Baseball Power Rankings: End of Regular Season
This is our official last Power Rankings until the end of the playoffs. We dub it “End of Regular Season” as most teams have just a few games left on the slate.
#1 JEFFERSON DRAGONS
RECORD: 21-1 (14-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1
The win streak is finally snapped for Jefferson after 17 in a row in 2019 (not counting the end of last season). So what do you do when one streak ends? You start another. The Dragons are just fine, now winning four in a row after a 2-1 loss to East Jackson. The fact remains, only six times this year has the team given up more than three runs in a game.
PLAYOFFS: Locked! However, a region title hangs in the balance as the Dragons open a set with Morgan County (15-0 in region) for a winner-take-all 3-game series.
#2 BANKS CO LEOPARDS
RECORD: 21-4 (10-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
A current 7-game win streak has done wonders for this team, which has been so consistent all season. The Leopards appear to be peaking at the perfect time. This remains one of the top offenses in the region and state., and the pitching is equally good.
PLAYOFFS: Locked in for Banks County. At the moment, it has the top spot in the region at 10-2, but Elbert and Social are 9-3 on their heels. It should be decided by the final two games against Elbert this week. A sweep would guarantee Banks a region championship.
#3 HABERSHAM CENTRAL RAIDERS
RECORD: 18-10 (6-7)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2
Habersham once felt like a lock for the postseason. But the all-too-well-known end of the season fight has come to the Raiders. Each of the past two seasons they have been this close. This time feels different, though. Four losses in a row entering the final pair against Lanier. At 6-7, the Raiders sit third in the region by a hair over Apalachee and Lanier, both at 5-8. One Raider win, or one Apalachee loss equals state playoffs.
PLAYOFFS: See above. Need a win in the final two games, and/or a loss for Apalachee.
#4 STEPHENS CO INDIANS
RECORD: 14-11-1 (4-5)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
Stephens County is on a 3-game win streak, moving to 4-5 in region play. The tough-as-nails pitching has been the anchor for this team, which is destined to make a deep run.
PLAYOFFS: Not yet guaranteed, but close. The Indians currently sit in second at 4-5 in region, but Oconee County is 4-5 also, and #4 St. Pius is 5-7. Madison County brings up the rear of the 5-team region at 3-6. It comes down to this final 3-game set against Madison County. Stephens County needs to win two to guarantee the playoffs.
#5 COMMERCE TIGERS
RECORD: 15-10 (2-6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
Commerce has dropped four of the last six, but still have a chance to close out strong with a date against Providence Christian Academy and Riverside. That would bolster the playoff hopes for the 1A Public bracket.
PLAYOFFS: To our best guess, we’d say the Tigers have done enough to get in, but GHSA will roll out the Power Ratings to determine that when the final regular season game is played.
#6 LUMPKIN CO INDIANS
RECORD: 13-13 (6-10)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
The Indians have won 3 of the last 5 to make a late push. Still, the pitching has allowed more runs (141) than the offense has scored (106). These guys are tough though, and are still in it.
PLAYOFFS: Right now, Lumpkin is in 6th place in the region at 6-10. However, the #4-spot (Cherokee Bluff) is only 8-8, so anything is possible since the two teams square off for the final two games.
#7 UNION CO PANTHERS
RECORD: 12-9 (8-4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
Remember when Union started the season 0-6? Yeah, we can barely remember that team either. It’s been a quick turnaround and a great one in Blairsville, as the Panthers went on a 9-game win streak. That was snapped, but 2 wins have followed. Three games remain.
PLAYOFFS: Locked in! At 8-4, the worst Union can do is a pair of regular season ending losses to Rabun, thus going 8-6, which would still edge the Wildcats, who in that scenario would be 7-7. Union would like to win both, though and have a chance to slide ahead of 9-3 Social Circle or 9-3 Elbert. Banks could help make that possible.
#8 DAWSON CO TIGERS
RECORD: 9-12 (7-9)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
Dawson County took a big series win over East Hall, but now take on GAC for the final two games (they dropped the opener of the 3-game set, 5-4).
PLAYOFFS: Lumpkin could help Dawson inadvertently by beating Cherokee Bluff. Dawson sits in 5th place right now by one game. The Tigers MUST beat third-place GAC at least once, preferably twice, to get in.
#9 WHITE CO WARRIORS
RECORD: 9-14 (3-8)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
Four losses in a row for the Warriors have hurt them a bit, but these guys can still finish strong with two games left.
PLAYOFFS: At 3-8 in region, that has White County in 6th place. Not ideal. Only one region game remains, which a win couldn’t leapfrog them up two spots at this point.
#10 RABUN CO WILDCATS
RECORD: 6-19 (5-7)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
Rabun has dropped 4 in a row to move to 5-7 in region play.
PLAYOFFS: Unfortunately they are out. Two games left against Union means they can move to 7-7, but Union would be 8-6 in that scenario and still earn the 4th seed. No harm in going out with a couple of wins, though.
#11 TALLULAH FALLS INDIANS
RECORD: 8-8 (3-7)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
Tallulah Falls has paired a couple of wins together, and the offense is scoring more, barely (106 runs) than the pitching has allowed (103).
PLAYOFFS: There’s no telling with the Power Ratings what this could reveal, but one last game against Prince Ave could be big if TFS could snag a win.
#12 TOWNS CO INDIANS
RECORD: 9-12 (0-8)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #12
Towns County has hovered near .500 and has a chance to close strong with two games left.
PLAYOFFS: More than likely not happening here, but no since in giving up. The Indians should still battle with Lakeview and George Walton in the finales.