Final Class AA news and notes

Posted 4/24/16


It took some time for Benedictine to get rolling but the Cadets are the hottest team in Class AA after winning 16 in a row. Benedictine finished off its Region 2-AA slate by pounding Groves, McIntosh County Academy and Vidalia last week by a combined score of 38-1.

Benedictine's last loss came on March 5 in an 8-5 setback to defending Class AA state champion Wesleyan. Chipper Wiley and Seth Shellhamer have been the team's top pitchers.
Jeff Davis finished as the No. 2 seed, while Bacon County earned the No. 3 seed. Bryan County finished fourth.
Bacon County ended the region schedule with a pair of victories over Bryan County. The Raiders took a 4-1 victory behind Tyler Altman's complete game. He allowed just one run on two hits. Anascio Washington went 2 for 3 to lead the offense. Then the Raiders closed with a 12-2 victory in five innings behind Jacob Carver's pitching performance. Dalton Spires led the offense, going 3 for 4.

In Region 1-AA, after a slow start, Berrien rebounded to win the region. The Rebels started the season 1-4 against much larger competition but rebounded to finish 18-7. Thomasville earned the No. 2 seed, while Early County will be making its first postseason appearance in 11 years as the No. 3 seed. Fitzgerald is the No. 4 seed.

Metter claimed the Region 3-AA title last week. Harlem finished as the second seed, while East Laurens and Screven County finished as the third and fourth seeds respectively.

Keep an eye on Lamar County. The Trojans, under the firection of first-year coach Mike Oberg, cracked the final rankings after winning the Region 4-AA title. The Trojans finished the regular season with a 17-7 record.
Bleckley County had to beat Macon County Friday night to earn the region's No. 2 seed. The Royals did that in a 7-4 victory. Pitcher Ty Edge shut down Macon to earn the victory, while Chance Pittman went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Carter Raffield also went 3 for 4 with a double to pace the offense.
Monticello claimed the third seed, while Crawford County finished as the No. 4 seed.

Bowdon flirted with a perfect regular season. However, the Red Devils lost 13-0 to Heard County in their final game to finish with a 25-1 record. Bremen will finish as the second seed, while Heard County is the third seed. Manchester earned the fourth seed.

The dust finally cleared in Region 6-AA with Wesleyan finishing as the region champion for the second straight season. Greater Atlanta Christian held on to finish as the second seed.
Lovett took a trio of games from Holy Innocents and claimed the third seed, while Holy Innocents made the playoffs as the fourth seed.

The reward for Holy Innocents is a trip to Chickamauga to face top-ranked Gordon Lee in the first round of the postseason. The Trojans earned the top seed and the Region 7-AA crown after Coosa cut down Darlington 10-5 on Tuesday, then Gordon Lee hammered Darlington 14-1 on Thursday to complete a perfect record in region play.
Tucker Bradley earned the victory on the mound and went 4 for 4 to lead the offense. Bradley hit for the cycle and finished with six RBIs.
Darlington finished as the second seed, while Model and Coose finished third and fourth respectively.

After Union County and Social Circle finished with identical records in region play, Union County won the tie-breaker to capture the region crown, while Social Circle finished second. Rabun County finished as the third seed, while Oglethorpe County claimed the fourth and final seed.