A pair of DeKalb baseball programs are vying for a spot in their respective Elite 8 state playoffs with best-of-three series.
Redan (21-11) opens up first after the Class 3A playoff series against No. 9 ranked Fannin County (23-6) was moved up to today (Wednesday) with a 5:00 pm doubleheader in Blue Ridge due to expected bad weather. The if game is set for Thursday with a time to be announced.
The Raiders reached the Sweet 16 with a tough three-game road series at Morgan County last week. Redan dropped the series opener to Morgan County 12-11 after having a late lead, but bounced back to tie the series with a 6-5 win in 10 innings in the nightcap. The following day the Raiders jumped ahead 8-4 only to fall behind 10-9 before rallying and holding on for a 13-11 victory to get the series victory.
Fannin County swept its opening series with Haralson County 9-1 and 15-0 to reach the second round.
The Southwest DeKalb Panthers (18-4) broke a 41-year drought in state playoff competition with their first series victory since 1978 as they defeated Clarke Central 16-6 twice in their Class 5A series opening doubleheader to sweep and move on to the Sweet 16.
A second round host date with No. 10 ranked Riverwood (23-4) which had to go three games to defeat East Paulding and advance to the second round.
The doubleheader is set for a 2:00 pm start on Thursday (May 2) at Southwest DeKalb with the third game, if necessary, set for Friday at 5:00 pm.
DCSD BASEBALL STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 1
Redan (21-11) at Fannin Co. (23-6), 5:00 pm (DH)
Thursday, May 2
Riverwood (23-4) at SW DeKalb (18-4), 2:00 pm (DH)
Class 3A (if necessary)
Redan (21-11) at Fannin Co. (23-6), 5:00 pm
Friday, May 3
Class 5A (if necessary)
Riverwood (23-4) at SW DeKalb (18-4), 5:00 pm