Six local high school teams begin their journey toward Georgia High School Assocation state baseball championships in first-round, best-of-three playoff series Friday.
Three of the teams have earned homefield advantage for the first round, while three go on the road.
The No. 1 Columbus Blue Devils (24-2) will open the Class AAA playoffs at home Friday against the Westover-Albany Patriots. First pitch for the opening game is 2 p.m., with the second game beginning 20 minutes after the conclusion of the opener. If a third game is needed, it will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Defending Class A champion Pacelli (20-2) opens its title defense in a doubleheader with Baconton Charter at 5 p.m. Friday, with the second game scheduled for 7 p.m. The “if” game would be at noon Saturday.
The Harris County Tigers (19-5) will host Statesboro in Hamilton in a first-round doubleheader Friday with the opener at 2 p.m. and the second game beginning 30 minutes after the first concludes. The third game would be noon Saturday.
The Brookstone Cougars, side Patriots will be on the road for the first round.
The Cougars (18-5) travel to Atkinson County for their first-round Class A doubleheader, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
The third game would be at noon Saturday.
The Hawks (9-13) will be on the road to Wayne County for a pair of first-round Class AAAA games. The opener will be at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by the nightcap at 7 p.m. The third game, if needed, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Patriots (13-11) will visit Cairo in Class AAA. The doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. Friday, with the third game slated for noon Saturday.
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