BT, King’s Ridge sweep playoff openers



NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Blessed Trinity and King’s Ridge opened play in the state high school baseball playoffs with two-game sweeps last Friday, May 2, with both teams at home this week in the second round of the series.

Both teams are scheduled to play doubleheaders on Wednesday, May 7, with third games if necessary on Thursday.

Blessed Trinity (21-7) defeated Jackson County 2-1 and 7-5, and will host North Hall, which rolled into the second round with 8-1 and 11-0 victories over Sonoraville.

The Titans tied the first game against Jackson in the fifth inning and won on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh. A pinch-hit single by Grant Hormuth started the rally. Ryan Young was the starting pitcher and winner for BT, pitching a complete game.

Blessed Trinity trailed 5-1 after three innings in the second game, tying it 5-5 with three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth on an RBI double by Conor Davis. Jack Dunn delivered a two-run single to break the tie in the top of the seventh.

Logan Craighead got the win in relief for the Titans, and Cody Roberts worked a scoreless inning to get the save.

King’s Ridge dominated Walker 12-3 and 15-0 and will be at home in the second round against Calvary Day of Savannah, which knocked off fourth seed First Presbyterian of Macon in three games in the first round to give the Tigers the home field for the second round.

Although King’s Ridge was third in the final Class A private school power rankings, the Tigers are the fifth seed in the playoffs behind two teams that won their regions. One of them was First Presbyterian, which was 12th in the power rankings but seeded fourth for the playoffs.

Walker scored three runs in the top of the first in the opening game, but did not score again in the doubleheader. King’s Ridge pitcher Adam Moore settled down after the first inning, striking out seven in five innings.

Brandt Stallings had three hits and drove in three runs for the Tigers, with Grayson Byrd also collecting three hits and Connor Burns contributing two hits and two RBI.

Moore had four hits and five RBI to power the Tigers in the second game. Austin Higginbotham had three hits, Burns had two and Kyle Brnovich and Byrd drove in two runs each.

Higginbotham pitched five scoreless innings, striking out seven, and Burns worked two innings in relief with four strikeouts.

RN 05-08-14

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