAAAA

Houston County 7-1, Loganville 3-4

Class AAAA

Locust Grove 3, Buford 1

Class AA

Wesleyan 12-4, Lovett 2-5

Saturday, May 21

Class AAAAAA

Walton 11-5, Pope 1-4

Class AAAA

Buford 3-2, Locust Grove 2-4

Class AAA

Westminster 2, Blessed Trinity 1

Class AA

Lovett 4, Wesleyan 2

Semifinals

Game 3

Wednesday, May 18

Class AAAAA

R8 #3 Loganville 5, R3 #2 South Effingham 3

Semifinals

Monday, May 16, Game 3’s if nec. May 17

Class AAAAAA

R5 #1 Pope 7-8, R4 #2 Harrison

Class AAA Baseball: Westminster sweeps past Blessed Trinity, 2-1 and 7-6

11:51 pm May. 21, 2016

Westminster won its first game during this season’s Class AAA playoff run, 7-6 over Pierce County. The Wildcats ended their season with another 7-6 win, this one in Game 2 of the championship final against Blessed Trinity, to give the Wildcat program its third state title in baseball, but its first since 1975.

Westminster swept its way through the state tournament. But while its margin of victory in wins over Pierce

AAAAAA baseball: Walton sweeps Pope

9:04 pm May. 21, 2016

Jason Avers drove in two runs with a walkoff, one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to give Walton a 5-4 victory over Pope and a two-game sweep of the best-of-three Class AAAAAA baseball

AAAA baseball: Buford-Locust Grove split

4:58 pm May. 21, 2016

Locust Grove got a clutch pitching performance from freshman Nolan Crisp to help the Wildcats defeat Buford 4-2, earn a split of the Class AAAA championship double-header and force a deciding third game.

Buford (32-4) won the first game 3-2, but Locust Grove (32-5-1) prevailed in the second game. The deciding game will be played Monday at Buford’s McQuaig Field at 5:55 p.m.

Crisp, a right-hander who has already verbally committed to

2A-6A Baseball State Championships Preview

10:10 am May. 20, 2016

By Score Atlanta

All eyes will be on a pair of two-time state champions as Region 5 foes Walton (30-4) and Pope (28-6) do battle in the Class AAAAAA finals. Pope edged Walton for the No. 1 seed coming out of the state’s toughest region with a 14-2 mark while the Raiders finished 13-3. The two squads split during the regular season with Pope winning at Walton 16-1 and the Raiders