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Only five area baseball teams still alive in state

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

And then there were five.

After one week of the GHSA and GISA state baseball playoffs, Southwest Georgia has just five teams left out of the 10 that entered last week's first round with state title hopes.

The GISA slate begins Friday, while the area's two remaining GHSA programs -- Lee County and Seminole County -- open their second-round series Wednesday.

The Trojans and Indians carry the public-school torch after Class AAA teams Westover was swept on the road by Spalding and Worth County -- which won Region 1-AAA -- was upset by No. 4 Rutland.

Lee County, a No. 2 seed coming out of Region 1-AAAA, crushed in its first-round series against Jonesboro, 10-5, and 15-1, to advance to the second round, where they'll have to hit the road Wednesday to play Game 1 at 5 p.m. in the best-of-three series against Region 3, No. 1 Lakeside Evans in Augusta.

Lakeside is 23-4 overall and went 15-1 in region.

As for Seminole, it will face Region 3, No. 1 seed Calvary Day in the second round Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. after dismantling Georgia Military by a combined 17-5 in its two games.

Calvary Day is 24-2 on the season and a perfect 15-0 in region play.

In the GISA, three teams remain: Deerfield-Windsor (Class AAA) and Terrell Academy and Randolph Southern in Class A.

The latter two pose an interesting scenario -- for the second year in a row -- as the Patriots and Eagles met for the Class A state title last season in an all-Southwest Georgia final, with Randolph Southern winning.

Once again, the two neighboring rivals are still alive in the state playoffs, but can't rematch for the championship if each can win the road this week. Instead, they'll play each other in the semis if both win.

Region 3, No. 3 Randolph, which swept David Emanuel on the road in its state opener last week, now travels to face Region 4, No. 1 King's Ridge Christian on Friday at 4 p.m., while Region 3, No. 2 Terrell -- which beat up Briarwood in two easy games in its opener this past Friday -- now draws Region 2, No. 1 Citizen's Christian on Friday at 1 p.m.

As for Deerfield? Well, it's a different year, same old story.

The Knights, who will host Friday, in Albany face the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the past two years, Tattnall Square.

A start time for Game 1 of that series is still being worked out and should be announced by today.