AAAAAA state baseball championship: Milton tops Roswell in thriller

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Alex Schnell pitched a gem, and nine-hole hitter Dalon Farkas delivered a two-out, game-winning RBI in extra innings, lifting Milton to a 2-1 victory over Roswell in the AAAAAA state championship on Monday.

It’s the third state championship for the Eagles in baseball and their first since 2004. But it was anything but easy.

The two Fulton County rivals battled in front of raucous, overflow crowds for three games at the Eagles’ new field. Fans sat on top of the outfield fences. Some even climbed trees, trying to catch a peek of a well-played, thrilling series. The two teams split two games on Saturday, setting up a Memorial Day showdown that featured plenty of drama.

With two outs in the eighth, catcher Nick Bradshaw doubled to right-center. Bradshaw had committed a throwing error in the fourth that allowed Drew Davis to score Roswell’s only run. Bradshaw redeemed himself with the eighth-inning double and landed on second base with a fist-pump and scream.

Farkas then lined a 3-1 pitch up the middle, driving home courtesy runner Andrew Wood for the winning run.

“It was the most fun I’ve had during my baseball career,” said Bradshaw.

Schnell, a junior left-hander, allowed one unearned run on two hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Milton coach Joey Ray thought only briefly about taking Schnell out, after Roswell’s Mitchell Benson led off the eighth with a single. Benson reached second on a sacrifice bunt from Adam Terrinoni, but Schnell induced consecutive fly outs to end the game.

Roswell’s Devin Browning and Austin Krzeminski both pitched well for the Hornets, who were playing in their fifth Game 3 of the playoffs. Browning allowed one run on five hits in three innings, before turning it over to Krzeminski, who allowed one run on four hits in five innings.

“We fought through five Game 3’s (in the playoffs) and extra innings today,” said Roswell coach Mike Power. “You see the blood, sweat and tears that these kids put in … it’s tough, but I couldn’t be any prouder.”

4 comments Add your comment

Region 5 Fan

May 27th, 2013
11:24 pm

Congratulations to Milton on winning the AAAAAA State Championship.
Congratulations to Roswell on a fantastic season and a thrilling Championship Series.
Proud of Region 5 Baseball at the AAAAAA level :)

John Wooden

May 28th, 2013
9:33 am

Congrats to Milton and Roswell. It’s kind of nice that we’re not talking about cheating, recruiting, etc. in baseball. Just a great series between two neighboring schools and it makes me proud to see it.

RealTAlk

May 30th, 2013
11:08 am

Props to Redan…Have you seen their field? You can play a better game of baseball in your back yard, must have been very well coached to be a Marist with top rate facilities.

And ignore the old, fat, angry white guys (still mad that Obama is pres too I’m sure), they are just mad that their white schools lost the championship to a “urban” school.

RealTAlk

May 30th, 2013
11:09 am

beat* a Marist