NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Seven local baseball teams continued play in the second round of the postseason May 1-3.
Milton drops decisive Game 3 to Mill Creek (7-8, 5-1, 11-0): Milton’s successful 2019 season ended May 2 with the Eagles dropping their decisive Game 3 against Mill Creek.
The Eagles struggled in the do-or-die contest. Milton pitchers combined to throw five walks, and the Eagles had multiple errors and were held to one hit. The Hawks opened an early lead and piled on runs to end the game after five innings on the run rule.
Milton won Game 1 in dramatic fashion with a comeback and walk-off double.
In that contest, Mill Creek led 7-6 entering the bottom of the sixth before a Stephen Michaels RBI double tied the score. Curt McDonell reached base after being hit by a pitch on a full count offering in the seventh inning.
Logan Jones earned the walk-off win with a double to right field to score McDonell and give the Eagles the early series advantage.
Brandon Concevitch earned the win in relief, allowing three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts in two innings. Milton’s offense was led by home runs from Kristian Campbell and Mitch Landon and two-RBI performances from Michaels and Jones.
Game 2 was tight through five innings, but the Hawks broke a 1-1 stalemate in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to power their 5-1 win.
Milton starter Cole Stupp had a strong performance through five innings but was pulled after giving up a walk and two singles to start the sixth. A throwing error by Stupp on a bunt allowed two runs to score to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Mill Creek added two more runs in the inning with two walks and a base hit.
The Eagles were held to just four hits in the contest and were held to a single run on a hit batter with the bases loaded.
Forsyth Central falls to North Gwinnett (10-2, 8-6): Forsyth Central’s playoff run ended in the second round with Central dropping both games of a May 2 doubleheader to North Gwinnett.
Central led early in Game 1 behind a Mitchell Gross home run in the first inning but were held scoreless until a Jonathan Bergmoser RBI in the seventh.
After a slow offensive start, North Gwinnett lit up the scoreboard with three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings behind 12 hits, including four doubles and a home run.
Central’s Jacob Ryan was the losing pitcher, allowing 11 hits and nine earned runs in five innings. Jake Hill allowed one hit in one inning on the mound.
Central led early again in Game 2 with three runs in the bottom of the second behind two walks, a North Gwinnett error and RBI singles from Ryan and AJ Fiechter.
North Gwinnett responded quickly with three runs in the third.
Central reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning with four hits, including two doubles, but North Gwinnett added two runs in the fifth to lead 7-6. North Gwinnett added an insurance run in the seventh and secured the win with six straight outs.
Central compiled an 18-11 overall record this season.
North Forsyth swept by Parkview (8-6, 13-0): Defending state champions Parkview eliminated North Forsyth May 2 by sweeping the Raiders in a doubleheader.
Despite outhitting the Panthers 14-8 in Game 1, Parkview plated five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead and the Raiders’ comeback in the seventh fell short.
North put together five hits, including RBIs from Tyler Triche and Charlie Aiken, in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The Panthers responded quickly with a two-run double and three-run home run in the fifth to reclaim the lead.
Down to their final three outs, the Raiders’ Holton Payne hit a lead-off home run. After a Parkview error, Triche became the potential tying run and reached on a single. However, a strikeout and putout ended the Raiders’ comeback bid.
Anthony DiMola threw a complete game for North, allowing eight hits, seven earned runs and two home runs with four strikeouts.
After a tight Game 1, Parkview earned a decisive, 13-0 win over North in the second game of the doubleheader.
Parkview opened Game 2 with back-to-back home runs and added five runs in the second inning on four singles and another home run.
The Panthers plated six more runs and held North to just two hits in the five inning, run-rule shortened contest.
North Forsyth compiled an 18-14 overall record this season and won their first playoff series in three seasons.
Blessed Trinity sweeps LaGrange (4-0, 9-3): Blessed Trinity used a no-hitter from Eric Moore in Game 1 and scored nine runs in Game 2 to sweep LaGrange May 2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.
Moore’s no-hitter in Game 1 was a full-count ball away from a perfect game. The left-hander struck out seven with one walk.
All of BT’s offense in Game 1 came in the fourth inning with Steele Chambers hitting a lead-off shot to put the Titans up 1-0. DJ Radtke and Trey Baker each hit two-out singles to set up a three-run home run Michael Mitchler. BT’s four hits in the fourth were their only hits of the game.
The Titans had far more success at the plate in Game 2 and piled on 12 hits for a 9-3 win.
