On Saturday, rubber games of the first round of baseball the playoffs took place while boys soccer teams from around the state decided their quarterfinal matches. Several metro Atlanta teams were in the fold and many of them advanced in their respective playoff brackets.
In baseball, perennial power Lassiter escaped an upset bid by visiting Peachtree Ridge with a sixth-inning comeback while Class 4A power Lambert advanced past South Paulding with a dramatic walk-off home run.
Read about select games from the boys soccer and baseball playoffs below…
Lassiter 8, Peachtree Ridge 6
In the rubber game of a Class AAAAA first-round playoff series, host Lassiter defeated Peachtree Ridge 8-6 despite trailing going into the sixth inning.
The Lions’ Jared Walsh hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to give his team a 6-5 lead. But the Trojans loaded the bases and tied the game on a single by Matt McGuire, who went 3-for-4 with a 2-run homer and three RBIs. Lassiter then took the lead when Keegan Corley scored after a bases-loaded walk by Tyler Haswell.
A day after starting a game in which his Trojans won, pitcher Parker Shank earned the save by pitching the seventh and final inning.
Duluth 6, Wheeler 2: Evan Dumas hit a two-run home run and Jacob Timmie added an RBI double to lead the host Wildcats to victory. Chris Rich had nine strikeouts in the win. Duluth will face Alpharetta in the second round.
North Gwinnett 3, Etowah 2: The visiting Bulldogs were led by Brandon White, who struck out eight and earned the win with a complete game. Cameron Sperry homered for the Eagles.
Lambert 5, South Paulding 4: Brock Maxwell hit a 2-run walk-off homer for the host Longhorns. Maxwell also got the win in two innings of no-hit relief. Scott Schlesinger had two RBIs while Zack Schlosser scored twice for Lambert.
Winder-Barrow 16, Chamblee 0: Game 3 was all Winder-Barrow as coach Brian Smith’s Bulldoggs lit up Chamblee for 16 runs. Winder-Barrow combined for 35 runs in the three game series. They move on to face Pope in the second round.
Allatoona 9, St. Pius X 5: Trailing 2-0, Allatoona’s bats came alive. Clay Schmidt had two RBIs and earned the save by striking out the side in the seventh. Elliot Blake was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Michael Royal went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Cross Keys 4, Toombs Co. 0: Visiting Cross Keys had four different goal scorers as Jose Soto, Jordy Banegas, Moises Medina and Jefferey Arezalo each scored for the Indians.
Westminster 2, Pike Co. 0: The visiting Wildcats got two second-half goals from Robby Greenfield as Westminster outshot Pike Co. 27-3. Andrew Freschi was in goal for Westminster.
Paideia 2, Aquinas 0: The Pythons struck two minutes into the second half to break open a scoreless tie when Tim Brooks scored. Coleman Parks added a goal, while keeper Colin Shaw earned a shutout.
Pace Academy 2, Hebron Christian 1: Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Knights came back in the second with goals from Sajat Rabbani and Billy Tutt. Simon Carter was in goal for Pace.
Walker 2, Brookstone 0: Evan Kasian scored a first-half goal and later assisted Dylan Suhr in the second half for the visiting Wolverines. Colin Mitchell recorded nine saves in the shutout.
Contributors: Tad Arapogolu and Brian Penter