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Georgia National Teams Sweep Way Into Round Of 16

The six teams ranked in the latest Perfect Game HS Top 50 entering the Georgia state playoffs all swept their opponents to advance to the second round in their respective classes.

No. 3 Winder-Barrow (29-2), the highest nationally ranked Georgia team in multiple polls, defeated Harrsion 3-2 in eight innings in game one. In game two Bulldogg pitcher Darrell Woodall pitched a one-hit, nine strikeout complete game as Winder-Barrow completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory. Winder-Barrow will face Richmond Hill in the second round of the 6A playoffs. Richmond Hill swept Stephenson to advance.

No. 9 Parkview (28-4) racked up 20 runs on 19 hits in a sweep of Forsyth Central to advance. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Colquitt County swept McEachern to advance.

No. 11 North Gwinnett swept Rockdale County by a combined 21-1 score in two games. North Gwinnett (30-2) hit four home runs in the second game and will face Lassiter in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Lassiter swept Newnan to advance.

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In one of the more highly anticipated first round matchups, No. 12 Blessed Trinity swept previously nationally ranked Cartersville 4-1 and 10-1 to advance in the class 4A playoffs. Blessed Trinity will host Columbus in the second round. Columbus swept Thomson by a combined 21-4 score to advance.

No. 20 Allatoona (29-3) swept Lanier 7-2 and 6-2 to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Tyler Messick was a perfect 3-for-3 in game one with 3 RBI. Kyle Jacobsen was held without a hit in both games, struck out twice and scored three runs in eight plate appearances. Allatoona will host Effingham County in the second round. Effingham County swept Mundy’s Mill to advance.

No. 48 Pope swept Creekside by a combined 20-2 score to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Pope (25-5) will face Houston County who defeated Heritage-Conyers 4-3 and 4-3 to advance.

Other notable Georgia first round series: Redan (23-9), the top ranked team in Georgia class 3A, swept Fannin County by a combined 17-2 score to advance. Redan will host Crisp County in the second round. Redan was the only Region 5-3A team that did not need three games in the first round. Lovett was the only other team from Region 5-3A to advance after defeating Dawson County in three games. Pace Academy and Westminster each lost to North Hall and Greater Atlanta Christian respectively in three games. Redan and Lovett tied in their first meeting this season 7-7 which ended in controversy, however recently the game has been awarded to Lovett 8-7. Redan won the second meeting 6-4. Both teams are on opposite sides of the bracket and could only meet again in the championship series. Lovett is not ranked in the Georgia Dugout Preview poll.

Walton, who has been previously ranked nationally this season, swept Westlake by a combined 23-1 score in 7A to advance. Walton will face a dangerous Mill Creek team in the second round. Mill Creek (29-4) has victories this season over state contenders North Gwinnett, Parkview, Loganville (5A), Lassiter and Brookwood.

Tucker (26-6) swept Brunswick by scores of 14-2 and 9-7 to advance. The Tigers will host River Ridge out of Region 6-6A in the second round. River Ridge (25-7) swept Dacula to advance an dis ranked No.4 in class 6A.

Georgia Fills Perfect Game Top 50 Rankings

As the Georgia high school baseball season begins to come down the home stretch and head for the playoffs, several teams can be found in the national rankings.

Pope (7), Winder-Barrow (10), North Gwinnett (12), Parkview (17), Blessed Trinity (19), Allatoona (21) and Walton (30) all are in the latest Perfect Game Top 50 high school rankings.

North Gwinnett (7) and Winder-Barrow (21) are also ranked in the latest Baseball America HS Top 25  rankings.

Winder-Barrow (7), North Gwinnett (9) and Allatoona (12) also come in ranked in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25.

Here is a brief look at each team and their upcoming schedules this week.

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Pope (19-2) had its 14-game winning streak snapped last week falling to Cambridge 4-2. Pope will face county rivals Lassiter and Walton this week. Chase Smith and Ryan Webb have been solid for Pope in the pitching department this season. Offensively the Greyhounds have been solid averaging just over seven runs per game while yielding just under three runs per game.

