GISA CLASS A STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Westwood waltzes, reaches state title series

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SAVANNAH -- Counting the end of the regular season and the playoffs, Westwood has won nine games in a row.

Two more, and the Wildcats are state champs.

Westwood secured its spot in the GISA Class A state title series Friday with a walloping of Memorial in Game 2, 20-4, in four innings to sweep the series and lock up a trip to next week's championship against Crisp Academy, which beat Randolph Southern on Friday, 12-0 and 13-2, to set up an all-Region 3-A final.

"We're excited to still be playing but I told the guys we can't be content just to make it this far," said Westwood coach Al Timmerman, whose program last reached the state title series in 2008, losing to Flint River in three games. "You can't ask for much more than playing on the final weekend of the year, but we've still got a purpose. This is what we've worked toward all season."

Game times and a date have yet to be determined, but what is known is that the series should be a good one. Westwood split with Crisp in the regular season, losing in Cordele, 7-1, in the early part of the year, then exacting revenge on Crisp in Camilla, 6-4, back on April 22.

Getting to this point, however, was never in doubt Friday as Westwood scored six runs in the bottom of the first, one in the bottom of the second, five in the third and then ended the game by run-rule in the bottom of the fourth on a mammoth three-run homer by J.T. Edore.

"He crushed it," Timmerman said of Edore's fourth homer of the year. "It was a monster."

The was Edore's only hit of the game, while his older brother Jake finished 3-for-4 and picked up the win on the mound, pitching all four innings, striking out four and giving up just three hits. Chason Worsham was 3-for-3 and Douglas Nobles -- the Game 1 hero Thursday who pitched a no-hitter, struck out 12 and hit two HRs -- notched a double.