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We hope you're having a wonderful weekend and cordially invite you to read today's SHSSN, in which we recap Saturday's baseball finals series and look ahead to today's games. See the left panel for Saturday's scores and today's schedule. 
 

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Baseball finals schedule
Baseball finals scores
AAAA finals recap
AAA finals recap
AA finals recap
AAAAAA final recap
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Question: 
When was the last time GAC won a baseball state title?

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Friday's Answer: 
Benedictine last won a state baseball title in 1961.
BASEBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
SCHEDULE

 

 

Monday, May 26 

 

Class AAAAAA

 

Lambert @ Milton

Game 3, 3 p.m.

 

 

Class AAAAA

 

Houston County @ Whitewater

Game 1, 3 p.m.

 

 
Class AAAA
 
Crisp County @ Carrollton
Game 3, 3 p.m.
 
 
Class AA
 
GAC @ Benedictine
Game 3, 1:30 p.m.
 
 
Tuesday, May 27
 
Class AAAAA
 
Houston County at Whitewater Game 3, 2 p.m. (if necessary)
 

 

 
SCORES 
from Saturday

 

BASEBALL

State Finals Series

 

Class AAAAAA

Lambert 2-1, Milton 1-5

 

Class AAAA

Carrollton 0-9, Crisp Co. 12-6

 

Class AAA

Blessed Trinity 2-3, C-ville 1-2

 

Class AA

Benedictine 1-7, GAC 3-2

 

 






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Monday, May 26, 2014


CLASS AAAA FINALS
By Craig Sager II
Trojans, Cougars will end long waits today

 

Carrollton (1962) and Crisp County (1961) have waited a combined 105

Photo courtesy of Crisp County HS

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 finished 1-for-2 at the plate and also reached the base after getting hit by a pitch.

 

In Game 2, Crisp County pitcher Stewart Tyler opened the game with eight straight balls but settled in and the two teams went scoreless into the third inning. Carrollton finally saw its first runs of the championship series in the third inning of Game 2 when Jackson Hesterlee drove in two RBI with a triple down the right-field line. Brandon Pedigo pushed the lead to 3-0 with his infield single.

 

Crisp County would battle back the next inning and reclaim the lead at 5-3. Witt Campbell opened the fourth with a single and advanced to third with a Landon Whitman single and a Carrollton fielding error. Logan Carter laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Campbell and Carrollton intentionally walked Walls, who had blasted the 3-run homer earlier in Game 1. The Trojans unintentionally walked Chris McGinnis, who was next at bat, and load the bases before Bradley Hough cleared the bags with a 3-RBI double. Devin Taylor doubled to drive in Hough and Crisp County was three innings away from the sweep with its 5-3 lead.

 

Tyler was on the mound for Crisp County to start the fifth inning and forced a Andrew Turner pop-out and struck out Mitch McLendon for the second out after allowing a Sam Turner single to open the inning. Carrollton's John Gaiter kept the inning alive and advanced Turner to third with a single. Crisp County made a pitching change and replaced Tyler with Carter and Carrollton would put four two-out runs in the inning to erase the deficit and take a 7-5 lead. Will Hesterlee doubled to drive in two of the four runs and Garrett drove in Hesterlee before Roury Glanton scored the final run of the inning on an error.

 

Game 3 will be today at 3 p.m. at Carrollton.


CLASS AAA FINALS 
By Stephen Black
Titans sweep away Canes to win title

 

Blessed Trinity won two games in extra innings at Cartersville to win the

Photo courtesy Blessed Trinity

Class AAA state championship Saturday. 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 eighth inning in Game 1 and then came on to pitch the final three outs of the game in a hostile road environment over the defending state champs. Ryan Young earned the win after pitching eight innings of one-run ball.

 

Game 2 was more of the same by Roberts, who came on to pitch two innings, then single home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-2 win. The Titans led 2-0 going into the seventh, but watched as the Purple Hurricanes rallied for two runs to send it to extra innings yet again. But Blessed Trinity would load the bases after a scoreless eighth to set up Roberts' heroics. Conor Davis got the win for Blessed Trinity.

