Baseball: Tuesday semifinals roundup

By Stephen Black and Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

AAAAAA

Milton 10, Parkview 0: Pitcher Alex Schnell tossed a complete-game shutout for the Eagles, who made the finals for the first time since 2004. Parkview, the 2-time defending state champion, was held to one hit in a game that was halted in the sixth inning. Dylan Cease’s 2-run homer gave the Eagles the final scoring margin and allowed the mercy rule to take effect. Milton jumped all over Parkview in the first inning with a 7-run outburst. Milton advances to play rival Roswell in the state finals series.

Roswell 7, Walton 6: Syd Hopkins doubled to drive in two runs in the third inning to put visiting Roswell ahead 2-0. Lawson Dunkin had an RBI double in the fourth making it 3-0 Hornets. Walton cut it to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning, but Hopkins hit his second two-bagger of the game and sparked a four-run fifth inning that resulted in a 7-2 Roswell lead. With a two-out rally and a Chase Burks two-run homer, Walton cut the lead to 7-6 heading into the seventh inning. Roswell’s last state title came in 1986.

AAAAA

Pope 7, Starr’s Mill 6: Starr’s Mill’s Garrison Elliot hit a 2-run single to tie the game at 5 and force extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, Starr’s Mill had a runner on second base with no outs when lightning forced a delay. Play resumed and the Panthers loaded the bases and scored the go-ahead run off of a balk by Pope’s Braden Zarbnisky. In the bottom of the inning, Patrick Wiseman drove in Jared Parker to make it 6-6 and Lowe singled in Wiseman to clinch a walk-off win.

AAAA

Redan 3, Troup County 2: Troup County took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Jacob Ozley’s RBI double. In the bottom of the sixth, Redan grabbed its first lead of the game after sophomore Bakari Gayle drove in the go-ahead run. Redan’s starting pitcher, Darian Osby, went six scoreless innings after giving up two in the first. Troup threatened in the final inning, but Osby forced a fly ball to leftfield that was secured by Gayle for the final out, sending Redan to its first state championship.

AAA

North Hall 4, Blessed Trinity 0: North Hall’s Colton Duttweiler and Preston Graham combined to toss a 2-hit shutout in Game 3. The Trojans opened the scoring in the fifth inning on a Blessed Trinity wild pitch. North Hall added three runs in the sixth inning, including two on a home run by Stephen Murray. North Hall clinched its first trip to the state championship.

AA

Lovett 7-2, Benedictine 1-3: Pitcher Mitch Stallings went the distance for Lovett in Game 1, striking out 10 and giving up five hits. The Lions were led at the plate by Grant Haley (2-for-4, one RBI), Sean Reagan (1-for-3, solo homer) and Nick Boden (1-for-3, 2-run homer). Benedictine scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning when Brad Stewart scored on a single by Chipper Wiley. In a losing effort, Lovett’s Pearce Howell pitched a complete game and struck out 14. Game 3 will be played Wednesday.

Westminster 5, Pepperell 1: The Wildcats earned the sweep on the strength of a complete game by pitcher Conrad Cornell, who struck out five, gave up five hits and one unearned run. Visiting Westminster got on the board in the third on a 2-run single by Nelson Douglas. McClain Bradley had a RBI single in the fourth and Jake Johnson singled in a run in the fifth. Johnson added two stolen bases. Bradley Adams drove in Pepperell’s only run. The Wildcats will attempt to win their first baseball state title since 1975. It would be their 12th state championship of this school year.

14 comments Add your comment

North Fulton Fan

May 21st, 2013
9:50 pm

Pitching wins championships. Milton is loaded and Parkview found out the hard way. Game three starter almost threw a no hitter in 10-0 Milton win.milton vs rival on Saturday for state title.

Max Sizemore

May 22nd, 2013
6:49 am

Is Darian Osby related to that Osby clan which was so good at Cedar Grove 25-30 years ago? There was a Patrick Osby, and at least one more.

AAAA Fan

May 22nd, 2013
8:36 am

Looking forward to the Region 6AAAA Marist / Redan rematch. Should be interesting..Marist leads the series 3-1 this year. A baseball championship would be Marist’s 8th of the 2012-2013 school year. Not bad for a true AA school playing up to AAAA!

El Oso Blanco

May 22nd, 2013
8:54 am

Where is the Milton/Roswell final taking place?

Laughing Out Loud

May 22nd, 2013
9:49 am

From the Sidelines

May 22nd, 2013
12:42 pm

AAAA Fan student populations shouldn’t matter when it comes to classifications with private schools since they can recruit kids. I know because mine was approach by two. Marist has the pick of the litter across North Georgia.

From the Stands

May 22nd, 2013
2:27 pm

“Marist has the pick of the litter across North Georgia.” Really — then name one pitcher on the current Marist baseball team who is likely to be drafted from high school, because “the litter across North Georgia” has several.

LakeDawg

May 22nd, 2013
2:28 pm

Nort Hall beat Blessed Trinity, which beat Marist, Redan, and Roswell. All of which are in the finals of their respective class.

Silver Creek Dawg

May 22nd, 2013
3:13 pm

Lovett beats BC 9-2 to advance to the AA finals.

Guido

May 23rd, 2013
7:18 am

Really terrible coverage of the playoffs by the AJC. Do you guys not know what a hotbed of prep baseball this area is?

WOW

May 23rd, 2013
8:10 am

From the Sidelines, you must be from the nut house… I am surely not a Marist fan but have seen them play this year and they are actually down from the past few years. I didn’t see this pick of the litter across N Ga that you know so well. Those kids work hard and have gone a lot further than I ever expected to see them go.

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May 23rd, 2013
8:58 am

Marist plays up to avoid the other private schools like Buford, Lovett, St. Pius and Wesleyan! They beat up on Dekalb County Schools in every sport because they can out coach 80% of all the talent that Dekalb has!

Oh Silly Rabbitt

May 23rd, 2013
11:39 am

If Marist did not play up and instead played in its true classification (AA), then it would not be in the same classification as Buford or SPX. (And in any event, Buford’s baseball team is nothing much.) And yes, Marist did schedule non-region games against Parkview, Brookwood, Columbus, and Greenbrier just to avoid having to play Wesleyan! Good luck to Marist in its game against DeKalb’s Redan, another Region 6AAAA team.

joe

May 23rd, 2013
1:30 pm

Anyone seen that HS pitcher Mike Hunt? Everyone wants Mike Hunt on their team…