Jefferson & Stephens force game 3, Habersham, Banks, Union fall in opening round

Six local baseball programs hit the diamond for the state playoffs this week. Here are the first round matchups.

South Paulding 2, Habersham Central Raiders 0

The Raiders (19-13) fell two games to none to South Paulding on the road in the 6A opener. Habersham fought hard but came up just short in the first game, 7-6. South Paulding went on to win the second game, 6-2.

Stephens Co Indians 1, LaGrange 1

The Indians (19-12-1) split the first two with LaGrange, falling 6-3 in the opener. Facing elimination, Stephens County rebounded with a convincing 12-3 victory to force the rubber match on Thursday.

Jefferson Dragons 1, Westminster 1

Jefferson (25-2) fell to Westminster 7-1 in the opening act, but bounced back with a 8-0 thumping to even the series and force a decisive game 3 on Thursday at 5 PM.

Callaway 2, Banks Co Panthers 0

The Leopards (22-8) fell in two games, 11-1 and 8-6 to Callaway on the road to wrap up their season. Banks County fought hard to resist being eliminated in the second game.

Bremen 2, Union Co Panthers 0

The Panthers (14-12) got off to a solid start with a 3-0 lead in the game one, but Bremen pounded out 11 unanswered runs for an 11-3 win in the opener. Bremen then earned a 9-2 win to clinch the series and end Union’s season.

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