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High school baseball Elite Eight recap

FPD swept Providence to advance to the GHSA A-Private semifinals, where the Vikings will face in-town rival Tattnall./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- After watching all five middle Georgia baseball teams advance past the Sweet Sixteen round of the GHSA state playoffs, it was a very busy night as those teams fought in the Elite Eight for a shot at playing in the state semifinals.

Starting in the A-Private classification, the Tattnall Trojans made quick work of the Wesleyan Wolves. The Trojans swept the two-game set 11-1, and 11-4.

Luke Laskey was dominant on the mound for Tattnall in game one, striking out seven batters and allowing one earned run in the five-inning complete game. Logan Fink and Dawson Brown each drove in three runs, and Brown paced Tattnall at the plate with three hits.

Game two was more of the same from the Trojans. After losing a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, they sent 15 batters to the plate in a nine-run fifth inning, taking a 10-1 lead that would be more than enough for starting pitcher Brooks Gorman.

Tattnall collected 16 hits as a team to advance past to the Final Four next week. The Trojans have not lost a game in these playoffs yet.

As for the team they'll be playing, the First Presbyterian Day Vikings also swept their Elite Eight matchup to advance to face the Trojans in the semifinals.

Noah Takac was the story in game one, no-hitting the Providence Storm over five innings in the mercy rule-shortened game one. He struck out eight batters and only allowed one base runner on an error.

Garrett West paced the Vikings at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in three runs in the 10-0 win.

The bats stayed hot for FPD in game two, knocking in 15 runs to win by another mercy rule 15-2. Like the Trojans, the Vikings have yet to lose a game in these playoffs.

These two teams will matchup at Tattnall next Tuesday, May 15 to decide who will go to the state championship. First pitch times have not yet been announced for the Final Four doubleheader.

As for the West Laurens Raiders in 4A, their season came to an end tonight. They traveled up to Ringgold to face Heritage-Catoosa. The Raiders were swept in both games, 6-0 in game one and 6-1 in 10 innings in game two.

Heritage-Catoosa advances to face Cartersville in the semifinals next week.

The Veterans Warhawks suffered the same fate as the Raiders in the 5A Elite Eight. As they had done in the first round and the Sweet Sixteen, the Warhawks dropped game one of their playoff series in the Elite Eight. Unlike the first two series, they were unable to win game two.

The Flowery Branch Falcons swept the Warhawks, 3-0 in game one, and 3-1 in game two. They advance to face Buford in next week's semifinals.

Wrapping things up was the Houston County Bears, who traveled up to Marietta to face Pope High School.

After going up early in the top of the first inning, the Bears gave up five runs in game one to lose by a final score of 5-1.

They would rebound in game two, holding off the Greyhounds to win game two 4-2 and keep their season alive.

Houston County will fight to keep its season alive in a do-or-die game three tomorrow in Marietta.



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