The second week of May has brought about the start of the the postseason for many local programs.
In baseball, the second round series of the postseason took place on May 2 and the quarterfinals’ round starting on May 9. Starting with the Class A Private bracket, Wesleyan was given the sixth-overall seed and hosted King’s Ridge, the 11th seed, in the second round. The Tigers won the first contest 8-3 behind two RBIs each from Jake Phillips and Will Pittman who also had two hits. Blake Smith had a game-high three hits for King’s Ridge as well.
Wesleyan rebounded with a 15-9 win in the second contest as Carson Pavelec had a game-high five RBIs for the Wolves in the victory. Other standouts for Wesleyan were Charlie Taylor who had three RBIs and Stewart Stamper who posted three hits. Michael Wein had five RBIs and three hits for King’s Ridge.
The third and deciding game came down to the seventh inning. Trailing 6-2 heading into the top half, the Tigers scored four runs to tie the score. In the bottom of the inning, the Wolves scored the go-ahead run to secure the 7-6 victory and advance to the quarterfinals. Wesleyan will visit Tattnall Square in the next round.
Saint Francis was the 24th seed and visited Prince Avenue in the second round. The Knights dropped the first contest 7-6 despite three RBIs and three hits from Kyle Bork. Zach Nozick and Brian Orkin each had two hits for Saint Francis as well. The Knights lost the second contest 3-1 and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Fellowship Christian was the 13th seed and visited Holy Innocents’ in the second round. The Paladins dropped the first game 4-2 despite six innings pitched and six strikeouts from Kurtis Royalty along with three hits at the plate from Cam Gill. Fellowship also lost the second game by the same score and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Blessed Trinity has reached the Class AAAA quarters after sweeping Troup County in the second round. The Titans won the first game 3-2 as Steele Chambers had two hits while teammate Clark Dearman had four strikeouts in five innings of work on the mound. Blessed Trinity won the second contest 6-4 led by Jake Smith who had three RBIs and two hits along with teammate Ryan Davis who had three hits. The Titans hosted Columbus in the second round.
Alpharetta is in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals. The Raiders visited Alexander for its second-round series and won the first game 12-3 behind a game-high five RBIs and three hits from Santiago Montiel. Sam Stratton threw a complete game for Alpharetta and struck out three batters. The Raiders dropped the second game 5-0 to set up the decisive contest in game three.
Trailing 4-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, Alpharetta scored four runs to take the 5-4 lead. Alexander scored a run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score and take it into extra innings. Alpharetta scored one run in the top of the ninth and was able to hold the lead and take the series. Noah Mendlinger had two hits and two RBIs for the Raiders in the victory. Alpharetta faced Greenbrier in the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals of the boys’ soccer playoffs took place on May 5 and the state semifinals will be on May 9. Three local teams in Chattahoochee, Cambridge and Alpharetta are still in the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
The Cougars, who are the defending state champions, defeated Tucker 3-1 in the quarters. Chattahoochee’s opponent in the semifinals will be Alpharetta who earned a 2-1 road win at Glynn Academy in the quarterfinals.
Cambridge won its quarterfinals’ game over Greenbrier 5-0. John Crawley scored the first goal of the contest in the 21st minute off of an assist from Jarvin Ramirez. Omar Dhrif gave the Bears a 2-0 lead two minutes later and was assisted by John Barton.
In the second half, Barton’s goal in the 48th minute increased Cambridge’s lead to 3-0. A converted penalty kick by Jarvin Ramirez and Crawley’s second goal later in the half finished off the scoring for the Bears. Cambridge hosted Gainesville in the semifinals.
Blessed Trinity dropped its contest at Upson-Lee 4-3 in the Class AAAA quarterfinals. In the Class A quarters, Wesleyan fell to Atlanta International School 1-0 and Athens Academy defeated Fellowship Christian 2-1.
The quarterfinals of the girls’ soccer playoffs took place on May 5 and the state semifinals will be on May 9. Milton defeated Roswell 2-1 (3-2 PK) in the Class AAAAAAA quarters. The Eagles hosted Walton in its semifinals’ contest.
Alpharetta is in the state semifinals after a 3-0 home win over Grovetown in the quaters. The Raiders visited Johns Creek in the semifinals after the Gladiators’ 4-0 home win over Lakeside in the quarterfinals. Blessed Trinity advanced to the semifinals after a 4-0 home win against Columbus in the quaters. The Titans hosted St. Pius X in the semifinals. In the Class A quarterfinals, Mount Pisgah Christian fell to Athens Academy 3-1 and Wesleyan dropped its contest to First Presbyterian 2-0.
The Class 6A-7A boys’ lacrosse first round began on May 2 with the second round taking place on May 7-8. Cambridge defeated River Ridge 15-7 and visited North Gwinnett in the second round. Roswell won at Grayson 9-8 and hosted North Paulding in the second round. Centennial picked up a 22-3 first-round home win over North Cobb and hosted Etowah in the next round. Milton won at Harrison 15-6 in the first round and hosted Northview in the second round. Wesleyan visited Westminster in the first round of the Class A-AAAAA playoffs on May 7.
The Class 6A-7A girls’ lacrosse first round began on May 2 with the second round taking place on May 7-8. Alpharetta won at Creekview 13-4 and visited Northview in the second round. Centennial earned a 26-0 home win over North Cobb and hosted Walton in the second round. Cambridge defeated Harrison 17-6 and hosted North Gwinnett in its next contest. Milton won at home over Sequoyah 19-0 and hosted Johns Creek in the next round. Roswell won at Grayson 18-8 in the first round and visited Kennesaw Mountain in the second round.