Hawks rally for split; Blue Devils lose two


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Down a game and down five runs in the second game, Hardaway found a way to rally to a 7-6 win in Game 2 against Whitewater in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Whitewater won Game 1, 8-1. Game 3 will be played at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Hawks finally caught Whitewater with a single run in the sixth inning when Tre'Von Dorsey scored on an error.

In the seventh, Marcell Byrd scored on Sam Anthony's fielder's choice.

Dorsey led the Hawks, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Anthony went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Nick Fuerstenau hit a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning in Game 1. That gave Whitewater a 7-0 lead.

Brandon Bell finished 1-for-2 with four RBIs for Whitewater. The first two came on a single in the first.

Hardaway scored its only run in the third on a Josh Anthony sacrifice fly.

Hardaway also dropped its first game in the first round against Effingham County. But the Hawks rallied to take the next two and advance to the second round.Wednesday at Whitewater

Game 1

Hardaway 001 000 0 --1 2 1

Whitewater 250 001 x --8 7 0

WP--Jake Lee (NA). LP--Tre'Von Dorsey (NA). Hitting leaders--Hardaway Chris Black 1-2, R; Whitewater Jake Wilkinson 1-3, R; Brandon Bell 1-2, R, 4RBI; Nick Fuerstenau 2-4, R, 4RBI; Jubari Richards 1-3, R; Justin Trammell 1-2, R.Game 2

Whitewater 104 100 0 --6 11 4

Hardaway 003 201 1 --7 11 2

WP--Tony Locey (NA). LP--Chandler Raiden (NA). Hitting leaders--Hardaway Erik Manibusan 1-3, R; Josh Anthony 3-3, 2B, R, RBI; Tre'Von Dorsey 4-4, 2R, RBI; Tony Locey 2-3, 2B, 2RBI; Whitewater Jake Wilkinson 2-4, 2R; Brandon Bell 2-2, 2R, RBI. Records--Hardaway 20-10. Next-- Hardaway at Whitewater, 4 p.m., Thursday.


LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus High's season ended Wednesday night with a pair of losses, 8-7 and 6-0, to Walnut Grove in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Columbus built a 7-2 in Game 1 after scoring a run in the top of the fifth.

But Walnut Grove scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to pull within one, 7-6.

Walnut Grove's Luke Schwartz led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. Dakota Owens singled, then Rabb drove in Schwartz with the tying run.

Blake Thiemann singled in Owens with the game-winner.

In the first, Al Jones singled, went to second on a balk and stole third. Nick Poskey grounded out, driving in Jones.

Hunter Rabb, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, drove in two with a single in the bottom of the first.

Columbus exploded for five runs in the top of the third. Will Kilgore reached on an error and Jones singled. Poskey singled in Kilgore to tie the game at 2.

Cason Greathouse followed with a three-run homer. Two outs later, Knox Carter hit a solo homer for a 6-2 lead.

In the fifth, Poskey led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Greathouse drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Walnut Grove scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth after the first two batters made outs.

Columbus managed just two hits in the second game.Wednesday at Walnut Grove

Game 1

Columbus 105 010 0 --7 10 5

W. Grove 200 040 2 --8 11 2

WP--Andrew Robinson (NA). LP--Will Kilgore (NA). Hitting leaders--Columbus Will Kilgore 1-4, R; Alonzo Jones 2-4, 2R; Nick Poskey 3-4, 2R, 2RBI; Cason Greathouse 2-3, GS, 4RBI; Knox Carter 1-3, HR. Walnut Gove Jake Frazier 2-3, 2R; Bryce Shupe 1-4, Rl Dakota Owens 1-4, 2R; Hunter Rabb 3-4, 4RBI; Blake Thiemann 1-3, RBI; Luke Schwartz 2-3, 2R, RBI; James Pledger 1-3, 2B.Game 2

W. Grove 002 001 3 --6 8 0

Columbus 000 000 0 --0 2 3

WP--Luke Schwartz (NA). LP--Wice Bice (NA). Hitting leaders--Columbus Chris Scrivner 1-2, Russell Forthofer 1-2. Walnut Gove Hunter Rabb 1-4, 2RBI; Bryce Shupe 2-4, R. Records--Columbus 23-7. Next--Columbus season over.



Spencer's Eddie Stafford and Shaw's Kalin Cook will both have three chances at a state championship at the GHSA state track and field meet, which begins Thursday at Jefferson, Ga.

Stafford won the Class AA sectional title in the 800-meter run on April 26 in 1 minute, 59.04 seconds.

Stafford finished second in qualifying for the 1,600 and the 4x400 relay team qualified fifth.

Cook qualified second for both the 110 and 300 hurdles. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that qualified fifth.


Athletes listed with event and their sectional finish


Northside--Tyrris Mitchell (sixth, 100); Abraham Perez (second, 800)

Hardaway--N'Zier Bohannon (sixth, 110 hurdles); Christian Matthew (fourth, 300 hurdles)

Harris County--Zac Sansom (fourth, pole vault); Kentravious Davis (third, 100; second, 200)

Class AAAA

Columbus--Joseph Bridges (sixth, 3200)

Shaw--Jordan Gillespie (eighth, 200); David Whitehead (fourth, 400); Hakeem Mustafaa (third, 1600; second, 3200); Kalin Cook (second, 110 hurdles; second, 300 hurdles); 4x400 relay team (fourth, Kalin Cook, Desmond Gomillia, Jordan Gillespie, David Whitehead)

Class AA

Spencer--Tyrei Wicker (eighth, 200); Jaylen Thomas (seventh, 110 hurdles); Eddie Stafford (second, 1600); 4x100 relay team (seventh, Jayson Sims, Jermaine Hernandez, Jalen Thomas, Tyrei Wicker); 4x400 relay team (fifth, Jermaine Hernandez, Ryan Williams, Eddie Stafford, Da-Shae Hubbard); Da-Shae Hubbard (fifth, long jump).

Kendrick--Tommy Davis (seventh, 400)

Jordan--Justin Perry (fifth, 3200)

Chattahoochee County--Christopher Askew (seventh, 100); Jaquan Zeno (sixth, 800); 4x100 relay team (fourth, Chris Askew, Jodie Perkins, Del Lawrence, Leontae Lockett); Malik Harris (sixth, shot put).



FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Our Lady of Mercy knocked Brfookstone out of the Class A state playoffs with a 3-2 win on Wednesday. No other details were available.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Starr's Mill eliminated Northside from the Class AAAAA state playoffs with a 5-0 win on Wednesday. No other details were available.



MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Pacelli finished fourth in the Class A sectional tournament with a 194, which qualified them for the state tournament on May 19.

Sarah Grace Drop led Pacelli with an 81, and Maddie ray added a 113. The sectional was held at Cotton Fields Golf Club.

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