Baseball: Recaps on all 32 quarterfinals

The quarterfinals of th ehigh school baseball playoffs are almost finished with a few Game 3’s set to begin or resume on Friday.

Here are quick recaps of all 32 series. The semifinals will be Tuesday-Wednesday.

Class AAAAAAA

Grayson d. Newnan 1-0, 7-0: In Game 2, John Anderson pitched a four-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks, and Grayson scored its only run on a passed ball. In Game 2, Bradley Blalock threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk. Jeremiah Smith was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

Hillgrove d. Mill Creek 7-4, 8-3: Deion Walker hit two homers in the opening game and went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in Game 2. 

Parkview d. Walton 5-3, 7-4: Parkview catcher Jonathan French was 5-for-7 with two doubles, two homers, six RBI and five runs scored in the two games.

North Gwinnett d. Etowah 6-1, 0-3, 7-0: North Gwinnett’s Jayden Perrine pitched a five hitter with six strikeouts and no walks in Game 3. Etowah’s Adam Metiever pitched a five-hitter in the second game. North Gwinnett’s Michael Borah was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Game 1.

Class AAAAAA

Effingham County d. Winder-Barrow 3-2, 10-3: Effingham took an early 3-0 in the opener and held on as Ethan Johnson went the distance, allowing just three hits. Christian Campbell and J.R. Lonon had two hits apiece. Effingham piled up 14 hits in the clincher. Jordan Rahn was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Heritage-Conyers d. Allatoona 7-6, 3-2: Heritage won two one-run games, both in extra innings. In Game 1, Nick Watson-Garcia doubled in Christian Smith in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the winning run. Watson-Garcia also had a two-run triple in the game. Darryl Buggs pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief and got the win. In Game 2, Watson-Garcia was the starting pitcher and allowed two runs over seven innings, and Buggs again got the win with two scoreless relief innings. Smith’s triple, scoring Griffin Holcombe, in the top of the ninth was the game-winner. 

Pope d. Lee County 6-7, 18-8, 9-1: Pope, the defending champion, had 46 hits in the three games and won a deciding Game 3 for the third straight round. James Tibbs (6-for-12 with six runs scored), Will Lantis (7-for-12, four runs, four RBI) and Max Pralgo (6-for-12, four runs, five RBI) were Pope’s top series hitters.

Harrison d. Houston County 8-1, 1-4, 8-7: Harrison won the clincher with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single to center by pinch-hitter Brian Drakefored, scoring Mitchell Walker.  Colin Caldwell pitched a one-hitter in Game 1, and Coopoer Guilotte and Evan Dory homered.

Class AAAAA

Loganville d. Thomas County Central 3-0, 6-1: Caleb Garner pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk in the opener. Connor Bruce pitched five hitless innings in Game 2 and got relief from Riley Cruce and Dylan Strickland, who allowed no earned runs. Loganville’s No. 8 hitter, Jackson Daniel, was 3-for-3, equaling Thomas Central’s hit total for the game.

Locust Grove d. Riverwood 4-2, 8-3: Locust Grove broke a 2-2 tie in Game 1 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Dalton Laney hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Cole English pitched 6.1 strong innings. In Game 2, Locust Grove took a 6-2 lead with a four-run fourth inning, and Nolan Crisp pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to finish off Riverwood. 

Ola d. Buford 5-2, 1-3, 8-3: Trailing 3-2 entering the top of the seventh, Ola scored six runs to take a Game 3 victory. Patrick Holleman homered and pitched the opening five innings, allowing just two earned runs. Center fielder Dalton Thomas was 5-for-7 with three runs, two doubles, a walk and two stolen bases in the series. 

Decatur d. Harris County 7-6, 3-0: Jaylen Paden pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks in the clinching game. Jordan Walker was 2-for-3 with a double. In Game 1, Decatur got homers from Paden, Walker, Marshall Toole and Robbie Huey.

Class AAAA

North Oconee d. Columbus 5-0, 3-0: Bubba Chandler (six innings, eight strikeouts) and Will Pearson (one inning) combined on a Game 1 no-hitter. Dom Hughes homered. Hughes started Game 2 and allowed two hits through 5.1 innings. Pearson got the final five outs, four by strikeout, and had two hits and two RBI.

Northside-Columbus d. Cartersville 3-1, 4-2: Northside scored two runs in the top of the 10th to break a 1-1 tie in Game 1. Colton Joyner went nine innings and allowed only an unearned run. Connor Stephens went the distance in Game 2 and allowed seven hits. Hunter Poe was 2-for-2 and reached in all three plate appearances. 

Blessed Trinity d. Woodward Academy 7-2, 1-3, 2-1: Blessed Trinity leadoff man C.J. Abrams was 2-for-3 with a double and scored both of his team’s runs in Game 3. Joseph Chambers (5.1 IP) and Dominick Marcoccio (1.2 IP) allowed two hits and no earned runs between them. Woodward had runners on first and second in the top of the seventh when Marcoccio got the final out, a strikeout.

