January 23, 2022

GHSA State Playoff Baseball Preview: Braves at Elbert County

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Braves will travel to Elberton, GA to take on the Blue Devils in the first round best-of-three series of the 2021 GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs.

The series will begin with a doubleheader on Thursday at 5:00 PM with each team needing two wins to advance to the Sweet 16.

If the teams split Thursday’s doubleheader, the two teams will play a third and deciding rubber “if” game at 2:00 PM on Friday in Elberton.

The winner of this week’s series will take on the winner of the Lovett/Coosa series May 4-5. The Braves would travel to face either team.

See below for a full playoff series preview.

Heard Co. Braves @ Elbert Co. Blue Devils

WHEN: Thursday Doubleheader (1st Pitch @ 5:00 p.m.)/ “If” game Friday (1st Pitch @ 2:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Elbert County High School, 600 Abernathy Circle, Elberton, GA 30635

DIRECTIONS/MAP: http://mapq.st/3gIRpkj

RECORDS: Blue Devils (23-7, 10-2 in Region 8-AA), Braves (11-17, 3-9 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Blue Devils – Lance Ingram, Braves – Trent Bianco

SEEDINGS: The Blue Devils enter round one of the state playoffs as the #1 seed in Region 8-AA, The Braves come in as the 5-AA #4 seed

STATE RANKINGS: Blue Devils (No. 4 by Score Atlanta), Braves (Unranked by Score Atlanta)

COLORS: Blue Devils (Navy/White), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

THE WINNER: The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 where they will face the winner between Lovett (#2 seed in Region 6-AA) and Coosa (#3 seed in Region 7-AA)

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

WEATHER: Thursday – Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid 80’s at first pitch/ Friday – Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 70’s and a 35% chance of rain

(Photo: Penny Hood/HCHS)

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