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Benedictine, Carrollton and Lambert won Game 3s yesterday to claim baseball state championships. Read recaps of these games below as well as information on the Houston County-Whitewater series, which will conclude today at 2 p.m.

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State Finals Series



Lambert 2, Milton 1

Lambert wins state title



Houston County 6-8, Whitewater 8-7

Game 3 today at 2 p.m.


Class AAAA

Carrollton 2, Crisp Co. 0

Carrollton wins state title


Class AA

Benedictine 7, GAC 2

Benedictine wins state title



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

By Stephen Black
Trojans shut down Crisp County in Game 3


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 that this year. They always rebound well. We just refocused ourselves and really just played against ourselves, against Carrollton. We just needed to handle our own business."


The starter of Saturday's Game 1, senior Tucker Reynolds, bounced back to toss four innings of scoreless ball and earn the win after relieving starter Cooper Criswell in the fourth inning. The pair combined to allow just five hits to a Cougars offense that had scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series.


"He was lights out today," said Zaideman of Reynolds' effort. "Both he and Cooper Criswell did an excellent job on the mound keeping Crisp off balance and keeping them guessing."


The host Trojans scored both runs in the fifth inning when senior Will Hesterlee knocked in sophomore Mitch McLendon with a two-strike single. Hesterlee was later plated on a single by sophomore Roury Glanton.


By Stephen Black
Cadets use five-run inning to win AA title


Benedictine won Game 3 of the Class AA state finals Monday in Savannah

Photo courtesy Benedictine Military School

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 tie it up.


Junior pitcher Al Pesto, a Duke commitment, earned the win with a complete-game performance.


It is the first baseball state championship for Benedictine since 1961. The Cadets defeated three straight Region 6 teams in the final three rounds of the playoffs.


The Spartans, whose outgoing coach Cliff Shelton was fired weeks ago, was denied its first baseball championship since 1982.


By Stephen Black
Lambert wins first-ever state title


Lambert edged defending state champion Milton 2-1 in Game 3 of the Class

Photo by Whitney Reddin

AAAAAA state championship series today in Alpharetta. Sophomore catcher Kyle McCann singled in Jarrett Wright in the fifth inning for the game-winning run.


Milton led 1-0 until the fourth inning when junior Will Dunavant singled in McCann to tie the game. The Eagles scored first in the third inning on a wild pitch when Steven Curry scored on a wild pitch.


It is Lambert's first state title in program history.

Click here to read more about the Lambert-Milton series from our partners at the AJC.


Houston Co., Whitewater head to Game 3



Houston County 6-8, Whitewater 8-7: 

Photo by Georgia Bennett Photography

Visiting Houston County erased a 6-0 deficit in Game 2 on Monday to force a winner-take-all Game 3 for the Class AAAAA

title. In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied 7-7, Houston County senior Justin Jones singled up the gap to plate the game winner following four consecutive walks that had tied the game. 


The matchup between Houston County and Whitewater was the only state championship series this year that featured two teams that have never won state titles before.


In Game 1, Whitewater had to rally for the victory and used seven runs in the final two innings, including a walk-off three-run homer by Taylor Turner to give the Wildcats an 8-6 win. 







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