JONES COUNTY AT FORSYTH CENTRAL
When: Games 1 and 2 on Wednesday, 4 and 7 p.m.; Game 3 on Thursday, 6 p.m. (if necessary).
Records, Rankings, Seedings: Jones County is 22-6, unranked in Class AAAAA and the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAA; Central is 18-9, unranked and the No. 1 seed from Region 7.
What to know: By the end of Central’s best-of-three victory over Salem in the first round of the state playoffs, there should have been little surprise. The Bulldogs played a low-scoring, extra-inning thriller in a Game 1 loss (they played three in the regular season) then bounced back for easy wins in Games 2 and 3. The series-clinching 10-0 victory on Saturday was particularly revealing. Robbie Repasz led a balanced lineup, Parker Morrison was dominant over six innings and head coach Kevin McCollum called it one of the team’s most complete performances all season. Now, Central is left standing as the only Forsyth County baseball team in the state playoffs.
Central’s next challenge is a Jones County team that comes in averaging 8.2 runs a game, but it was a pair of one-run victories (2-1 and 3-2) that helped the Greyhounds upset No. 2-ranked Harris County in the first round. Jones County has five regulars hitting over .320: Walker Juhan (.375, 5HR, 34RBI, 11SB), Teldrick Ross (.351, 29R, 17RBI), Chandler Ramage (.347, 28R, 14SB), Jacob Walden (.346, 27RBI) and Keever Walker (.323, 20RBI). Walden (6-2, 1.11ERA), Ramage (4-2, 2.51ERA) and Keaton Gordon (5-0, 1.78ERA) give the Greyhounds a formidable pitching trio – just like Central.
What’s next: The winner will face the East Paulding-Northgate winner.