Arabia Mountain Rams pitcher Corey King cames up big for the Rams with a complete game victory on the mound to earn a split with Flowery Branch in their Class 5A best-of-three series at Arabia Mountain on Thursday.
The Rams (23-7) needed a big game from King after dropping a tough 7-6 decision in the series opener to fall behind 1-0.
King gave up just one earned in the seven innings and also went 2 for 3 at the plate to aid his own cause.
The victory forces a Game 3 with Flowery Branch (19-16) set for a 5:00 pm start on Friday at Arabia Mountain.
Arabia Mountain fell behind 7-2 in the opener and rallied to within 7-6 after loading the bases with no out in the bottom of the seventh. Four runs crossed the plate, but with two-out and a runner on first a ground ball ended the game giving Flowery Branch the chance to close out the series.
Chamblee traveled to Carrollton for their Class 5A best-of-three series and opened with an 8-6 victory to take a 1-0 lead.
Carrollton bounced back in the nightcap to win 15-0 to send the series to a third game on Friday. Chamblee returns to Carrollton for a 5:30 pm start to the series rubber match.
DCSD BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 3
Class 5A Second Round
Flowery Branch (19-16) 7, Arabia Mountain (23-7) 6
Arabia Mountain (23-7) 4, Flowery Branch (19-16) 2
Series tied at 1-1
Chamblee (25-9) 8, Carrollton (27-8) 6
Carrollton (27-8) 15, Chamblee (25-9) 0
Series tied 1-1
Friday, May 4
Class 5A – Game 3
Flowery Branch (19-16) at Arabia Mountain (23-7), 5:00 pm
Chamblee (25-9) at Carrollton (27-8), 5:30 pm