Baseball playoffs reach semifinals

Parkview resumes its pursuit of a third straight state championship in baseball on Monday when the state playoffs start the semifinal round.

Here is a closer look at each classification as high school sports enters its final week in the 2012-13 academic year. Each playoff round is a best-of-three series starting with a double-header.

AAAAAA – Parkview, led by Josh Hart (.446) and Jarrett Hood (.389, 11 HR), is trying to become the first school to win three straight titles in the highest class since Evans (1988-1990). Parkview plays Milton, the champion of strong Region 5, which also delivered Walton and Roswell to the semis. This will be the 10th straight season that the champ in the highest class has come from Cobb, North Fulton or Gwinnett.

AAAAA – Starr’s Mill and Whitewater give Fayette County two chances to win a state title. No Fayette County school has won a state title in baseball since Fayette County High in 1964. Starr’s Mill, the Region 4 winner, knocked out 2012 state champion Loganville in a quarterfinal sweep but now must travel to Region 7 champ Pope, a state champ in 2007. Whitewater plays Greenbrier, a No. 4 seed with a history of five state championships, most recently in 2007.

AAAA – Marist, a winner of 12 state baseball titles, finds itself in the semifinals with three other schools that have not won state baseball state titles in the past 50 years. But Marist must travel to Region 1 champion Crisp County, which has won only one state title in any sport in its history – baseball in 1961. Redan and Troup, the other semifinal teams, have swept all three of their playoff series, five of them on the road.

AAA – With five state titles won since 2001, Cartersville is the heavyweight here, but Blessed Trinity has won 19 straight games against Georgia opponents. Cartersville plays St. Pius, which was third in Blessed Trinity’s Region 6. Blessed Trinity travels to Region 7 champion North Hall (30-3), which has homefield advantage the rest of the way.

AA – Two Buckhead rivals Region 6 must go on the road, Lovett to Benedictine in Savannah and Westminster to Pepperell in Rome. Westminster has won every Class AA championship possible this spring with sweeps of boys and girls titles in track and field, soccer and tennis. Only golf and baseball remain. (Westminster also won boys lacrosse, which is played in a combined AAAA-A classification.)

A – Gordon Lee will play Charlton County on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the Class A public final. The teams split two games on Saturday. The Class A private champion is Eagle’s Landing Christian, which swept a two-game series with Mount Paran Christian on Saturday.

Semifinal matchups:

AAAAAA: Milton at Parkview, Roswell vs. Walton

AAAAA: Greenbrier at Whitewater, Starr’s Mill at Pope

AAAA: Troup at Redan, Marist at. Crisp County

AAA: St. Pius at Cartersville, Blessed Trinity at North Hall

AA: Lovett at Benedictine, Westminster at Pepperell

8 comments Add your comment

bigdaddy

May 20th, 2013
3:49 pm

time to bring back the 1.5 multiplier for private schools. and also apply some sort of multiplier to city schools with open enrollment.

JLH...

May 20th, 2013
6:27 pm

Hey bigdaddy, Marist already plays up TWO classifications. They are a AA school playing a AAAA schedule. However, I agree that Lovett and Westminster should play at east a AAA schedule. Guess they are afraid of the bigger and better competition?

Think that I saw a few years back that Sports Illustrated had Marist ranked #15 in the USA for overall high school sports. That’s sounds about right. Certainly they are number one in GA, for sure!

Since the spring of 1977…Marist had played for the state championship in Baseball a remarkable 21 times. That means 21 out of the last 36 seasons. They have won 12 titles in that span, and finished second nine times. Just a helluva program! Good young players just gravitate to Marist! Have for many years now…

JLH...

May 20th, 2013
6:28 pm

That would be…least, not east. Hard to type when you have been in the ground as long as I have :)

CrispoJones

May 20th, 2013
9:06 pm

Used to be Marist. Check your stats…it’s St. Pius now.

JLH...

May 20th, 2013
11:08 pm

Keep on having that wet dream CrispoJones…Pius can’t hold Marist jock! Blessed Trinity is superior to you now and how long have they been around? Not very long…

JLH...

May 20th, 2013
11:44 pm

Oh…Marist won AAAA golf Monday, posting an unheard of team score that totaled under par (red numbers for you Pius kitty’s). And the Baseball team traveled 160+ miles Monday and swept Crisp County in Cordele. And how did St. Pius do against Cartersville? Ugh, believe they lost a doubleheader on Monday! Yes, Marist will be playing for the State Championship this Saturday…the 22nd time out of the last 36 seasons. St.Pius, or more specifically, CrispoJones…jealousy (envy) is one of the seven deadly sins. Not good :) And before anyone retorts that I am showing too much hubris, no…no, I acknowledge that Blessed Trinity is a great program…that it has achieved its elite status, remarkable considering it had only been around about 20% as long as Pi Hi. But, I will give Pius it’s due, for a parochial school, it is above average!

Gus Hall

May 21st, 2013
10:10 am

Pope won their state title in 2009…….not 2007.

missed the cut off man again !

May 21st, 2013
10:48 am

Pius dropped the ball when they let the baseball coach go from Pius to BT. (Good for BT bad for Pius.) Guess he went so he could have a baseball field and Pius never had one.
@JLH you need to get on the other baseball coverage link I am sure you can get more reaction there.