Baseball: Columbia clinches rare postseason berth

By Score Atlanta

Columbia swept Carver-Atlanta Tuesday in the Region 6-AAAA baseball tournament to clinch a state playoff berth for the first time since 2003. The Eagles improved to 18-3-2 after winning Game 1 13-0 and Game 2 17-4. Columbia will be the region’s No. 3 seed in the playoffs. … No. 2 Marist won the Region 6-AAAA tournament title with a 14-2 victory in Game 3 of its series with No. 5 Redan. The War Eagles had to win Games 2 and 3 to take the series after dropping Game 1 9-2. In the series opener, Redan pitcher Brandon Baker, a Missouri signee, threw a 5-hit complete game shutout, while Georgia-signee Wesley Jones was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a homer for the Raiders. In Game 2, Marist pitcher Sean Guenther tossed a complete-game 4-hitter with seven strikeouts in a 4-1 War Eagles win. Patrick Sullivan hit a run-scoring triple, while Chris McGrath connected on an inside-the-park homer for the War Eagles. … No 1 McEachern clinched the Region 4-AAAAAA title with a 6-4 win over Kennesaw Mountain Wednesday. Sam Stevens had a 2-run single for the Indians. … Lambert beat Class AAAAAA No. 3 Johns Creek 11-10 Thursday after Tucker Maxwell drove in Trey Logan in the top of the ninth to give the Longhorns the lead. Maxwell finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs and the game-winning RBI. His brother, Brock, earned the win on the mound while also going 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a homer at the plate. Lambert used 10 pitchers in the game. … Class AAAAA No. 3 Loganville won four games in the past week, two each against Clarke Central and Heritage-Conyers. Georgia-signee Clint Frazier had a homer and four RBIs in Game 2 against Clarke Central, a 12-1 win, and a homer and two RBIs in Game 1 versus Heritage. Kyle Hall, meanwhile, homered and had two RBIs in Game 1 against Clarke Central and a double and two RBIs in Game 2 against Heritage. … Class AA No. 3 Westminster got a complete-game 1-hitter from Hays Meyer who struck out six batters in a 7-0 win over Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday. In an 8-3 win Thursday over the Spartans, Westminster had a 5-run second inning to help junior Conrad Cornell pick up the win on the mound. … With its 9-6 win over Hillgrove Wednesday, Harrison clinched a playoff berth out of Region 4. Cole Austin was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Hoyas. … No. 5 Walton beat Lassiter 8-0 Wednesday behind Bradley Schwartz, who was 2-for-4 at the plate and threw a complete-game shutout on the mound. … No. 6 Dunwoody swept North Atlanta 3-0 and 4-2 to win the Region 6-AAAAA tournament Wednesday. Pitcher Ryan Gaines upped his record to 7-1 with a Game 1 victory, while Josh Shailer earned the decision in Game 2 to improve his record to 5-0. … Class AAAAAA No. 7 Mill Creek clinched the top seed for the playoffs out of Region 7 with a 3-0 win over Peachtree Ridge Monday. The Hawks then clinched the region championship outright Wednesday after an 8-5 triumph over Norcross.

12 comments Add your comment

fan atl

April 26th, 2013
8:32 pm

Metro Coach

April 28th, 2013
9:43 am

Again, is it really that hard to break this up into paragraphs so that its at least partially ledgible?

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2013
11:28 am

I concur @Metro Coach – I thought the article was about Columbia’s baseball team but seems the writer crammed everything into one big mess!

BaseballTopFan(c)

April 28th, 2013
3:59 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to the Columbia Eagles baseball team !!!

Columbia has a great basketball team and now the baseball team is winning.

The Eagles have a terrific high school sports program.

Baseball Top Fan wish you good luck and success.

Billbo Baggins

April 29th, 2013
8:53 am

finally realized that what the ajc and scoreAtlanta do to get their info that is posted on-line. they follow the schools tweets and use that info to post in their online write-ups. that is why it seems like it is just a stream of random thought.

