AAAAAA baseball championship: Roswell, Milton headed for decisive Game 3

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Memorial Day baseball will decide the AAAAAA state championship.
In a battle of Fulton County rivals, Roswell took Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, 1-0, behind a dominating outing by starter Connor Johnstone.
Milton rebounded in Game 2, getting clutch two-out RBI singles from Dalon Farkas and Nick Bradshaw and a strong outing from starter Dylan Cease in a 5-3 win.
The decisive Game 3 will be played Monday at Milton. The Hornets will be looking first their first state title in baseball since 1986. The Eagles last won a state title in 2004.
Johnstone threw a complete-game two-hit shutout in the first game. Johnstone, a Wake Forest commitment, struck out five with no walks. He retired 13 straight during one stretch and ended the game by snatching a liner from Alec Cease and doubling off Dalton Ewing at first.
Alex Dickerson’s RBI single scored Drew Davis in the first inning for the game’s only run.
An overflow crowd created a raucous atmosphere, with fans sitting on top of outfield fences and the dugouts, trying to catch a peek.
Cease picked up the win in Game 2, striking out 12 in six innings.
Milton scored two in the first inning of Game 2, with Sean Ryan Brophy and Dalton Ewing delivering RBI singles.
Roswell answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Alex Dickerson’s RBI ground out scored Matt Meeder.
The Eagles tacked on a run in the fifth. Sean Ryan Brophy tripled and later scored on a wild pitch to extend the Milton to 3-1.
Roswell tied the game in the fifth, with Drew Davis and Syd Hopkins coming up with RBI singles.
But Farkas and Bradshaw came through in the sixth inning, rifling singles off of Roswell starter Austin Krzeminski.
Milton won both meetings between the Region 5 rivals in the regular season.
Milton’s Payton Smith took the loss in Game 1, surrendering one run on three hits. He struck out nine and walked two in six innings.

Memorial Day baseball will decide the AAAAAA state championship.

In a battle of Fulton County rivals, Roswell took Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, 1-0, behind a dominating outing by starter Connor Johnstone.

Milton rebounded in Game 2, getting clutch two-out RBI singles from Dalon Farkas and Nick Bradshaw and a strong outing from starter Dylan Cease in a 5-3 win.

The decisive Game 3 will be played at 4 p.m., Monday at Milton. The Hornets will be looking for their first state title in baseball since 1986. The Eagles last won a state title in 2004.

Neither coach would name their Game 3 starter.

Johnstone threw a complete-game two-hit shutout in the first game. Johnstone, a Wake Forest signee, struck out five with no walks. He retired 13 straight during one stretch and ended the game by snatching a liner from Alec Cease and doubling off Dalton Ewing at first.

Alex Dickerson’s RBI single scored Drew Davis in the first inning for the game’s only run.

An overflow crowd created a raucous atmosphere, with fans sitting on top of outfield fences and the dugouts, trying to catch a peek.

Dylan Cease picked up the win in Game 2, striking out 12 in six innings.

Milton scored two in the first inning of Game 2, with Sean Ryan Brophy and Dalton Ewing delivering RBI singles.

Roswell answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Dickerson’s RBI ground out scored Matt Meeder.

The Eagles tacked on a run in the fifth. Sean Ryan Brophy tripled and later scored on a wild pitch to extend the Milton to 3-1.

Roswell tied the game in the fifth, with Drew Davis and Syd Hopkins coming up with RBI singles.

But Farkas and Bradshaw came through in the sixth inning, rifling singles off of Roswell starter Austin Krzeminski.

Milton won both meetings between the Region 5 rivals in the regular season.

Milton’s Payton Smith took the loss in Game 1, surrendering one run on three hits. He struck out nine and walked two in six innings.

6 comments Add your comment

North Fulton Fan

May 25th, 2013
9:39 pm

Great baseball by both teams. Monday is going to be fun.

Region 5 Fan

May 26th, 2013
8:55 am

What a Doubleheader! Game 1 is decided by a texas league single in the first inning. Pitching on both sides was D1 level. Game 2 was an intense back and forth affair. Can’t wait for Monday….it’s going to be legendary!

chris parmele

May 26th, 2013
8:20 pm

Question, with fields like GT’s, Kennesaw, the Gwinett Braves…why the heck does the State of Ga hold a high school baseball championship with a stadium that seats less than 1000? I was one of a few hundred in the woods swatting mosquitoes and scratching my head at the not so smart folks that put his thing on. An absolute embarrassment and a travesty for deserving players, coaches and fans alike. You stink Georgia State HIgh School Athletics……you bombed this test.

Region 5 Fan

May 26th, 2013
8:40 pm

Chris Parmele…could not agree more!

powder2424

May 27th, 2013
1:54 am

Im with chris P play the championships it at larger venues neutral sites

No Way

May 27th, 2013
4:15 pm

The high school fields are part of the fun! Go to a big stadium and even 1000 people would look lost. Kills the atmosphere