Arabia Mountain, Chamblee Sweep First Round Opponents

Tucker's Clay Dodson dives back to first against Lakeside Evans. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Tucker’s Clay Dodson dives back to first against Lakeside Evans. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Arabia Mountain and Chamblee came away with sweeps in their Class 5A first round state playoff series on Friday.

The Rams (22-6) swept Riverwood (13-16) 7-2 and 11-3 to take their best-of-three series and move into the second round of the state playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Rams defeated Villa Rica in a tough three game series last year.

Jordan Sterling struck out six while allowing only 4 hits and one earned run in the first game 7-2 win. Corey King improved to 6-0 on the season as the Rams pulled away from a 3-2 advantage to the eight-run victory of 11-3 to complete the sweep.

Arabia Mountain won Region 5-5A for the second consecutive season host Flowery Branch (18-15) which defeated Villa Rica on the road in three games by scores of 1-0, 8-10 and 6-3. The first two games of the second-round series are on Thursday, May 3 with a 2:00 pm start. A possible third game would be on Friday at 5:00 pm.

The Rams 22 wins is the most in a season for the program and the second consecutive year with 20 or more wins (21 in 2017).

Chamblee hosted Maynard Jackson (16-11) in its Class 5A first round best-of-three series and came away with a 10-5, 16-3 series sweep.

The Bulldogs had some early errors and walks to open the first game and quickly found themselves down 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Chamblee (24-8) picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth and with the bases loaded Travis Hammond roped a line drive over the left field fence for a grand slam to knot the game at 5-5 heading to the fifth inning.

The game was tied in the bottom of the sixth and Chamblee’s Hunter Flowers came to plate with the bases juiced. Flowers delivered a bases clearing double to give the Bulldogs their first lead on the way to the 10-5 win.

Chamblee was up 5-2 in the third inning but added six more runs to extend the lead to 11-2 in the fourth on the way to the 16-3 game-clinching victory in game 2 at Chamblee.

The 24 wins this season is an all-time best for the Bulldogs which set the previous record just a year ago with 22.

Chamblee goes on the road to play the Carrollton (26-7) which had to go three games to defeat Walnut Grove in the opening round by scores of 9-1, 1-4 and 10-6 to advance to the Sweet 16. The best-of-three series starts with a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 pm on Thursday with an if needed third game on Friday at 5:30 pm.

In other Class 5A state playoffs action, Southwest DeKalb (16-9) was eliminated as North Springs (16-14) swept their series 10-2 and 18-0 while Decatur knocked off Lithonia 10-0 and 5-1 to win that series.

Class 3A
A Class 3A top 10 battle is going to a third game as No. 6 Redan recovered from a tough 2-1 loss in the opener with No. 1 Ringgold to force the third and deciding game with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap. Ringgold jumped out early in the third game and held off the Raiders 13-6 to end Redan’s season. The Raiders finished the season 22-9 overall.

Class 6A
All three DeKalb entries in the Class 6A playoffs were eliminated 2-0.

Tucker (17-13) despite having early leads in both games lost 12-6 and 12-2 to Lakeside-Evans (15-11). Lakeside had four homers in the first game including a three-run shot by Will Childers that extended a 7-3 lead to 10-3. Tucker held a 2-1 lead in the third inning of the second game before allowing 11 runs to end the Tigers’ season.

Stephenson (15-13-1) went on the road to Greenbrier and dropped both games by scores of 8-0 and 14-1 to wrap up the Jaguars season. Dunwoody also dropped two straight on the day as the Wildcats (14-17) lost 3-2 and 10-5 to Winder-Barrow (21-10).

Class 7A
The Lakeside Vikings (14-14) also saw their season come to an end with losses of 9-1 and 13-5 on the road at Grayson (21-11).

DCSD Baseball State Playoffs Schedule
Friday, 4/27
Class 7A (Doubleheader)
Grayson (21-11) 9, Lakeside (14-14) 1
Grayson (21-11) 13, Lakeside (14-14) 5
Grayson wins series 2-0

Class 6A (Doubleheader)
Lakeside-Evans (15-11) 12, Tucker (17-13) 6
Lakeside-Evans (15-11) 12, Tucker (17-13) 2
Lakeside-Evans wins series 2-0

Greenbrier (22-7) 8, Stephenson (15-13-1) 0
Greenbrier (22-7) 14, Stephenson (15-13-1) 1
Greenbrier wins series 2-0

Winder-Barrow (21-10) 3, Dunwoody (14-17) 2
Winder-Barrow (21-10) 10, Dunwoody (14-17) 5
Winder-Barrow wins series 2-0

Class 5A (Doubleheader)
Arabia Mountain (22-6) 7, Riverwood (13-16) 2
Arabia Mountain (22-6) 11, Riverwood (13-16) 3
Arabia Mountain wins series 2-0

Chamblee (24-8) 10, Maynard Jackson (16-11) 5
Chamblee (24-8) 16, Maynard Jackson (16-11) 3
Chamblee wins series 2-0

North Springs (16-14) 10, SW DeKalb (16-9) 2
North Springs (16-14) 10, SW DeKalb (16-9) 2
North Springs wins series 2-0

Decatur (26-5) 10, Lithonia (13-13) 0
Decatur (26-5) 5, Lithonia (13-13) 1
Decatur wins series 2-0

Class 4A (Doubleheader)
Cross Creek (17-8) 5, Druid Hills (15-13) 4
Cross Creek (17-8) 11, Druid Hills (15-13) 1
Cross Creek wins series 2-0

Class 3A (Doubleheader)
Ringgold (27-5) 2, Redan (22-8) 1
Redan (22-8) 8, Ringgold (27-5) 1
Series ties at 1-1

Saturday, 4/28
Class 3A (Series tied 1-1)
Ringgold (28-5) 13, Redan (22-9) 6

DCSD BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 3
Class 5A Second Round
Flowery Branch (18-15) at Arabia Mountain (22-6), DH, 2:00 pm
Chamblee (24-8) at Carrollton (26-7), DH, 4:00 pm

Friday, May 4
Class 5A (if necessary)
Flowery Branch (18-15) at Arabia Mountain (22-6), 5:00 pm
Chamblee (24-8) at Carrollton (26-7), 5:30 pm

2018-05-02T12:01:20+00:00April 28th, 2018|