Tuesday's state championship series recap

Posted 5/21/19

Tattnall Square won its second straight Class 1A Private state title and third in four years with a sweep

of Savannah Christian Tuesday night at Grayson Stadium.


Tuesday's state championship series recap


Class 4A Championship Series
G1: Northside-Columbus 7, Denmark 6
G2: Northside-Columbus 11, Denmark 2

Northside-Columbus captured its first state baseball championship Tuesday night at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, sweeping a pair of games from Denmark.

The Patriots (32-8) scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Danes in Game 1.   Connor O'Neal went 3-for-4 and Colton Joyner went 2-for-3 to lead Northside's offensive attack.

But the biggest blow for Denmark came in the bottom of the fourth when Northside's Walt McConnell cleared the bases with a three-run double to help the Patriots tie the Game at 5.

Trevor Bryk led Denmark with three hits, while Jack Kream, JJ Corr and Nick Ferrer finished with two hits apiece.

After Northside rallied for the Game 1 win, the Patriots built an early 2-0 lead in the second game and never looked back enroute to an 11-2 victory and the series sweep.

Pitcher Conner Sizemore earned the complete-game victory allowing two runs on five hits. Joyner went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the offense.

Denmark coach David Smart coached at Northside until 2014 when he left for the head baseball job at LaGrange. Current Northside coach Dee Miller was Smart's assistant when the two coached at Northside.

Denmark (21-19), after finishing as the No. 4 seed from Region 7, made the state championship series in its inaugural season. The Danes were attempting to join Greenbrier High School (1997) as the only two teams in GHSA history to win a state baseball title in its first year of existence.


Class 3A Championship Series
G1: Pike County 5, Pace Academy 4
G2: Pike County 7, Pace Academy 4


It took eight innings in both games for Pike County to sweep Pace Academy and win its first state baseball title. The Pirates snapped Pace's 21-game winning streak and handed the Knights' their first losses of the 2019 playoffs.

In Game 1, Coleman Boynton's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth scored courtesy runner Aidan Whitley for the game-winning run. The game featured a top-notch pitching duel between Pace Academy's TJ Rafeedie and Pike's Coleman Crow, who struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings.

Noah Windhorst went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Boynton and Davis York had two hits apiece to lead the Pirates (34-4).

Deuce Jordan, Mitchell O'Berry and Jayden Thomas led the Knights (26-8) with two hits each.

In Game 2, Pike reliever Chad Davis pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth to help the Pirates sweep.

Pace Academy had scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. But in the top of the eighth, Pike scored four runs highlighted by Dylan Garner's two-run single before Davis closed the door.

Garner, Luke Alpough and York led the Pirates at the plate with two hits each.

Pace Academy was seeking its first state baseball title since winning three in a row from 1993-95. Brian Zeldin and Zachary Howard led Pace at the plate with two hits each in Game 2.


Class 1A Private Championship Series
G1: Tattnall Square 11, Savannah Christian 1
G2: Tattnall Square 11, Savannah Christian 0


On the same field where Savannah Christian swept Tattnall Square to win the 2017 Class 1A Private School state baseball championship, Tattnall got even Tuesday night with a sweep of the Raiders in a rematch at Grayson Stadium in Savannah.

The Trojans (35-3) won their second straight state title and third in four years with a dominating performance. Since joining the GHSA in 2015, Tattnall Square has been in the semifinal round or state championship series every season.

In a six-inning 11-1 victory in Game 1, Tattnall Square starting pitcher Brooks Gorman allowed a run on seven hits. He also led the offense by going 3-for-4 at the plate. Bo Hatcher also had two hits.

The loss for Savannah Christian in Game 1 spoiled solid offensive efforts from Cam Crosby (3-for-3, double) and Jarrett Brown (2-for-3).

Tattnall rode its momentum to a shutout in the nightcap. Pitchers Dawson Brown and Carter Fink combined on a five-hitter. Fink and Trey Ham finished with two hits each to lead the offense.

Savannah Christian finished its season at 28-9.