Weekly news and notes for week ending April 9, 2016

Posted 4/10/16


Evans High School’s state-record 61-game winning streak is safe – at least for a little while longer.

Teurlings (La.) Catholic broke a 5-all tie with a solo, walk-off homer on Friday to down Blessed Trinity 6-5 Friday afternoon, the first loss of the season for Blessed Trinity.

The two-time defending Class AAA state champions had won 18 straight games to start the season. They finished the 2015 season on a 31-game winning streak and were riding a 49 straight wins before Teurlings.
Evans holds the state’s longest winning streak, winning 61 games from 1988-90 under longtime coach Terry Holder.

TWO UNBEATENS REMAIN: Blessed Trinity’s loss on Friday means that only two teams in the state are unbeaten – Franklin County is 21-0 in Class AAA, while Bowdon is 19-0 in Class AA.

The Lions took a pair of victories over East Hall last week and have three region games remaining with Fannin County. Franklin will visit Fannin on April 19, then play host to Rebels in a doubleheader on April 22.

Bowdon has seven more games left, including a trio of Region 5-AA games left with Temple before closing the season with a trio of games against preseason favorite Heard County.

LEE COUNTY OPENS LEAD: In Region 1-AAAAAA, the four playoff teams are set with Lee County in firm control of the standings. The Trojans have a three-game region lead over Colquitt County, Tift County and Valdosta (who have clinched postseason berths) with four region games left. They hold tie-breakers over Valdosta and Tift County by virtue of head-to-head victories.

Lee County can clinch the region crown with victories over Lowndes on Tuesday and against Valdosta on Friday.

REGION 8-AAAA TOPSY-TURVY: The best baseball in any region across the state may be played in Region 8-AAAA. Last season, Buford rolled through the region unscathed on its way to a the state championship. This season, the Wolves lead with one region loss after Madison County pinned a 9-8 setback on Buford last Monday behind a solid pitching performance from Dylan Gentry, Zack Kerns and Wyatt Wood. Golston Gillespie finished 2 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs to lead the offense.

But Buford rebounded to beat the Raiders 10-2 on Wednesday, then North Oconee upended Madison 5-2 on Friday behind Kumar Rocker and Tristan Thompson. Tanner Green went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs to pace the Titans' offense.

North Oconee is currently second with a pair of region losses, while North Hall is third and Madison County is fourth.

WALTON GETS EVEN WITH POPE: Two two weeks after Pope embarrassed Cobb County rival Walton 16-1, the Raiders got even with Pope on Friday. They scored four runs in the top of the sixth to cut the score to a one-run deficit, then plated six runs in the top of the seventh on their way to a 10-5 victory.