Decatur 4 Life

April 30th, 2013
8:23 am

Finally some recognition, first off let me say big up to my Columbia Eagles’ baseball team for getting back to post season play been a long time coming. We’ve always had a long rich baseball tradition for a long time even when I played in the early to mid 90’s with playoff appearances and numerous players drafted to the MLB draft, matter of fact that was our last state playoff win in 94′. We’ve been on the right track the past 10 years just couldn’t get over the hump plus we were in tough regions with the likes of Marist, St, Pius, Woodward Academy and Riverwood to name a few. In the last 8 seasons we’ve only had 2 years where we were under .500, we win 15-16 ball games a year out of 26. Just happy to see someone is noticing Columbia baseball even if it wasn’t a whole paragraph.

Just The Facts

April 30th, 2013
2:39 pm

AJC leaves much to be desired. Starr’s Mill wins Region 4-AAAAA on the last day of the regular season (Wed) against their rival, Whitewater, who were ranked 4th(WW) & 5th(SM) in the state at time in probably the toughest region in the next largest classification in the state and not a peep of coverage!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead we report on Columbia. Who cares???????????? A sophomore pitcher who is committed to UGA went the distance on the mound on short notice for the win for Starr’s Mill. Get a clue AJC as to who you’re readers are and who are the stronger baseball programs. Go Panthers!!!! I may bag my subscription the at the next renewal.

Hardball

April 30th, 2013
7:38 pm

Columbia, Redan and Marist all look good. Saw Marist play last week… Catcher is a stud and I hear they are pretty young. Those kids play hard and play the game the right way Good luck to all in the playoffs

Decatur 4 Life

May 1st, 2013
8:41 am

Just The Facts

Good make sure you cancel your subscription, I’m sure the local paper in Peachtree City gives great coverage for Starr’s Mill. Get that paper instead!!! Good win and good luck to the Panthers but don’t hate on teams inside the perimeter that are doing well also, we might say who care about Starr’s Mill.

Just The Facts

May 3rd, 2013
8:10 am

Decatur 4 Life

Hate is the most exaggerated & overused word in blogs & by the media today. Nobody is hating anyone. The AJC is just doing what they do. Enjoy the political winds while they are blowing your way. They won’t last forever just like certain teams won’t in the playoffs but good luck to Columbia. It was a nice read for a few folks I’m sure. Want to make a wager as to who lasts longer in the playoffs? Starr’s Mill, Whitewater or Columbia? Hmmmm……

Decatur 4 Life

May 3rd, 2013
8:44 am

Just The Facts

C’mon man really? Anytime you say who cares about Columbia because you don’t feel your Starr’s Mill team doesn’t get enough AJC coverage, that’s hatin! Bottom line. “Enjoy the political winds while they are blowing your way”, you must don’t get on the AJC website often because we get coverage all the time maybe not for baseball recently but plenty in other sports. The fact is the articles really wasn’t about just us and you still made comments saying who cares about Columbia, well who cares about Starr’s Mill? This is the first time they’ve made it passed the region playoffs in how many years, while you’re worrying about who will stay in the playoffs the longest your focus better be Lee Co. they’re always a solid team. My turn to say Hmmmmmmmm….
I’m sure the Peachtree City newspaper will have a good informative article on yall though…lol

Just The Facts

May 3rd, 2013
2:26 pm

Decatur 4 Life

Last post for me but here it goes. Hate is not a word to be used to discuss high school baseball. The Boston Bombing at the marathon that’s hate. This is DISAGREEMENT. Like I said hate word WAY overused particularly by the liberals. Starr’s Mill makes the playoffs every year. Made it to the state FINALS in 2009 & lost to a DIVSION RIVAL WITHIN their REGION which goes back to my point on Region strength. In 2006 SM was ranked # 1 in the nation at 26 & 0 before a rash of injuries at playoff time. My point was Columbia is not thought of as a baseball powerhouse which you seem to agree with by saying the AJC covers them in other sports they are good at. That was the point giving them coverage in a sport no one thinks of them as a powerhouse instead of covering the consistently strong BASEBALL schools & regions. Lastly brush up on that English & your facts before your next post. Good luck in the playoffs.