Winder-Barrow (18-2) went 3-1 at the National High School Invitational last week in Cary, NC with victories over No.3 Huntington Beach (CA), No.16 American Heritage (FL) and Rocky Mountain (CO). The Bulldoggs lost in the semifinals to Dana Hills (CA). Winder-Barrow will wrap up the regular season with series against Habersham Central, Apalachee and Lanier before the state playoffs. Darrel Woodall (P), Daniel Buice (P), Will Hargraves (IF/P), Beau Hanna (C) and Pat DeMarco (CF) pace the senior-laden team.

Allatoona (19-2) has won six in a row and will face Stockbridge and North Atlanta this week in the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. An all-important 2-game region series against Dalton still remains on the schedule. Kyle Jacobsen is the highlight player for the Buccaneers. Jacobsen enters the week batting .471 with 21 RBI 3 HR and is 5-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 23 strikeouts on the mound. David Smith (C; .417 24 RBI 2 HR), Payton Eeles (2B; .368 13 RBI), Blake Evans (SS; .417 6 RBI), Skylar McPhee (3B; .343 16 RBI) and Tyler Messick (1B/3B; .324 13 RBI) make Allatoona a championship contender in the heavy 6A classification. Head coach Keith Hanson recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season in a 10-1 victory over Creekview.

Class 7A is represented by North Gwinnett, Parkview and Walton.

North Gwinnett (20-1) opened the season winning its first 20 games before falling last week 6-2 to Mill Creek. The Bulldogs pitching is anchored by seniors Jake Brace and Cade Heil. Brace is 5-1 with a  1.43 ERA to go with 32 strikeouts. Heil is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA and has fanned 53 batters this season. Sophomore Micah Borah leads the team in batting average at .463 and is second in RBIs with 20. Parker Coyne leads the team in RBIs with 22 and is batting .437 with a pair of dingers on the season.

Parkview (18-3) opened a four-game stretch over spring break in Florida with a 3-0 victory over Jesuit (No.12 in Baseball America HS Top 25) on Monday. The Panthers will face Sarasota (FL), Venice (FL) and IMG Academy (FL) this week while in Florida. Parkview will close the regular season with two-game series against Norcross, Meadowcreek and Brookwood after returning from Florida. Senior Joey DeMasi has powered the Panthers at the plate this season batting .361 with 32 RBI and 8 HR. Logan Cherney (.424) and Jonathan French (.325) are tied for second on the team in RBIs with 18 apiece. Caleb Mitchell and Braden Hays bring the heat from the mound. Mitchell is 5-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 35 strikeouts while Hays is 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts.

Walton (18-4) was ranked as high as eighth this season in the Perfect Game Top 50 comes in at No. 30. The Raiders split two games with Etowah last week and will face Cambridge and county rival Pope in a rematch of last seasons state championship series this week. Walton will close out the regular season with a pair of three-game series against Lassiter and Woodstock. Senior pitcher Luke Bartnicki has tossed a no-hitter this season, has over 55 strikeouts and has hit 90-plus on the radar gun multiple times.

 

 

Lambert Eyeing 6A State Title; Fluid National Rankings

The Lambert Longhorns baseball team will try to do what their schoolmates on the lacrosse team were unable to do this past weekend, win a state championship.

The Longhorns (34-1) will open their state championship series against the defending Georgia 6A champion Milton Eagles this weekend. Lambert was ranked as high as No.2 nationally before losing their first game in the second round of the state tournament to the Mill Creek Hawks. They went on to win the best-of-three series but fell completely out of the latest Max Preps Top 25 released on Tuesday.

Montverde Academy (FL), Greater Atlanta Christian (GA), Sagemont (FL) and Orlando Christian Prep (FL) all remain ranked nationally in the Max Preps Xcellent 25. GAC is facing Benedictine in the Georgia class 2A finals, Orlando Christian Prep was knocked out in the Florida 2A semifinals.

Despite the loss Lambert remains ranked in the Baseball America Top 20 coming in at No. 3 after sweeping No. 7 Parkview in the Georgia 6A semifinals. Lambert has swept three of their four state tournament opponents. They enter the state championship series averaging 8.8 runs per game in the postseason scoring 10 or more runs in four of their nine state tournament games.