 

Harlin attributed hard work and chemistry for the Titans' clutch play Saturday.

 

"It's the way they prepare," said Harlin of his team's late-game success. "This group really prepared. They got down to practice early and helped each other and when you have that chemistry, it's like having a superstar on your team."

 

It was the Titans' second baseball championship and first since 2006. Harlin was the coach of both teams and two of his current assistants were players on the last group of Blessed Trinity state champions.

 

CLASS AA FINALS 
By Stephen Black
GAC attempting to complete unlikely turnaround for outgoing coach

 

Photo courtesy GACS

 

Greater Atlanta Christian beat host Benedictine in Game 1, but fell short in Game 2 in the Class AA finals. The teams will play Game 3 today at 1:30 p.m.

 

GAC used a complete-game performance from senior pitcher Justin Lewis and homers by Connor Joseph and Wade Cox to win Game 1 3-1. 

 

The host Cadets rallied to win Game 2 7-2 after gaining an early 6-0 lead after three innings.

 

Cox's dinger broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to give GAC a 3-1 lead in the top of the inning. Lewis, who gave up just four hits, closed the game out and the Spartans guaranteed that at the end of the day, they would either be state champs or headed for a decisive Game 3.

 

"He had really good control," said outgoing GAC coach Cliff Shelton of Lewis' performance. "He kept them off balance. I mean, he just shut 'em down. Completely shut 'em down. If I had two guys like him, I'd be driving home tonight a happy man."

 

Benedictine, however, roared to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2 and a 6-0 edge after three in evening the series. The Cadets profited from two homers by sophomore Chipper Wiley and erratic pitching by GAC early in the game.

 

"We just couldn't find the strike zone," said Shelton of his team's early deficit in Game 2. "We just didn't get it done pitching."

 

GAC overcame a fourth-place finish in region play to make the finals series. Coming out of such a competitive region was beneficial to the Spartans in the long run.

 

"Our approach was, once we saw we were going to struggle in the region, we need these teams to make us better," said Shelton of his team's fourth-place finish in ultra-tough Region 6. "When you have to play the Lovett's, Wesleyan's and Westminster's and play them 12 (total) times, it's going to make you better."

 

Despite struggling throughout much of the regular season, the Spartans have won 13 of their last 16 games. The streak began almost exactly when Shelton was fired before the final week of the regular season. Since then, GAC has been on a mission.

 

"They fired me, but they fired the team as well," said Shelton of his termination as baseball coach (he will continue to teach at GAC). "They're incredibly motivated and they're playing great as a unit. There's no selfish attitudes on this team."

 

Shelton has been GAC's head baseball coach for 32 years and this is his fifth finals appearance. Ironically, the coach he replaced won the 1982 state championship the year before Shelton took over.

 

In today's rubber game Shelton will start semifinals-hero Ben Childers, who pitched a complete game in Game 3 of the Westminster series.

 


CLASS AAAAAA FINALS 
Defending champion Milton, top-ranked Lambert head to deciding Game 3

 

 

After two low-scoring games, No. 1 Lambert and defending state champion

Photo by Duane Farkas

Milton will play a deciding Game 3 at 3 p.m. today at Milton.

 

The visiting Longhorns won Game 1 after a complete-game win by pitcher J.D. Dutka. Tucker Maxwell drove in Dutka with the game-winning run in the top of the seventh.

 

Game 2 was marked by Milton pitcher Alex Schnell tossing a complete-game in a 5-1 win by the Eagles. Dalton Ewing, Alex Miller and Erik Peterson each had RBIs for the Eagles.

 

The time for Monday's rubber match has not yet been announced.

Click here for more on the Lambert-Milton series from our partners at the AJC.

 


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Allen University all conference player, Camden High S.C. high school coach, Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, professor at Benedict College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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