The end of April has brought about the conclusion of the baseball regular season along with the start of the tennis and soccer state playoffs for local programs competing for a state championship.
In baseball, Fellowship Christian picked up a 9-3 road win at Darlington on April 20 led by a combined no-hitter thrown by Issac Bouton and Tony Tarabicos. Bouton threw five innings and had four strikeouts while Tarabicos tossed two innings and had a strikeout. Offensively, Bouton and teammate Cody Tapley each had three RBIs and two hits.
St. Francis earned an 11-5 road win at Mount Zion on April 20. Zach Nozick had five strikeouts over five innings on the mound for the Knights in the victory while teammates Will Clark and Brooks Mitchell each had two hits. Matthew Fezza drove in two runs for St. Francis.
Mount Pisgah Christian picked up a 17-2 home win over Galloway on April 18. Charlie Smith had three hits and three RBIs in the victory for the Patriots. Other offensive performers for Mount Pisgah included Jake Schertell who had two hits and two RBIs and James Addaman with two hits.
King’s Ridge defeated Bowdon 5-1 in a home contest on April 19 led by a complete game from Jack Ward who had nine strikeouts over seven innings of work on the mound. Jake Phillips had a team-high two RBIs while Will Pittman had two hits.
Wesleyan earned a 9-1 home win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian on April 20. Wyatt Copeland threw six innings and had seven strikeouts for the Wolves in the victory. Charlie Taylor had a game-high three RBIs and two hits for Wesleyan while teammates Mark Tucker had two RBIs and Landon Parks had two hits.
Alpharetta will be in the Class AAAAAA playoffs as the second seed from Region 7AAAAAA. The Raiders concluded the regular season with a 4-3 region road loss to North Atlanta on April 20 despite two hits from Justin Kirby. Alpharetta hosts Lanier in its first-round series on April 26.
Cambridge also finds itself in the Class AAAAAA playoffs and will be the third seed from Region 7AAAAAA. The Bears earned a 7-6 region home win over Pope on April 20 as Teddy Egan and Ryan Todd each had three hits. Ross Friedrick and Andrew Spears each drew two walks at the plate for the Bears who open the postseason at Gainesville on April 26.
Centennial concluded its regular season with a 1-0 region home win over Northview on April 18 in eight innings. Britt Kelly threw a complete game and had seven strikeouts on the mound while having two hits as a batter. David Morgan drove in the game-winning run.
Chattahoochee won its region home game over Northview 3-2 on April 20. Mason List threw four innings and had four strikeouts on the mound while getting two hits and an RBI for the Cougars in the victory.
Blessed Trinity completed an undefeated run in region play with a 4-3 home win over West Hall on April 20. Jake Smith drew two walks at the plate CJ Abrams drove in the game-winning run. The Titans are the top seed out of Region 7AAAA and open the Class AAAA playoffs at home against Stephens County on April 26.
Roswell earned an at-large bid in the Class AAAAAAA playoffs following a 3-1 region home win over Walton on April 20. Luke Osthoff had eight strikeouts over 6.1 innings of work for the Hornets in the victory. Brady Decan drove in all three runs for Roswell while teammate Noah King drew two walks. Roswell visits Newnan for its first-round postseason series starting on April 26.
Milton will also be in the Class AAAAAAA playoffs following its 5-1 home win over West Forsyth in Region 5AAAAAAA play on April 20. Ben Harris struck out eight batters over 3.1 innings of work on the mound for the Eagles in the victory. John Morgan drove in two runs for Milton which is the third seed from the region and visits North Gwinnett on April 26.
The prep soccer playoffs will begin on April 25. The first round of the boys’ soccer playoffs, includes Fellowship Christian hosts Holy Innocents’, Wesleyan hosts Bowdon, King’s Ridge visits Paideia, Blessed Trinity visits Oconee County, Cambridge hosts Lanier, Chattahoochee hosts Habersham Central, Alpharetta visits Dacula, Milton visits Collins Hill and Roswell hosts North Cobb.
In girls’ soccer, Mount Pisgah hosts Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Wesleyan hosts Trion, Blessed Trinity hosts Oconee County, Alpharetta visits Dacula and Milton hosts North Gwinnett.