Don Daniel

Wesleyan baseball player Don Daniel prepares to swing during at-bat earlier this season.

The midpoint of May has seen the continuation of the state playoffs for local programs still competing for a title in baseball, soccer and lacrosse.

The Georgia High School Association Baseball state playoffs has reached the semifinals which will take place on May 14. Wesleyan is in the Class A Private semis after winning its quarterfinals’ victory over Fellowship Christian. The Wolves won the first contest 5-4 in eight innings led by three hits including the game-winner, and two RBIs from Don Daniel. Garrett Hauenstein and Cameron Gill each had two hits while teammate Issac Bouton threw seven innings and posted 10 strikeouts for the Paladins in the defeat.

Fellowship responded with a 6-4 win in the second contest to even the series. Gill had two RBIs while Preston Joye threw a complete game with four strikeouts for the victory. James McCoy and Cooper Blauser each had two runs batted in and two hits for Wesleyan in the loss.

The Wolves secured the series with a 20-6 victory the third and decisive game. McCoy posted a game-high five hits and three RBIs while Charlie Taylor and Daniel each had three hits. Taylor and Jones also each had five runs batted in.

Wesleyan is the third overall seed and defeated North Cobb Christian in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Next up for the Wolves is a road series against Savannah Christian, the second seed, in the semifinals.

Two local teams vying for a state title in Class AAAA face each other in the semifinals. First up is Blessed Trinity, the top seed from Region 7AAAA. The Titans advanced after a 2-1 series win over Woodward Academy in the quarterfinals. The first contest went to Blessed Trinity by the score of 7-2 led by Eric Moore who threw a complete game with seven strikeouts on the mound in the victory. Trey Baker had a game-high four RBIs along with two hits for the Titans. Jake Smith and CJ Abrams each had two hits in the victory.

After dropping the second game of the series to Woodward, Blessed Trinity booked its place in the semis with a 2-1 victory in the decisive contest. Abrams had two hits while teammate Steele Chambers posted an RBI in the victory. Joseph Chambers threw 5.1 innings and posted two strikeouts on the mound for the Titans to earn the win.

Blessed Trinity will meet first-year program and region rival Denmark in the semis. The Danes are the fourth seed from Region 7AAAA and defeated West Laurens 2-1 in the quarterfinals’ series to advance. Denmark won the first contest of the series 9-1 as Dalton Hansard threw a complete game with five strikeouts in the victory. Carson Russell had a game-high four hits while teammates Jaxson Corr and Matthew Cassandra each had three hits. Gray Wilson drew three walks.

The Danes dropped the second contest of the series by the score of 10-6 to force a decisive third and deciding game. Denmark scored all seven of its runs over the final two innings to earn the 7-2 victory. Cassandra threw a complete game with five strikeouts for the win.

The GHSA boys playoffs has reached the in the Class A Private competition and the semifinals for the rest of the classifications.

The Class A Private finals will include two local squads in Wesleyan and Whitefield Academy. The Wolves are the top seed from Area 8 and picked up a 2-1 win over Atlanta International School in the semifinals on May 8. The WolfPack are the top seed from Area 6 and defeated Walker 5-0 in the semis on the same day. The state title game will take place on May 16.

Cambridge is in the Class AAAAAA semis after defeating Lakeside (Evans) 2-1 in the quarters on May 8. Two first-half goals including one on a penalty kick from Christian Guzman secured the victory for the Bears. Next up for Cambridge, the third seed from Region 7AAAAAA, is a match at Gainesville on May 14.

Milton is also in the semifinals for Class AAAAAAA. The Eagles are the second seed from Region 5AAAAAAA and defeated Roswell 1-0 in the quarterfinals on May 8. Milton now visits Lakeside (DeKalb) in the semis on May 14.

Wesleyan’s girls team is also in the Class A Private finals. The Wolves defeated Holy Innocents’ 3-0 on May 7 at home in the semifinals led by two first-half goals by Lucy Mitchell. Ashley Cowart added a second half goal and goalkeeper Izzy Larsen posted a shutout to secure the victory. The Wolves, who are the second seed from Area 8A, will face Pinecrest Academy on May 16 for the state championship.

Blessed Trinity sees its girls’ team in the Class AAAA semifinals after a 5-1 win at Eastside in the quarters on May 7. The Titans are the third seed from Region 7AAAA and will visit St. Pius X in their next contest on May 14.

Johns Creek has its girls’ team in the semis as well following a 4-0 home win over Lakeside (Evans) on May 7. The Gladiators visit Harrison on May 14.

The GHSA Lacrosse state playoffs has also reached the semifinals which take place on May 14 and 15. The Class 6A-7A boys’ bracket features Centennial which defeated West Forsyth 14-4 in the quarters. The Knights, the second seed from Area 1, will visit Walton in their next contest. Blessed Trinity secured its spot in the Class A-5A boys’ semis with a 11-6 home victory over Greater Atlanta Christian. The Titans, the top seed from Area 5, host Westminster in their next match.

The Class A-5A girls’ bracket features two local teams in the semis. Blessed Trinity is the top seed from Region 5 and defeated Kell at home 10-9 in the quarterfinals. The Titans host McIntosh in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket sees Fellowship Christian, the second seed from Area 5, visiting Starr’s Mill in the semis. The Paladins earned their spot with a 12-9 win at Marist in the quarters.

Milton is the top seed from Area 2 and is in the Class 6A-7A semifinals after a 19-3 win over Mountain View in the quarterfinals. The Eagles visit North Paulding in their next match.

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