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GISA CLASS A STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Randolph Southern splits, faces Game 3 today; Terrell Academy knocked out

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALPHARETTA -- Randolph Southern baseball coach Seth Howell didn't have long to talk about his team's split with King's Ridge on Friday night in their GISA Class A Elite 8 state playoff series.

After all, the Patriots had a Game 3 to prepare for today -- and a state title to defend.

"We're trying to get the kids fed, in bed and rested before (today)," Howell said. "Because I think we have a real good shot to win this thing."

Indeed they do.

Randolph Southern, the defending Class A state champs, went on the road for a second week in a row and frustrated a higher-seeded team.

Last week, the No. 3 Patriots swept No. 2 David Emanuel, while on Friday they split with No. 1 King's Ridge, losing Game 1, 10-0, in six innings, then turning around and rolling in Game 2, 5-2, behind a stellar performance from Alex Weeks on the mound, who struck out five and gave up just three hits. Weeks also was the leading hitter, going 2-for-3 and collecting two of Randolph Southern's four hits in the nightcap.

So how did the Patriots rebound after such a demoralizing loss in Game 1?

"I just reminded them during our break: 'Guys, you're the state champs. And if they want to knock you down from there, they're gonna have to beat you,' " Howell said. "Now go out there and make 'em do it."

Randolph fell behind 1-0 in the first, then scored three in the second and two more in the fifth to pull out the win.

Game 3 will played today at 1 p.m. as senior Tanner Stone will take the mound.