Monday, May 9, 2011
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The field of teams is a bit smaller this week in the state baseball playoffs following the first round -- but the cast is a familiar one.
Westwood, Randolph Southern and Deerfield -- all teams which have been mainstays in the Final Four and beyond at times during the last four years -- are the only remaining programs from Southwest Georgia still in the running for a state title after last week's first round saw 10 of 13 area programs get knocked out.
No GHSA programs are playing this week after Lee County, Westover, Seminole County, Pelham, Worth County, Miller County and Baconton Charter all lost their first-round state series openers, while GISA teams Southland, Terrell Academy and SGA were all eliminated in hard-fought Game 3s of their series.
That leaves Class AAA Deerfield, which was eliminated in this weekend's Elite 8 round a year ago by eventual state finalist Tattnall Square. No. 2-seeded DWS caught a break and will face No. 4 Arlington Christian on Friday in Games 1 and 2 after the lower-seeded Arlington stunned No. 1 Dominion Christian in the first round last week. The Knights, who will play Game 3, if necessary, Saturday, is the only team hosting out of three programs remaining.
Class A No. 2 seed Westwood, which got a first-round bye, travels to face No. 1 seed Thomas Jefferson on Friday for Game 1. Game 2 will be Saturday, followed by Game 3, if necessary.
Fellow Class A program Randolph Southern, a No. 4 seed, beat No. 1 seed Solid Rock Christian in its opener, and now will travel to face No. 3 David Emanuel on Friday in Games 1 and 2, followed by Game 3 on Saturday, if necessary. Randolph won it all in 2009.