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BASEBALL ROUNDUP
  
Today, we recap Walton and Jefferson's Game 3 victories in Wednesday's semifinals. Follow scores, brackets and schedules for the remaining baseball playoffs HERE or visit the AJC's High School Sports Page. Also, download the free High School Scoring App for your mobile devise if you have not already for each day's schedule and live scoring of the state playoffs.  

 

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Trivia
Question: 
What Walton baseball player hit a 2-run homer to win Game 3?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!

Wednesday's Answer:
Kennesaw Mountain overcame a 3-0 deficit in the final in during Game 2 against Walton.

THURSDAY BASEBALL SCHEDULE

 

Semifnals (Game 3)

 

Class AAAAAA

 

(R5 #1) Walton 5, (R4 #2) Kennesaw Mountain 4

 

Class AAA

 

(R8 #2) Jefferson 5,  (R4 #2) Westminster 2

 

FINAL LACROSSE RANKINGS

 

 

BOYS

Class AAAAAA

1. Roswell
2. Pope
3. Lambert
4. Johns Creek
5. Centennial
6. North Gwinnett
7. Mill Creek
8. Etowah
9. Harrison

10. Northview

 

Class A-AAAAA

1. Westminster
2. Lovett
3. Allatoona
4. Cambridge
5. Greater Atlanta Christian
6. Marist
7. McIntosh
8. St. Pius
9. Wesleyan

10. Pace Academy

 

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

1. Milton
2. Walton
3. Lassiter
4. Chattahoochee
5. North Gwinnett
6. Mill Creek
7. West Forsyth
8. Pope
9. Northview

10. Harrison

 

Class A-AAAAA

1. Kell
2. Westminster
3. Cambridge
4. Blessed Trinity
5. Creekview
6. St. Pius
7. McIntosh
8. Sprayberry
9. Woodward Academy

10. Lovett


 

 

 


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WEDNESDAY BASEBALL ROUNDUP
By Craig Sager II

Walton shakes off Game 2 woes, rallies Game 3


 

Walton overcame a disappointing Game 2 defeat the previous night, by rallying for a 5-4 victory over visiting Kennesaw Mountain in Wednesday's decisive Game 3 and advancing

Photo by Shane Rikin

to the Class 6A state championship where they will host Parkview. In Game 2, Walton led 3-0 entering the bottom half of the final inning and saw Kennesaw Mountain rally for a 4-3 victory that ended on a wild pitch. In Game 3, however, it was the Raiders turn to pull off a dramatic comeback. Kennesaw Mountain led 4-3 entering the bottom of the 6th inning before Walton's Jason Rooks drove home the winning run with a 2-run homer. Chris Hummel pitched a complete game for Walton, earning the victory.

 

Class AAA

 

Jefferson 5, Westminster 2: This was Jefferson's fourth final four appearance but it was not until Wednesday's Game 3 against Westminster and seven clutch innings pitched with just one earned run by senior Jake Franklin, that the Dragons have finally advanced to the state championship for the first time in program history. At the plate, Franklin hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to help build a 3-0 lead. Westminster cut it to 3-1 in the top of the 4th inning, but Franklin and Hunter Thomas reached the bases in the bottom of the 5th inning and Ethan Garner popped to shallow right where Westminster's right fielder and second baseman collided and allowed the two to score on the error to make it 5-1. Jefferson will host defending champion Blessed Trinity in the finals on Saturday.

 

 


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OUTLOOK
By Kyle Sandy

History repeats itself with more future stars in GHSA finals


 

Major League Baseball players Jason Heyward, Jeff Francoeur and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas all have one thing in common: they were Georgia state champions in high school. The GHSA has grown some of the best talent in baseball over the years and with this season's batch some of the game's future stars may still be in the hunt fora high school title of their own. Frank Thomas has been the most decorated player to come out of the GHSA with a ring. 


 

The Big Hurt was inducted to the

Photo by Curtis Compton

Hall of Fame in 2014 after slugging 521 home runs and batting.301 with three different teams over his19-year career. Thomas was a standout at Columbus High School and batted cleanup for the 1984 state champion-ship team.  At 6-foot-5, Thomas was not only a star on the diamond where he hit .440 as a senior, but he was also a

 

All-State selection as a tight end in football and played on the basketball team. Jeff Francoeur had similar success at the high school level in multiple sports. Frenchy cemented himself as a legend at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia. He was an All-State defensive back, but his passion lied with baseball. Francoeur anchored the Panthers on their way to state championships in 2001 and 2002. As a junior he hit .500 with 20 homeruns, but it was his senior year when he truly became a folk hero with his heroics in the AAAAA championship. Francoeur crushed two homeruns in his final two games, both which broke late-innings ties before he would come on to close each game on the mound. In his last prep game, Francoeur blasted two homers, including a grand slam, to blow the game open and secure Parkview's second-straight title.

 


 
HEYWARD-POSEY RIVALRY ...


 

The most recent prospect to have won a state championship and nowstar in the majors is Jason Heyward.In the 2005 Class AAAAA state finals,Heyward and his Henry County teammet future NL MVP and three-timeWorld Series champion Buster Posey. Henry County would defeat Lee County. Though Heyward may have wonthe championship, Posey was a star ofhis own at both the plate and on themound during his senior year, batting.462 with a school record 14 homerswhile going a perfect 12-0 with a 1.06
 

ERA and 108 strikeouts. There is no shortage of talent remaining in this year's field. ClassAAAAAA's championship features some highly touted prospects out of Parkview: Austin Biggar (UGA), Daino Deas (Auburn) and Will Ethridge (Mississippi). Biggar is a junior catcher who leads the Panthers in RBIs with 44.Deas has been slick in the field and at the plate while compiling a team-high batting average of .431. Ethridge has been lights out with a 1.52 ERA and a perfect 12-0 record his junior season.

 

The Buford Wolves have dominated Class AAAA thanks to a roster loaded with high-major players. Brothers Nickand Austin Wilhite are juniors who have both pledged to play at Georgia Tech.Buford's battery is highlighted by catcher Joey Bart (GT), right-hander Connor Bennett (WVU) and lefties Jake Higginbotham (Clemson) and Justin Glover (UGA), all whom are likely to hear their names called in the MLB Draft some-time during their playing careers. Jahmai Jones highlights Class AA's Wesleyan Wolves. The UNC-signee has played second base and also in theoutfield and displays quick hands toturn on balls. He is already a plus-fielder with a bat that should advance him through the minors quickly. Wesleyan seeks its fourth-ever title as they play Darlington this weekend. 

 

 



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