Class A Private
Matchup: Hebron Christian (13-11) vs. Darlington (21-4)
Series info: The best-of-three series begins with a doubleheader today. The first game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Saturday.
Seeding: Hebron Christian is the No. 12-team in the Class A Private-School; Darlington is the No. 5-team in the Class A Private-School Bracket.
The skinny on the Lions: This has been somewhat of a down year for the Lions, who have been a powerhouse the past couple of years in Class A. Despite graduating a lot of talent from last year’s team, the Lions are a dangerous team that has plenty of playoff experience. The Lions have put Darlington out of the playoffs the past two seasons (beating the Tigers at home in 2011, and at Hebron in 2012).
The skinny on the Tigers: The Tigers have been one of the most potent and consistent teams in Floyd County this season. They are a senior led team, with seven on the roster, that contribute more than just numbers to the Tigers team. Those seniors, along with all the other Tigers, are ready to get over the Hebron Christian hump, and finally move past them and onward in this first season of the Class A playoff brackets being divided in between public and private schools.
RN-T Predication: Darlington wins in three games
Match-up: Greater Atlanta Christian (12-13) at Pepperell (23-2)
Series info: The best of three series begins with today’s doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Saturday.
Seeding: GAC is the No. 4-seed from Region 6-AA; Pepperell is No. 1 seed from 7-AA.
The skinny on the Spartans: The Spartans are making their first appearance in the state baseball playoffs since 2008. GAC didn’t have the best region record (4-8) but they have seen their fair share of tough teams in 6-AA (and also played some stiff non-region games), and they should be a tough test for the Dragons.
The skinny on Dragons: The Dragons are one of the hottest teams in the state, winning their last 19 straight games to cap off one the best seasons in Pepperell baseball history. They went undefeated through 7-AA to bring home the region crown, and dethroned perennial 7-AA champion Calhoun. The Dragons are running on all cylinders, and hoping the momentum will continue and hope to extend their streak while advancing to the next round.
RN-T Predication: Pepperell wins in three games
Matchup: Wesleyan (16-9) vs. Coosa (16-7)
Series info: The best-of-three series begins with today’s doubleheader. The first game is scheduled at 1 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Saturday.
Seeding: Wesleyan is the No. 3-seed from Region 6-AA; Coosa is the No. 2-seed from Region 7-AA.
The skinny on the Wolves: The Wolves are no stranger to the state baseball playoffs and this team has plenty of talent to go with that experience. Besides playing in the tough 6-AA Region, the Wolves also had a challenging non-region schedule as well. The Wolves are giving up an average of only three runs per game, while putting up an average of eight runs a game.
The skinny on the Eagles: Coach Gus Bell, who is stepping down at the end of the season to focus exclusively on his softball coaching duties, has certainly left his mark on the Eagles program, and has turned the Eagles into a state tournament regular. Despite graduating a lot of talent from last season’s team that made the second round of the Class AA playoffs, Bell guided this year’s team to the No. 2-seed from 7-AA for the second straight season. If the Eagles pitching staff can keep runs allowed low like they have all season, and if the Eagles timely hitting continues to pay off, then this could be a very fun low-scoring series to see.
RN-T Predication: Coosa wins in three games
Match-up: Model (10-11) at Westminster (18-8)
Series info: The best-of-three series begins with today’s doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 4 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Saturday.
Seeding: Model is the No. 4-seed from 7-AA; Westminster is the No. 1 seed from 6-AA.
The skinny on Blue Devils: The Devils secured their spot in the state playoffs on the final day of region play by beating Chattooga 10-8. First-year coach Brett White and his Blue Devils are thrilled to be in the playoffs, but they don’t want to just be one and done. The Devils have a tough task ahead of them, and they are going to have to keep the game low scoring to stay with the Wildcats.
The skinny on the Wildcats: The Wildcats went 10-2 in Region 6-AA play to claim the region title and No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. The Wildcats rely on their pitching to keep opponents off the board, while their offense puts up six runs a game on average. The Wildcats are led by seven seniors and a big group of juniors who make plenty of contributions. This veteran team doesn’t want to leave the state tournament in the first round like they did last season.
RN-T Predication: Westminster wins in three games
FOR GREATER ROME TEAMS:
Adairsville at North Oconee (DH), 3 p.m.
Sonoraville at Franklin County (DH), 4:30 p.m.
Calhoun at Lovett (DH), 5:30 p.m.
Trion at Hawkinsville