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2017 Georgia Baseball Champions

The 2017 baseball season came to a close in Georgia this week with the crowning of eight state champions across the seven classifications for the first time in state history.

All but one classification featured a sweep in the championship series. In Class 4A the Marist War Eagles (25-17) won the final two games to defeat Blessed Trinity (36-6) 2-1 in their best-of-three series to win its 13th state championship.

Etowah (28-16) swept Woodstock (26-17) in 7A to win its first state championships. Etowah won the second game in eleven innings to complete the series sweep. This series featured two teams from the same county (Cherokee)

Pope (34-6) swept Lee County (28-14) in 6A to win its third state championship.

Loganville (30-13) swept Wayne County (28-14) in 5A to win its third state championship.

North Hall (33-11) won its first state championship with a sweep of Pierce County (28-10) in 3A.

Jeff Davis (33-8) won its first state championship by sweeping Elbert County (33-9) in 2A.

Schely County (34-2) swept Gordon Lee (27-8) in 1A Public while Savannah Christian (34-3) swept Tatnall Square (30-5) in 1A Private.

Despite the added classification there were no repeat champions this season in Georgia.

The latest Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings have not been released yet. As of the week of May 22nd Blessed Trinity (No. 9), Pope (No.11), Woodstock (No.42), Etowah (No.44) and North Gwinnett (No. 48) were the only teams ranked from Georgia.

Pope (No.11) and Etowah (No.44) are poised to move up when the latest rankings are released while the remainder of the Georgia field will just have to wait and see.

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Etowah and Woodstock were one of two championship series that featured teams from the same region with Marist and Blessed Trinity being the other. Blessed Trinity won all four previous regular season games against Marist before losing the final two in the finals.  Woodstock finished third while Etowah finished fourth in region 4-7A with both posting sub-500 region records as Walton and Lassiter finished one-two in the region. Woodstock won both regular season season meetings with Etowah. Walton and Lassiter were eliminated in the second round to Mill Creek and North Gwinnett respectively

Georgia was well represented throughout the baseball season in the Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings. In addition to the five teams currently in the rankings, Winder-Barrow, Walton, Parkview, Mill Creek  and Allatoona also were ranked nationally during the season.

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Walton Wins 6A Georgia State Title

East Cobb baseball (Cobb County Georgia) was on full display this weekend with the 6A championship series featuring region rivals, close county neighbors and nationally ranked teams.

One of the top hotbeds for baseball nationally featured Georgia Region 5-6A champ and 44th-ranked* Pope hosting second-ranked* and Region 5-6A runner-up Walton.

Walton flexed their muscles with an 11-1 win in Game 1 powered by Jason Rooks’ bat. Rooks homered twice including a Grand Slam in the series opener.

Pope fought ahead 3-2 on an Antonio Jareno RBI double in the top of the fifth and added a sac fly in the top of the seventh inning from Jareno in Game 2.

Trailing 4-3 with the bases loaded, one out in the bottom of the seventh (last inning of high school baseball), Walton’s Jason Avers singled down the left field line scoring the winning runs to clinch the 5-4 win and championship series 2-0 sweep.

Walton has now won three state championships and  its first since 2007.

*Perfect Game High School Team Rankings

Gainesville, Buford and Eagles Landing Win Georgia State Championships

The first three Georgia football state champions were crowned today over three of the classifications. New to Georgia this season in class 1A the public and private held separate state championships with the private championship game being held on Friday and the public on Saturday.

In Class 5A Gainesville (12-3) defeated Ware County 49-13 to win the schools first ever state championship. Gainesville put their potent offense on display from the beginning to jump on Ware County 28-0 into the second quarter after two Deshaun Watson touchdown passes and a touchdown run with a Fred Payne scoop and score throw in there . To top it off quarterback Deshaun Watson became the all-time leading passer in Georgia High School football history. Watson put up a banner night overall passing for 318 yards with three touchdown passes and rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown. For his career Watson a junior, has passed for over 9,600 yards with 108 touchdowns and he’s only a junior. Caleb Hayman caught two of Watson’s three touchdown passes while sophomore Rodney Lackey caught the other.

Fred Payne stepped up in a major way for the Gainesville defense. In addition to his fumble recovery for a touchdown he had some major hits and returned and interception 70-yards in the second half to set up another Gainesville touchdown when Watson went in from a yard out to give Gainesville a 35-7 advantage. Running back Michael Byrd also added a touchdown run for the Red Elephants.

Xavier Tolber scored both Ware County touchdowns on a pair of two-yard touchdown runs. Ware County (13-2) had not given up more than 24 points in a game all season yet yielded 28 in the first half and 49 for the game against Gainesville.

In Class 3A the Buford Wolves (12-3) were making their sixth consecutive championship game appearance and first ever in class 3A . The Wolves defeated St. Pius (12-3) 10-3 to win their fifth state championship in six years. Locked in a defensive struggle the Wolves’ leading rusher Dontravious Wilson ran 39-yards for a touchdown on a fourth-down and one with 9:10 remaining in the game to give Buford the 10-3 advantage. It was the third Buford touchdown in consecutive weeks coming on a fourth-down and this won would ultimately win the game for the Wolves. Both teams were held under 200 yards of total offense with Buford getting the slight edge 186 to 180.

In Class 1A Private Eagles Landing Christian Academy (13-1) broke open a 7-0 game at halftime into a 33-0 rout over Prince Avenue Christian School (11-3). Eagles Landing standout running back Keyante Green rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers. DJ Curl, Brad Moore and Dalton Etheridge also added touchdown runs for Eagles Landing who racked up 328 total yards of offense in the game. Eagles Landing’s defense held Prince Avenue’s Wing-T offense to only 134 yards of total offense. Eagles Landing goes down as the first-ever private school champion in the state of Georgia. Prince Avenue started playing football in 2006 and made their first-ever appearance is a state championship game.

The Georgia High School football championships resume on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA with the 1A-Public, 2A, 4A and 6A titles begin decided. The action starts at 11:30am EST with the 1A Public game between Dooly County and ECI. Jefferson vs Calhoun follow in the 2A game followed by the 4A game between Sandy Creek and Ridgeland with the 6A game between Lovejoy and Norcross in the nightcap.