South Dade (FL), American Senior- Hialeah (FL), Creekside-St. Johns (FL) and Whitewater (GA) all are nationally ranked in the Baseball America Top 20. South Dade won Florida’s class 8A championship, American Senior won Florida’s class 7A championship, Creekside is in the Florida 6A semifinals and Whitewater will face Houston County in the Georgia 5A finals.

Another Top 10 National Finish For McEachern?

The McEachern Lady Indians (29-2) capped their 2013-14 season winning their second state championship in three seasons with a 81-62 victory over the Archer (GA) Tigers in Georgia’s 6A girls title game. The Lady Indians were 23-0 against Georgia teams, went wire-to-wire as the No.1 team in state polls and defeated six teams either in the regular season or playoffs that were in the final top 10 of the state polls. McEachern won their first title in 2012 with a perfect 33-0 record and finished No.2 in the final national polls.

Nationally, McEachern began the season ranked No. 20 in the preseason briefly falling out after back-to-back losses in late November. They posted a 5-2 record against national opponents and have been ranked as high at No. 14 this season. They currently are No.15 in both major polls (Max Preps and USA Today).

“We set up a national schedule. We went and played everybody we could play from Tennessee to Florida to New York. We’ve been everywhere trying to play the best teams in the nation to get us to this point (winning the state championship),” head coach Phyllis Arthur said after winning the state championship.

Are the Lady Indians worthy of another Top 10 finish when the final polls come out?

McEachern’s first lost came to Blackman (TN) 74-67. Blackman (34-1) is currently ranked No.1 nationally, won the Tennessee Division-I 3A championship and look to be in prime position to lock up the national championship. Blackman suffered their only loss to Incarnate Word Academy (MO) (27-1)-ranked No.2 nationally. Blackman revenged that loss by beating Incarnate Word Academy three weeks later.

Marian Cathloic (IL) defeated McEachern the next night as one of two teams to hold the Indians under 50 points in a 47-29 victory. Marian Catholic is unranked and lost in the Illinois 4A semifinals to eventual champion Whitney Young. Whitney Young (32-3) is currently ranked as high as No.10 nationally.

McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions
McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions

McEachern defeated Florida champions Ribault (FL) and Edgewater (FL). Ribault (29-5) won class 6A, Edgewater (26-6) won class 4A and both are unranked.

The Lady Indians swept two games in the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY defeating Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian Academy (MD). Nazareth (21-7) finished as the New York State Catholic School runner-up losing to St. Anthony (NY) (25-5) in the finals. Capitol Christian Academy (25-7) finished third in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) Nationals.

Their final national game was against Hoover (AL) in a game played at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA. The Indians used a 23-1 run in the first half on their way to the 75-53 victory. Hoover lost in the 2nd round of the Alabama 6A playoffs to Sparkman (AL). Sparkman lost to Blackman (TN) twice during the regular season and were the Alabama 6A runner-up losing to Shades Valley (AL). Shades Valley defeated Archer (29-4) during the regular season. 

The drawback for the Lady Indians is none of their national wins were against nationally-ranked opponents. Despite the national schedule the Lady Indians were 0-1 against nationally-ranked teams. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was the only other Georgia team to make it into the national polls. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was ranked No. 23 (by Max Preps) the week they lost the Georgia 5A championship game to Tucker.

McEachern finished the season on 26-game winning streak and were led by a pair of juniors ranked in the top 15 in the 2015 recruiting class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz in T’ea Cooper and Caliya Robinson. Cooper (verbal to North Carolina) averaged 19.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 steals this season. Caliya Robinson averaged 13.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 6.6 blocks recording four triple-doubles this season (all with blocks). Senior Taylor Gordon (Wake Forest signee) averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and sophomore Jada Lewis averaged 9.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

History is mainly unimportant when it comes to national rankings for the current season yet the Lady Indians did accomplish some historic feats this season within Georgia. They became one of only two girls teams to score 100 points or more in a state playoff game since the inception of the girls tournament in the mid 1940’s scoring 104 against Rockdale County. Early County (GA) scored 101 on the same day and were eliminated in the next round of the 2A state playoffs after being held to 39 points. McEachern also became the first girls program from Cobb County (GA) to win multiple state championships.

