September 26, 2021

Elite 8 State Playoff Preview: Braves vs. Holy Innocents

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves will host the Holy Innocents Golden Bears in the third round (Elite 8) best-of-three series of the 2016 GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs.

The series will begin with a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. with each team needing two wins to advance to the Final Four.

If the teams split Tuesday’s doubleheader, the two teams will play a third and deciding rubber “if” game at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday also at HHS.

The winner of the series will take on the winner of the Wesleyan/Berrien series May 16-17. If the Braves advance, they would travel for that series.

See below for a full playoff series preview.

Heard Co. Braves @ Lamar Co. Trojans

Red Devil featureWHEN: Tuesday Doubleheader (1st Pitch @ 5:00 p.m.)/ “If” game Wednesday (1st Pitch @ 5:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Heard County High School, 545 Main St., Franklin, GA 30217

RECORDS: Golden Bears (22-10, 5-7 in Region 4-AA), Braves (17-14, 8-4 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Golden Bears – Dan Healy, Braves – Trent Bianco

SEEDINGS: The Golden Bears enter round two of the state playoffs as the #4 seed in Region 6-AA, The Braves come in as the 5-AA #3 seed

RANKINGS: Golden Bears (Ranked #3 by the AJC and Score Atlanta), Braves (Unranked by the AJC and Score Atlanta)

COLORS: Golden Bears (Gold/Red/White), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

THE WINNER: The winner will move on to face the winner between Wesleyan (#1 seed in Region 6-AA) and Berrien (#1 seed in Region 1-AA) in the state semi-finals (Final Four)

ADMISSION: $10 for Tuesday’s DH and $7 for Thursday’s “If” game as determined by the GHSA

WEATHER: Cloudy to partly cloudy both days with highs in the mid to upper 80’s and a 20 % chance of showers

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