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.
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.
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).
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
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
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