For the season McEachern averaged 71.6 points, scored 70 points or more 19 times (including 100 or more twice) and won five state playoff games by an average of 32.4 points.

The season did not come without talk swirling around the program of recruiting and undue influence.

“In spite of all the negative things said about us we still won it, they motivated us,” Arthur said.

It may be a stretch for the Lady Indians to finish in the Top 10 yet as far as the Lady Indians are concerned they did their part, they played all comers and won their state. With a chuck of the team returning next season it’s safe to say McEachern will be in the national rankings to begin next season and depending on how they set up their schedule could contend for a top 10 finish and possible national championship.

Norcross; Georgia Not In Media Compilation Top 25

Georgia’s 2013 High School Football season completed in the early morning hours this past Sunday Dec. 15th. When the final fourth quarter horn sounded at 12:21 A.M. the Norcross Blue Devils (13-2) repeated as Class 6A champions. They scored 31 unanswered points to defeat North Gwinnett (13-2) 31-14.

Myles Autry returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, caught a 69-yard touchdown pass and finished with 203 all-purpose yards for the state champions. Quarterback AJ Bush passed for 303 yards tossing two touchdowns on beautifully thrown balls and scored on the ground.

“Basically that kickoff return for a touchdown turned the game around for us. We were scrambling there on offense for a little bit and that turned the corner for us a little bit, the defense got feed off it and we just got better and better overall,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said.

Norcross' Myles Autry and Coach Keith Maloof celebrate their second title
Norcross’ Myles Autry and Coach Keith Maloof celebrate their second title

Norcross held North Gwinnett to their lowest scoring game this season and intercepted Hayden Spire four times. Jaquan Fraizer led Norcross in tackles with 11 plus a pick. Ridwan Issahakua-a second year transfer from woeful Meadowcreek, snagged two interceptions after being beaten for touchdowns by Nate Brown and Caleb Scott earlier.

“We knew we had to get physical…take away the underneath stuff, stay on top of the deep stuff,” Maloof said. We knew if they threw the ball deep we had to get in Hayden’s face. We didn’t get to him a whole lot…but we were still physical with their wideouts, we were able to take a way a lot of stuff that they like to do,”

Norcross is 28-2 the past two seasons with two state championships and shared this seasons region 7-6A crown with North Gwinnett and Collins Hill. Collins Hill was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In a three-way coin flip for playoff seeding it was Norcross, Collins Hill and North Gwinnett in that order. North Gwinnett, having to play on the road, became the first team in Georgia’s highest class to win four consecutive road playoffs games to make the state finals.

Nationally, Norcross is unranked in the latest media compilation poll and were second in receiving votes with 47. NationalHSFootball.com HSFB100 has them at No.16 while Max Preps Xcellent 25 has them at 23. They are the lone Georgia team in the USA Today Super 25 “The Next 25” at No.45

Creekside (15-0) is not ranked in the compilation poll either. The Seminoles are No. 24 in the NationalHSFootball.com HSFB100. North Gwinnett, Griffin, Colquitt County and Buford are in the top 50 of the HSFB100.

GDFL Preseason Top 25

The Gridiron Developmental Football League 2012 season is getting closer and with that the league released the Preseason Top 25 rankings. Sitting at the top are the defending 2011 GDFL National Champions the Chambersburg Cardinals.

“We want to show the teams, not only the teams that play good football but if you look at the top-tier teams of the league they do good business on this level, they are going beyond the football field and turning their team into a franchise. If you do good business your able to put together a good product on the field and a good investment. At this level that is what people are looking to see,” Charles Thompson stated about the rankings.

The Preseason Top 25 includes 18 teams that were in the 2011 playoffs , 6 teams who are in their first season in the GDFL . The Florida Falcons are the lone ranked team that did not the make playoffs playing in one of the stronger divisions last season.