Parkview 9-11, Forsyth Central 4-7
LILBURN – The Bulldogs’ pitching depth was no match for the Panthers’ bats Friday in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
Central starters Ethan Hankins in Game 1 and Ryan Cox in Game 2 were both tagged for seven runs (five earned). Hankins lasted four innings, Cox just 1 1/3 innings, so that late Bulldog rallies came up short.
A pair of two-run home runs in Game 1 from Jacob Holton and Luke Sutko might have otherwise been game-changers.
Holton added a solo shot in Game 2, Bradlee Brooks went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and the Bulldogs scored all seven runs in the final seven innings.
But it wasn’t enough, as the Bulldogs end their season at 19-13.
Parkview advances to play the winner of McEachern-Colquitt County.
Strong Rock Christian 9-4, Pinecrest Academy 0-3
LOCUST GROVE – The Patriots scored twice in the top of the seventh of Game 2 to finish off a sweep of the Paladins in the first round of the Class 1A private school playoffs Friday.
Errors plagued Pinecrest (12-14). The Paladins committed eight in the two-game series, none more crucial than back-to-back miscues that allowed Strong Rock (19-9) to tie the game in the top of the seventh and eventually take the lead, spoiling a strong outing by freshman pitcher Caleb Bohn, who allowed four runs (two earned) on just two hits and three walks.
Ben Gobbel went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, while Ryan McCarthy drove in the other run. Chad Pacas went 3-for-4.
But Pinecrest could mount no threats against Strong Rock pitcher Trey Shirah, who scattered five hits with one walks while striking out seven in seven innings.
Lambert 9, South Forsyth 8 (OT)
Peyton Smith had four goals, including the game-winner as the Longhorns earned an Area 5-6/7A victory Thursday and the 2017 Forsyth Cup.
Ali Boisjolie and Gabby DiVirgilio each added two goals for Lambert (13-5), while Jenna Humphries had a goal and assist.
Berkmar 5, Forsyth Central 0
LILBURN – The Bulldogs came up short to the Patriots in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs Friday on the road.
Central, making its first state playoff appearance since 2003, finishes their season at 9-9-0.
Bermark advances to play the Marietta-Colquitt County winner.