6 local teams earn spots in state baseball playoffs



NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Six local teams begin action in the state baseball playoffs this week, with four North Fulton AAAAAA teams taking on opponents from Gwinnett County.

The first round playoff games are scheduled to begin Friday with doubleheaders, with a third game if needed set for Saturday.

Defending state champion Milton won the Region 5-AAAAAA championship and will be at home in the first round against North Gwinnett, the No. 4 team from Region 7.

The Eagles finished the season with a 12-2 region record, 19-7 overall. Milton won its last seven games in succession and is ranked third in AAAAAA. North Gwinnett brings a 14-12 record into the state playoffs, going 9-7 in region play.

Johns Creek placed second in Region 6 behind unbeaten and state No. 1-ranked Lambert, and will host Brookwood in the first round.

The Gladiators finished 10-4 in the region and 14-11 overall, with Brookwood taking third in Region 8 at 11-5, 14-12 overall.

Roswell finished third in Region 5 at 9-5, ending the season 16-10 overall. The Hornets were tied with Walton going into the final two games of the season, but lost 2-1 and 4-0 to the Raiders, who placed second behind Milton.

The Hornets play at Mill Creek, which was second in Region 7 at 12-4, 16-10 overall. Roswell reached the championship series last year against Milton, losing in extra innings in the decisive third game of the series.

Chattahoochee closed out its season with a 13-6 victory over Johns Creek to take third in Region 6 at 8-6 behind Lambert and Johns Creek.

The Cougars play at Grayson in the first round. The Rams placed second in Region 8 with a 13-3 record, 17-9 overall.

The Milton-North Gwinnett series winner will face either Grayson or Chattahoochee in the second round, with a doubleheader scheduled for May 7 and the third game if needed the next day.

The Roswell-Mill Creek winner will likely draw No. 1 Lambert (26-0) in the second round, with Lambert hosting Dacula in the first round.

The Johns Creek-Brookwood winner will play either Mountain View or Lassiter in the second round. Mountain View (22-4) won Region 8 and is ranked fourth in AAAAAA. Lassiter (11-15) tied Etowah (20-7) for fourth in Region 5 at 8-6, taking the tiebreaker thanks to two wins over Etowah during the season.

Blessed Trinity went 12-1 in 6-AAA to take the region championship, finishing 19-7 overall. The Titans host Jackson, which also went 19-7 and finished fourth in Region 8-AAA at 9-5. Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

If the Titans advance to the second round, they would be at home against either Sonoraville, the No. 3 team from 5-AAA, or North Hall, the No. 2 team from 7-AAA.

King’s Ridge dropped its final game of the season to Gordon Lee 13-7 to finish second in its 6-A sub-region at 16-4 behind Mount Paran Christian, which was 20-0 in region play.

The Tigers, who are 20-4 overall, were ranked second in the state among Class A private school teams going into the final week of the season, but could drop to third behind Mount Paran. Eagle’s Landing Christian was ranked first going to the final week.

King’s Ridge will be at home in the first round Friday against an opponent to be determined after the final power rankings are released. The Tigers would play a second round series on their home field if they advance.

JC 05-01-14

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