Four local teams enter state baseball playoffs this Friday

Wed, 05/07/2008 - 2:07pm
By: Michael Boylan

Starr’s Mill Panthers (17-9) vs. Northside, Warner Robins Eagles (19-5), 4:30 /7:30 p.m.

The Panthers have won four of their last five games, scoring 53 runs and allowing 21 in that span. Starr’s Mill scored in the double digits in 12 of their 17 wins this season and were only shutout twice. Overall, Starr’s Mill has outscored its opponents 230-122. The Panthers’ longest winning streak this season is five games.

Players to watch: Ken Jackson, Bryan Hasse, David Norman, Ed Cook, Danny Beadling, Drew Johnson.

Northside, Warner Robins has also won four of its last five games, outscoring its opponents 50-41 in that span. The Eagles have had two six-game winning streaks this season and have outscored their opponents 188-115.

McIntosh Chiefs (15-11) @ Jones County Greyhounds (20-4). 4:30/ 7 p.m.

The Chiefs ended the season on a hot streak, winning five of their last six games and outscoring their opponents 66-26 in that span. McIntosh got off to a bit of a slow start (2-6) but closed out the season with seven wins by double digit margins. They scored 256 runs this season and allowed 166.

Players to watch: Jake Tanis, Cameron Rich, Andrew Austin, Eric Weiss, Dwight Smith, David Pauley.

The Greyhounds have won 10 games in a row, scoring 108 runs and allowing 31 during the streak. Their last loss came a month ago at the hands of Northside, Warner Robins. Jones County has scored 237 runs this season and has allowed 104.

Sandy Creek Patriots (18-8) @ Stephens County Indians (20-5), TBA

The Patriots started the season with a seven-game winning streak and then lost five of their next six games. Since then, they have gone 10-3 and two of those losses were to teams that have reached the state playoffs. Sandy Creek has scored in the double digits 10 times this season and won all of those games, eight of which were ended early due to the mercy rule.

Players to watch: Blake Brewer, Russell Bonner, Braxton Lane, Craig Carroll, Nathan Bowen, Duncan Midkiff, Avery Anderson.

The Indians started the season with an 8-2 record and have won six of their last seven games, three of which ended early due to the mercy rule.

Landmark Christian War Eagles (18-6) vs. Wilkinson County Warriors (13-9), 4:30/7 p.m.

Landmark won five games in a row before losing to Chapel Hill 7-5 in the final game of the regular season. It was the third five-game winning streak of the season for the War Eagles, who have only two seniors and two juniors on their roster. The rest of the team is made up of a strong group of sophomores who have helped Landmark reach a Region 5-A title and the fourth spot in the most recent Class A baseball polls. Landmark Christian won 11 games in which they scored in the double digits and eight of those ended early due to the mercy rule. Landmark has scored 220 runs this season and allowed 79.

Players to watch: Michael Leonard, Luke Griffith, Tanner Bryant, Blake Austin, Colby Wren, Kyle Wren.

The Warriors are 3-2 over their last five games and they ended the regular season on a two-game losing streak. Five of the Warriors wins this season were shutouts and three of their losses were by one run. Wilkinson County has scored 166 runs this season and has allowed 98.

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