GHSA baseball state championship series: A look at Columbus High's 18 previous trips to finals

May 27, 2012 

Columbus High is 11-7 in 18 previous trips to the state baseball championship series. The Blue Devils are 25-15 in 40 games played in those finals.

They are 7-4 at home, including 1-1 on campus, 1-1 at Golden Park and 5-2 at Columbus State. Columbus is 4-3 in final series played on the road.

May 30-31, 2011

Spalding 18-2, Columbus 1-12

Columbus 19, Spalding 9

at Randy Jordan Field

All 10 of Columbus' previous state championship series wins had been sweeps. The Blue Devils were 0-3 in Game 3s until routing top-ranked Spalding. This championship also marked the first one won on campus.

Will Solomon kept the Blue Devils alive with his Game 2 win.

May 31, 2010

Columbus 2-13, Ringgold 1-6

at Columbus State

Columbus finally got its 10th state championship after losing in its past three finals appearances.

Kyle Carter won Game 1, then hit two homers in Game 2. JT Phillips came on in relief and won Game 2.

May 29-30, 2009

Columbus 9-11, Cartersville 4-11

Cartersville 10, Columbus 7

at Cartersville

Cartersville won its second straight state championship with a five-run fifth inning in Game 3.

Freshman Kyle Carter hit three homers in Game 1. Bryce Dial hit four homers in the series.

June 1, 2007

Dunwoody 7-6, Columbus 5-0

at Randy Jordan Field

Columbus made its fifth straight appearance in the finals. The Blue Devils' first final on its home field didn't turn out the way they had hoped. Surprise starter Brant Hillis blanked the Blue Devils inGame 2 and also hit a homer. Hillis had pitched only 13 innings all season prior to Game 2.

June 2, 2006

Blessed Trinity 1-2, Columbus 0-1

at Golden Park

The Blue Devils' attempt for a three-peat was stopped by Blessed Trinity. Columbus managed just three hits in the opener, then made some late-game mistakes to lose Game 2.

June 8, 2005

Columbus 10-9, Shaw 2-1

at Golden Park

For the second time in five years, cross-town rivals Columbus and Shaw met in the state finals. This time, Columbus won with a sweep before a crowd of almost 2,100.

Iain Sebastian went 6-for-6 with three RBIs in Game 1. Columbus pulled off three straight suicide squeeze bunts in Game 2.

June 4, 2004

Columbus 11-9, Northgate 0-1

at Newnan

The Blue Devils won their eighth state title by limiting Northgate to one run on five hits in the two games.

Pitchers Iain Sebastian and Brad Rulon led Columbus, which finished the season 35-2.

June 6-9, 2003

Columbus 18-6, Marist 3-10

Marist 4, Columbus 1

at Atlanta

Marist's Joel Reeves allowed one run on four hits in Game 3 as Marist defeated Columbus.

In Game 1, the Blue Devils used 14 hits to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. Iain Sebastian went 3-for-4. However, in Game 2, Marist's Josh Darby slugged a three-run homer in the top of the 10th to give the War Eagles a split.

May 31, 2001

Shaw 11-2, Columbus 10-1

at Columbus State

After getting swept by Columbus in its two regular-season meetings, Shaw returned the favor by sweeping the Blue Devils. Shaw's Nick Long, who picked up the save inGame 1, earned the victory in Game 2. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Patrick Jenkins singled.

May 24, 2000

Columbus 4-15, Marist 3-0

at Columbus State

Zack Watson pitched a complete game in Game 1, striking out nine batters and allowing the War Eagles just seven hits, but the Blue Devils had to rally for the win. In Game 2, Columbus used an 11-hit attack, led by David Mann, Garrett Groce and Ryan Dean, to win the state title..

May 24, 1996

Columbus 15-5, Hardaway 2-1

at Columbus State

Columbus became the eighth team in Georgia to win three straight state titles after beating cross-town rival Hardaway. Game 1 starter Brent Schoening allowed just two hits, while Jason Hilton went 3-for-3 with five RBIs. In Game 2, Mike Parkerson struck out 10 and allowed just five hits for the win.

May 26, 1995

Columbus 10-9, Duluth 2-4

at Duluth

Columbus defended its Class AAA state title and earned its fourth championship in five seasons behind solid pitching and an explosive offense.

David Mann went 5-for-5 to lead a 21-hit attack in the opener. The Blue Devils then won Game 2 with help from Scott Kingston's five RBIs.

May 18, 1994

Columbus 5-2, Marist 4-1

at Columbus State

Scot Hemmings tied Game 2 when he stole home. Then, in the top seventh, Scott Kingston ripped a line-drive RBI single to score pinch-runner Chris Paulson.

In Game 1, after a four-run Blue Devils rally, Jarrod Kingrey hit a solo homer to give Columbus the lead for good.

May 21, 1992

Columbus 8-19, Madison County 5-5

at Columbus State

The Blue Devils clinched their second straight Class AAA title and gave coach Bobby Howard his 300th victory with a10-run fourth-inning eruption in Game 2. Twelve consecutive batters reached safely against three Madison County pitchers.

May 22, 1991

Columbus 8-4, Winder-Barrow 4-3

at Winder

Left-hander Kevin Smith finished a 17-0 season in decisive fashion, picking up wins in both games of the Class AAA championship series. Smith, who wonGame 2 in relief of starter Tommy Montgomery, pitched in each of the Blue Devils' eight postseason games.

May 27, 1987

McEachern 5-4, Columbus 2-3

at Columbus State

McEachern snapped Columbus'19-game winning streak and swept the Class AAA championship series. McEachern first baseman David Summers hit a pair of homers off Columbus ace Tommy Daniels in Game 1. Daniels hadn't been scored on in the postseason.

May 30-31, 1986

Columbus 14-0, Brookwood 5-7

Brookwood 15, Columbus 9

at Snellville, Ga.

Freshman Jeff Boatner's grand slam in the first inning helped Columbus to victory in Game 1. But Brookwood rallied and took the final game of the series after the two teams had split the first two games.

May 30, 1984

Columbus 18-11, Heritage 0-2

at Conyers

Pitchers Bubba Holland and Kenny Milner tossed back-to-back no-hitters to help the Blue Devils dominate the Class AAAA series.

First baseman Frank Thomas, who became a two-time MVP in the American League, went 2-for-4 in the series with two RBIs and two runs.

-- From staff reports

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