BT had multiple RBI performances from Ryan Davis, Jake Smith and Trey Baker. Davis batted 1-3 with a sacrifice bunt and hit into a fielder’s choice, Smith was 3-4 with two doubles and a triple, and Baker batted 3-4 with a double and triple.
Smith and Baker each had extra-base hits to put BT up 2-0 in the first inning. After Ryan Davis’ RBI sacrifice, a Baker double put the Titans up 4-1 in the third. BT added five more runs while Radtke allowed just two hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts in six innings.
Blessed Trinity faces the winner of Upson-Lee/Woodward Academy in the quarterfinals.
Demark sweeps St. Pius X (7-1, 8-3): Denmark’s standout inaugural season will continue into the quarterfinals with the Danes sweeping St. Pius X in a May 2 doubleheader.
Starting pitcher Dalton Hansard threw a complete Game 1, allowing eight hits and no earned runs with seven strikeouts.
The Danes were led offensively in Game 1 with a four-RBI performance from Trevor Byrk who batted 3-4 with a double and home run.
Matthew Cassandra also hit a home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning to give the Danes a 2-0 lead. The Danes extended the margin to 7-0 in the fifth inning with an RBI double from Jaxson Corr, a Carson Russell RBI single and Byrk’s three-run home run.
After three scoreless innings to open Game 2, the Danes took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a three-RBI double from Byrk and single from Sammy Leis.
St. Pius cut the margin to 4-3 in the top of the sixth, but Denmark seized on two hits to open the bottom of the sixth inning with three RBI singles and a sacrifice fly from Jack Kream.
Kream closed out the final inning on the mound allowing one hit. Jack Whitlock earned the start and gave up five hits and three earned runs in six innings.
Denmark will go on the road against West Laurens in the quarterfinals.
St. Francis falls to Savannah Country Day (12-11, 14-4): St. Francis’ successful season ended May 2 with the Knights dropping their series to No. 7 seed Savannah Country Day.
The Knights battled in a high-scoring Game 1 where both squads combined for 23 runs.
St. Francis plated nine runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-6 lead. Kyle Bork had an incredible inning for the Knights, hitting a lead-off home run before hitting a three-run home-run in his second plate appearance of the inning.
SCD reclaimed the lead and went up 12-9 in the fifth inning behind four hits, including a three-run home run.
The Knights cut the margin to 12-11 in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI double from Will Clark, but two strikeouts and a groundout ended St. Francis’ comeback bid in the seventh.
Clark pitched 4.1 innings allowing six hits and three earned runs. Carter Davies allowed two hits and two earned runs in 1.2 innings.
SCD put up more big offensive numbers in Game 2 with 14 runs off 13 hits.
St. Francis trailed 6-0 in the bottom of the third before a two-out rally cut the deficit to 6-4. Bork hit a home run and Bret Madren, Griffin Weaver and Clark hit doubles to plate four runners. However, the Knights were held to just two more hits in the remainder of the game while the Hornets continued to rack up runs.
St. Francis went 21-9 overall this season.
Fellowship Christian downs Mt. Vernon (8-1, 3-4, 12-5): Fellowship Christian advanced to the quarterfinals May 3 with a 12-5 win over Mt. Vernon in the decisive Game 3 of the series.
The Paladins jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning and kept scoring pace with Mt. Vernon over the last three innings.
Fellowship compiled 20 hits in the game. Isaac Bouton batted 4-5 with two RBIs, Preston Joye batted 3-4 with two RBIs and two doubles and Cameron Gill batted in three runners.
Matson Grose earned the win with a five-inning performance allowing nine hits and three earned runs.
Bouton threw a no-hitter in Game 1 to lead the Paladins’ 8-1 win. Bouton struck out 10 batters and had three walks in seven innings.
Bouton helped his own cause in the fourth inning with an RBI double and the Paladins added three more runs on two Mt. Vernon errors.
Grose earned his second RBI of the contest with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning along with RBI singles from Andrew Davidson and Luke Schmidt.
After taking Game 1 in decisive fashion, Fellowship fell short in a closely contested Game 2.
The Paladins trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning but tied the game on a David Bishop RBI single.
Mt. Vernon reclaimed the lead with two hits in the top of the seventh to go up 4-3. Fellowship stranded a runner in the bottom of the frame to force the do-or-die Game 3.
Fellowship will go on the road to take on Wesleyan in the second round.