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Seminole County baseball sweeps state playoff opener

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DONALSONVILLE -- Thanks to a great day on the mound from ace Jake Vinson, a string of hits and one monster day at the plate by Jerrid Colman, the Seminole County baseball team is headed to the second round of the GHSA Class A state tournament for only the second time under head coach Truette Johnson.

Seminole snuck by Georgia Military, 4-3, in Game 1 as Vinson pitched a complete game, giving up just three runs -- two unearned -- and striking out six. He also had the team's only extra-base hit in the opener, a double.

"Jake had one inning where he struggled -- in the sixth when he gave up two runs -- but that was really it," said Indians coach Truette Johnson, whose team will play either Calvary Day or Turner County on Tuesday in the second round. "But he not only got us out of that inning, he came back in the top of the seventh to go three up and three down and close (Georgia Military out)."

Colman, Collin Chandler, Jaquan Johnson and Josh Buczek all had hits in Game 1, but it was Colman's two home-run performance that lifted the Indians to a 13-2, five-inning, run-rule win in Game 2.

Colman blasted one three-run shot in the first inning and another in the fifth -- with a single in the fourth in between -- to end the day 3-for-3 with six RBI.

Samuel Buczek, Josh's younger brother, picked up the win in Game 2, striking out two and giving up just three hits, while Josh Buczek posted two hits (a single and a double) and Samuel had two of his own to lead the hit parade in the nightcap.

"The kids were excited, Johnson said. "Now we just have to get ready for next week."