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Walk-offs command baseball's championship weekend

John Milledge Academy's Jacob Prestwood kisses the trophy after the Trojans' state championship victory Saturday at Mercer's OrthoGeorgia Park. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- It's a situation every baseball player dreams of.

Down to your last out. One swing of the bat wins the championship. It's known as the walk-off. Two every walk-off there's two different sides.

Starting with the dark side, the losing team. Three times a walk-off delivered a loss to a Middle Georgia team.

In Greenville, South Carolina, the top-seeded Mercer Bears stared elimination in the face in the Southern Conference Tournament. Elimination came for the orange and black as Samford's Ayrton Schafer ended the Bears' hope of a SoCon Tournament Title in a 6-5 Bulldogs' win Friday at Fluor Field.

A few hours later, the walk-off cursed another local team. Defending GHSA A-Private Champions Tattnall found themselves in a 1-0 series hole against Savannah Christian in the title game. Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Raiders' slugger Jarrett Brown hit a high chopper over the third baseman bringing in the winning run as Tattnall's season came to an end with a 5-4 loss at Grayson Stadium in Savannah.

The curse made it's way back to Mercer at OrthoGeorgia Park for John Milledge Academy. In Game 2 of the GISA AAA Championship, the Trojans surrendered a bases-loaded walk against Trinity Christian helping the Lions even the series at one game apiece.

JMA would not be denied. After fighting off multiple game-winning attempts in the decisive Game 3, Brandon Bellflower delivered a walk-off single through the left side of the infield giving the Trojans a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Walk-offs don't happen every day. Four in the span of 24 hours is unheard of. Only one local team celebrated on a game's final run.

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