In Game 1 the visiting Pierce County Bears took an early 1-0 lead off Appling County standout Byron Buxton on a passed ball. Nate Gay walked and came around to score on the error by junior catcher Guner Sellers. Gay would score in the fifth on another passed ball.
Pierce County pitcher Will Lowman did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when Justin Javis smacked a triple and would score on Buxton’s sacrifice fly.
The pitchers’ duel continued until the seventh when Gay launched a two-out, two-run home run. The Pirates would plate one in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 4-2, but Lowman struck out Buxton with two on to end the game.
In Game 2, Will White and Josh Deen dueled through the first four scoreless innings. In the fifth, Appling County put 12 runs on the board on 10 hits and three bases-loaded walks. Josh Barber drove in four runs while Buxton drove in three and scored twice in the frame. Deen pitched all five to pick up the win for Appling County. Game 3 will take place Monday.
Parkview 5-6, Brookwood 2-3. Parkview defended its Class AAAAA baseball championship with a two-game sweep over Brookwood. Matt Olson tossed a complete game in Game 1, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits. He provided a spark at the plate, crushing a two-run home run. Ryan Blanton provided two hits and an RBI. Lucas Sims threw a complete game for Brookwood, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
In Game 2, Sims knocked a home run early for the Broncos, but A.J. Davis blasted a two-run shot in the fourth to give Parkview the lead. The Broncos rallied with three straight doubles to tie up the game in the sixth, only to see Parkview recapture the lead with 3 in the top of the seventh. Olson finished the day with three RBIs and two home runs as well as the victory from Game 1.
Loganville 4-3, Greenbrier 2-12: David Mayo blasted a fifth-inning three-run home run to help the Red Devils rally to take Game 1 at home. The Loganville defense provided Greenbrier with both runs as errors led to a run in the third and another in the fifth.
In Game 2 the long ball was popular as the two teams combined for six home runs. Frazier hit a pair for Loganville, but Jordan Hunt’s pair of home runs helped the Wolfpack race to a 12-3 victory. Hunter Boose and Knox Marchman also went deep for Greenbrier.