Senior Taylor Smith on the hill in game two Friday at Coosa High School
(Rome, GA) — The Braves varsity baseball season came to a close Friday after they dropped a doubleheader to the Coosa Eagles of Region 7-AA in Rome in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs.
The Braves were unable to overcome early defensive miscues in game one although they did battle back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4 before a walk-off single by Coosa’s Hunter Chastain sealed the 5-4 win for the Eagles.
Game two saw a pitcher’s duel between Braves senior Taylor Smith and Eagle sophomore Peyton Moore as the game was scoreless through five innings. The Eagles, however were able to break through for four runs in the sixth inning to take game two 4-0 and the series.
“I have to give a lot of credit to our four seniors this year,” said first year Braves coach Trent Bianco after the game.
“They really raised the bar for our program. The future is really bright. We will have a bad taste in our mouth for the rest of the summer and offseason but I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of all of these guys. I am really excited for the future especially with this being my first season. Looking forward to working with all of these guys that are coming back next season.”
The Braves were not the only Region 5-AA team to be disappointed this weekend as all four 5-AA teams were eliminated by the 7-AA teams. The Bremen Blue Devils fell in three games to Model at home while the Bowdon Red Devils met the same fate versus Pepperell. Like the Braves, Jordan was also swept in two games on Friday by the top seed from 7-AA Calhoun.
Some other West Georgia area teams did find success in the first round and will begin play in round two this week. In AAA, Central of Carrollton will host Islands High School from Savannah while Callaway will host Appling County. Carrollton will host Redan in AAAA while Lagrange travels to Lanier after upsetting NW Whitfield in round one. East Coweta will host Luella in AAAAAA.