Demnark d. West Laurens 8-1, 6-10, 7-2: Denmark, a first-year school and No. 4 seed with a 19-16 record, won Game 3 behind Matthew Cassandra’s five-hitter on the mound and 2-for-3, two-RBI effort in the batters box. 

Class AAA

North Hall d. Appling County 11-2, 10-0: Kelton Kierschnick pitched a six-inning four-hitter in Game 2. Caleb Clark was 2-for-2 and reached in all three plate appearances. In Game 1, Tyler Brooks was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored. Jackson Dyer allowed three hits and no earned runs in six innings.

Pace Academy d. Crisp County 5-4, 14-0: Andrew Jenkins, Jayden Thomas and Mitchell O’Berry had two hits apiece in Game 1, when Pace erased a 4-0 deficit through three innings. In Game 2, Brian Zeldin allowed one hit and struck out seven in four innings of a five-inning game, and Pace took advantage of five Crisp County errors. 

Pike County d. Fannin County 6-1, 0-9, 2-0: Pike had only nine hits in the series but survived on pitching. Noah Windhorst and Jordan Rogers combined on a one-hitter in Game 3. Coleman Crow pitched a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts in Game 1.

Hart County d. Cook 6-3, 7-6: Hart County advanced to the semifinals for just the third time, first since 2014.

Class AA

Jeff Davis d. Social Circle 6-4, 11-1: Jeff Davis No. 8 hitter Garrett Taylor had a double, a triple and five RBI in Game 2. Matthew White pitched the six-inning complete game. Taylor also had two hits in Game 1. Britt Metts got the final five outs, three by strikeout, and also had two hits, one a double.

Bleckley County d. Bremen 13-2, 1-7, 6-5: Bleckley took a 6-0 lead early in Game 3 and held on for the one-run victory. Brody Little pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed one run, a homer by Brody Pakerson. Little also was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple. Steven Knighton hit a two-run homer. Little had a big Game 1 as he was 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBI.

Rockmart d. Harlem 5-8, 5-0, 7-1: Brayden Cole homered and pitched the final inning of Game 3 for the save. He struck out two. Griffin Pace pitched six strong innings. Ty Floyd struck out 16 in the Game 2 victory and allowed just one hit over 6.2 innings. Logan Shelton got the final out, a strikeout. 

Callaway d. Bacon County 9-8, 6-4: Callaway scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 9-8 in Game 1. Braelin Mitchell, who had singled, scored the winning run on a passed ball. 

Class A public: 

Schley County d. Commerce 8-1, 11-0, 6-4: Schley took a 6-1 lead into the sixth inning of Game 3 and held on. Dylan Taylor was 3-for-3, and Ashton Goodin hit a two-run homer. Lorne Barineau allowed four hits and no earned runs over five innings. Taylor also was 3-for-3 in Game 1 with two home runs and a double. He was 7-for-8 in the series.

Irwin County d. Johnson County 4-2, 11-1: Zach Smith pitched a one hitter in clinching Game 2. Gabriel Benyard was 2-for-4 with four RBI, and Keegan Folker was 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored. Will Hudson was 3-for-4 in the Game 1 victory. Brodie Chestnut pitched a four-hitter.

Gordon Lee d. Seminole County 11-4, 15-0: Seminole scored the first four runs of the series. Gordon Lee scored the final 25. Chris Potter hit two home runs. Pitchers Jake Poindexter, Cade Peterson and Brody Cobb allowed two hits and struck out 11 in the Game 2 shutout.

Bowdon d. Clinch County 5-3, 0-6, 4-0: Braden Bowen (5.2 IP) and Wyatt Karlovich (1.1 IP) combined on a three-hit shutout in Game 3. Bowen was 3-for-4 with two runs scored at the plate. In Game 1, Bowdon blew a 3-2 lead in the seventh but scored two in the top of the eighth on Karlovich’s two-run single to win it.

Class A private:

Tattnall Square d. Strong Rock Christian 8-4, 0-7, 7-6: Tattnall scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning, then sweated out the bottom half, when Strong Rock had runners on second and third, down just one run, before Tattnall got the final out. B.J. Spears, Miles Morris and Trey Ham had three hits apiece. Tattnall used six pitchers in the final game.

Hebron Christian d. Calvary Day 1-2, 4-1, 9-2: Mason Ashby was 4-for-4 in Game 3, and Jackson Boyd pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed no hits while striking out four. Nathan Alexander went the distance in the Game 2 victory. He allowed two hits and struck out eight.

Savannah Christian d. Savannah Country Day 9-10, 15-0, 4-1: Garrett Bradley (3.2) and Kyle Hilton (3.1) alternated innings in Game 3 and allowed just one run on seven hits. Both had pitched long innings in the first two games. Hilton and Jarrett Brown had two hits apiece in the finale.

Wesleyan d. Fellowship Christian 5-4, 4-6, 20-6:  James McCoy was 5-for-5 with two doubles and Druw Jones was 3-for-5 with a homer and a double and five RBI in Game 3. Jalen Fulwood and Charlie Taylor also homered. Fellowship had four home runs in a losing cause, one each by Isaac Bouton, Preston Joye, Cody Tapley and Cameron Gill.

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