Baseball Power Rankings – April
We’re nearing the backstretch of the 2021 baseball season, and we’re starting to see the true colors of the programs we cover. Here are the April Power Rankings!
RECORD: 15-5 (9-1 in 8-AAAA)
The Dragons maintain their spot atop the rankings, and are ranked #4 in Class 4A. Jefferson is led by such guys as Mason Cooper and Rem Maxwell, and are fighting for a region championship. This team has the potential to make a DEEP playoff run.
RECORD: 14-5 (9-1 in 8-A Public)
The Tigers have rarely slipped, and are ranked #5 in the Class 1A Public. This Commerce team once again finds itself in the region title mix, and should make a lengthy run in the state playoffs when the time comes. Kane Goldman has been one player who has impressed a ton this season.
#3 BANKS COUNTY
RECORD: 14-5 (9-0 in 8-AA)
The Leopards were a little sluggish early on, but that’s a thing of the past. 11 straight wins got Banks County atop the region standings (tied with Elbert) and ranked #7 in the state. Banks County is looking to win 8-AA and go deep into the state playoffs.
#4 WHITE COUNTY
RECORD: 13-5 (8-2 in 7-AAA)
The Warriors have been AWESOME in region play, sweeping both Lumpkin and Dawson in 3-game series. Even at 8-2, White County is tied for 3rd with West Hall. Their 8 wins in region is actually better than Cherokee Bluff (5-1), though CB has the second spot right now and powerhouse North Hall (ranked #1 in the state) is atop the standings. White County has a glut of playmakers (J Ben Haynes, Evan Chambers, Nate Bray, etc) and should be a top-two seed come state tournament time.
#5 RABUN COUNTY
RECORD: 9-5 (3-3 in 8-AA)
The Cats move up the most out of all teams into #5 after a recent hot stretch that included 4 straight wins. Though the guys fell to Stephens (below), the recent full body of work has them pitted here. Rabun has been headlined by the play of guys like Brody Jarrard, Grayson Carver, and Brady Wilson.
#6 HABERSHAM CENTRAL
RECORD: 6-10 (5-5 in 8-AAAAAA)
The Raiders have dropped 5 in a row, which stings quite a bit. Still, Habersham Central is third in the tough region they live in, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel. This is still a really good team.
#7 STEPHENS COUNTY
RECORD: 6-12 (1-5 in 8-AAA)
The Indians have stumbled lately, but did come out with a huge 14-inning win over powerhouse Oconee County (top-5 ranked team). Overall, Stephens needs to dig down and come up with more victories to find itself in a position to make state.
#8 TALLULAH FALLS
RECORD: 11-5 (6-2 in 8-A Private)
The Indians are third in the region, and on Tuesday had a monumental win over #8-ranked Prince Ave. TFS has been headlined by Trent Thomas, Aubrey Higgins, and Chathan Clouatre for the most part this season.
#9 DAWSON COUNTY
RECORD: 6-9 (0-7 in 7-AAA)
The Tigers have lost 7 in a row, and are in desperate need of some things to go their way to climb back inside the playoff discussion.
#10 TOWNS COUNTY
RECORD: 6-10 (3-7 in 8-A Public)
Towns County got a momentum-grabbing win recently, and still have a big climb to get back where they can be. Many of their playmakers were on the state championship basketball team, so this team hasn’t really been in full force for very long. The best days are ahead.
#11 LUMPKIN COUNTY
RECORD: 4-15 (0-10 in 7-AAA)
Lumpkin has lost 12 games in a row after starting out 4-3. That has the team 7th in the region at 0-10, and their only win among local programs is Union.
#12 UNION COUNTY
RECORD: 6-14 (1-6 in 8-AA)
Union and Zeke Swartz have run into many roadblocks so far, including losing three times to Banks, twice to Dawson, and once each to Lumpkin and Towns. The good news is the Panthers still have some winnable games coming up, starting with 2 against Riverside (0-16) within region play, a matchup with Towns that could be won by either team, and a very intriguing 3-game series with Rabun. The Panthers still control their own destiny.