Class AAAA baseball: Redan sweeps Marist

He wasn’t at his customary spot in the dugout, but there was no question that the Redan baseball team had coach Marvin Pruitt on their mind as they celebrated winning the Class AAAA championship.

The veteran coach had to step back from the day-to-day operation of the club since health problems early in the year. But when the players received the championship trophy, it went straight to Pruitt, who smiled as the crowded chanted his name.

“This is something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” said Pruitt, DeKalb County’s first 400-game winning coach.

Redan (30-7) knocked off nemesis Marist (27-9), winning the first game 11-0 and taking the second 4-3 at Marist’s Jerry Queen Field. It was the first title for a DeKalb County public school since Dunwoody in 2007. It was the third time Redan had reached the final.

“This means a lot,” said Redan shortstop Wesley Jones, a Georgia signee. “To have the experience to get one … it’s hard to describe.”

The two Region 6-AAAA rivals had played four times prior to the championship series. Marist won the regular-season meeting, then beat Redan two-of-three times in the region championships series.

“All the credit goes to the kids,” said acting Redan coach Chris Hardnett, who got the post-game water bucket bath.

The first game belonged to Redan’s Corderius Dorsey, who was the pitching and hitting star. The junior left-hander allowed only two hits and struck out two in a seven-inning complete game effort. Dorsey also went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Dorsey had two big innings. In the first he shut down a Marist rally when the War Eagles had runners on the corners. He came up big again in the third inning when the first two Marist batters reached base, as he retired the next batters in order. He retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, with Nick Carrier’s double the lone exception.

Redan staked Dorsey to a 2-0 lead by scoring single runs in the first two innings. Shortstop Wesley Jones had a solo homer in the first and Dorsey singled in a run in the second.

“That kind of pepped us up,” said Jones, who is expected to be chosen in the Major League Baseball draft.

Dorsey gave himself some breathing room with his hit in the sixth. Redan had runs at second and third with one out when Dorsey’s high chopoper bounded over the drawn-in infield and into left to score two. Redan put it away in the seventh with six runs, two of them coming on a two-run shot to dead center field by Miles Fore.

“Cordarious did a remarkable job,” Hardnett said. “He was 5-0 in the state playoffs. He kept them off balance and off stride all game.”

The losing pitcher was Michael Toner, who gave up five runs (only two earned) in 5.2 innings. Toner, who took a no-hitter in the ffith inning of his last start against Crisp County, had to work out of trouble all game. He had only one one-two-inning.

Redan jumped ahead 4-1 in the second game and hung on to win. The Raiders scored three times in the first, with starting and winning pitcher Brandon Baker driving in the first run and the others scoring on a bases-loaded fielding error. Redan added another run on an opposite-field double by Jones.

But Marist starter Sean Geunther began to hit the corners and keep the Redan hitters off stride by changing speeds. It allowed Marist to fight back with a run in the fifth on Devin Kalil’s RBI single and another in the sixth on Chris McGrath’s home run.

Baker, Redan’s ace pitcher who has signed with Missouri, was struggling in the later innings. But Hardnett refused to lift him and Baker somehow managed to pitch his way out of further damage.

“He’s been our No. 1 pitcher all year and even when he was struggling , he was the one I wanted out there,” Hardnett said.

Marist had the tying runner at second base on in the seventh against reliever Darian Osby, but could not get him around.

15 comments Add your comment

pjbrave

May 27th, 2013
10:56 pm

Congrats to a great BASEBALL TEAM!!!!!!! You guys have been called athletes all year long and many coaches have refused to respect guys as pure BASEBALL PLAYERS!!!! Today you made people around the state have to respect REDAN as one of the top BASEBALL programs in the nation!!(check the mlb rosters REDAN has players all over the majors). on opening day 4 players from REDAN were starting for there team!!! Dekalb County is proud of you!!!!

Baseball fan

May 28th, 2013
12:58 am

Great job Redan,well deserved

JROLL1

May 28th, 2013
6:00 am

GREAT JOB AND CONGRATS TO THE RAIDERS! THESE KIDS PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT!

Raider96

May 28th, 2013
6:21 am

ya’ll have truly made me proud.The program has come a long way

Brookcy88

May 28th, 2013
6:59 am

Congrats to the Redan Raiders baseball team on a job well done.

Raider4Life

May 28th, 2013
7:06 am

PJ Braves comment is right on the money! Only referring to REDAN’s team as Athletes seeks to diminish the true and historical accomplishments of this team.

Redan’s kids consistently out hit their opponents, played better all around defense than their opponents, and out pitched them. So let’s cut through the chase, this is supposedly unheard of in this era by an all African American team in baseball.

For me the key was the pitching. Having two dominate left handed pitchers that gave the team an opportunity to compete in every game. The other teams had the “Scouting Report” on those kids and knew what to expect, (Hard and fast, then followed by even Harder and faster), yet they couldn’t stop the L Train.

So yes, this is a Big Deal and Historic event for the State of Georgia and DeKalb County.

There were some very good teams out there this year in AAAA baseball, Redan was just better!

Marist mom

May 28th, 2013
7:11 am

Congrats to Redan Raiders. Ya’ll out played our Marist War Eagles. The atmosphere was great. I was blown away by the size of the crowd. It was a lot of fun other than the losing part. Really enjoyed the Redan fans, they were great.

Raider4Life

May 28th, 2013
7:32 am

On behalf of the Redan family, Thank You Marist Mom!

Marist was a great host site for the event.

Not to be overlooked, both teams represented Region 6 of Class AAAA quite well in making it to the finals.

We’re the best!

Dudeburger

May 28th, 2013
7:39 am

Y’all earned it. Congratulations.

J Ellington

May 28th, 2013
8:08 am

Stopped by on the way home from a baseball tourney my son played in. Loved the competition, and I was blown away by the way Redan hit the ball in the first game. GOOD JOB TO THE REDAN PLAYERS.

Marist Dad

May 28th, 2013
10:43 am

Congrats to Redan! The better team on Monday won. Glad so many from both schools were there to see it. Really a great season by both of these Region 6AAAA squads. Congrats to the War Eagles for a surprisingly good baseball season, and congrats to Marist for another Directors Cup winning year of sports!

RattlerMan

May 28th, 2013
11:15 am

Great Memorial Day weekend for DeKalb County baseball…a team from Midway Park won the LL Urban Initiative Jamboree in Marietta (two other DeKalb teams–including the one I coach–finished tied for third…and my older son’s team (representing Exchange Park) won a USSSA tournament in McDonough by defeating a team from Wade Walker Park in a all-DeKalb final.

Congratulations to the Redan Raiders!!

AAAA Fan

May 28th, 2013
1:16 pm

What a great crowd that came out to Marist yesterday – I’ve never seen that many people come out for a baseball game. I’m a Marist parent and was disappointed the War Eagles didn’t come out on top, but agree that Redan looked awesome yesterday and Marist just didn’t respond. I thought the fans on both sides were awesome. Congrats to Redan for coming through when it really mattered and kudos to Region 6 for sending to teams to the finals. Until next year!

dawgster7

May 28th, 2013
6:08 pm

Very happy for Coach Marvin Pruitt who coached me in Dixie Youth ball back in the ’70’s. Great guy!

rwdekalb

May 29th, 2013
4:05 pm

Wow. Great job by both teams. Could this possibly be the beginning of a baseball rivalry.