Believe it or not, March is here. Which hopefully means warmer weather, but regardless, here is our second edition of the 2019 Baseball Power Rankings.
#1 JEFFERSON DRAGONS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1
Jefferson is off to an expected blistering start at 5-0, and are doing so with a ridiculous stat line of 44 runs scored against just 8 allowed. That’s 8.8 runs per game to just 1.6. As good as advertised.
#2 HABERSHAM CENTRAL RAIDERS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
The Raiders are getting it done with Payton Irvin and Colby Jones leading the way, among other playmakers. Habersham is now 7-1, and have 58 runs already (7.3/game) to just 19 allowed (2.4). Could this be the season Coach Akridge and the boys finally get into the playoffs after a great season?
#3 STEPHENS CO INDIANS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2
Stephens County has been pretty steady, and we knew Davis Swenson and Dawson Sorrells were going to do work. But now that Gabe White is joining the monster rotation with lights-out stuff, the Indians should be hard for any team to handle. The offense (4.7 runs/game) would like to get a little more support for the pitching staff though (3 runs allowed/game).
#4 DAWSON CO TIGERS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
The Tigers haven’t played much. Small sample size, but 36 runs in three games is ridiculous (12 runs/game) and Hudson Sapp is a large reason for that success with 8 RBI already. On the flip side, the Tigers have surrendered just 6 runs total (or 2 per game). These averages probably won’t hold up, but also won’t deviate too far.
#5 COMMERCE TIGERS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
Commerce is off to a solid start through the first six games. The 6 runs/game average is pretty decent and will probably only increase as the weather improves. The Tigers have allowed nearly 5 runs per contest though, so they’d like for that number to trend downward.
#6 BANKS CO LEOPARDS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
Banks County’s 2-0 start in region play and 5-1 overall record is reason for much excitement in Homer. After an opening loss, the Leopards have five straight wins, and have 53 runs (8.8/game). The pitching (5.2/game allowed) needs to improve some, but Banks County is loving the start, especially the two region wins over Union.
#7 LUMPKIN CO INDIANS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
The Indians have done very well, especially at the plate. In the 5-2 start, which includes now four straight wins, Lumpkin has scored nearly 6 runs per game, which is great. The 5 per game allowed could use a little work, but this is a great start for the Indians!
#8 TALLULAH FALLS INDIANS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
The Indians have 33 games in just two games (both wins), which averages out to 16.5 per contest. That won’t stand the test of time, but it’s a good start. The 11 runs allowed in both games combined shows TFS needs to nail down that average though.
#9 TOWNS CO INDIANS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #12
Towns County’s offense has been slugging away with 59 runs (9.8/game) and the pitching has been decent also, allowing just 5.5 per contest. A recent loss in the last game halted the train a bit, but it certainly can get back on track.
#10 WHITE CO WARRIORS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
The Warriors are riding through a three-game losing streak that hopefully ends soon. The offense has generated just 14 runs in five games (2.8/game), while the pitching has been so-so with 5.4 runs allowed on average (27 total).
#11 UNION CO PANTHERS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
The Panthers still seek win number one, and face a bit of urgency after an 0-2 start to region play. Union has scored just 17 runs so far (2.8/game) and have surrendered 5 per game (30 total).
#12 RABUN CO WILDCATS
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
Rabun hasn’t gotten the start it wanted and still looks for that first win as well as some traction in its offense, which has scored 18 runs in total. The pitching also desires some relief, with 72 runs being scored off the staff (12/game).