December 4, 2020

State Playoff Baseball Preview: Braves vs. Pepperell

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves (18-10) will host the Pepperell Dragons (13-16) in the first round best-of-three series of the 2017 GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs.

The series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with each team needing two wins to advance to the Sweet 16.

If the teams split Friday’s doubleheader at Alford Field, the two teams will play a third and deciding rubber “if” game at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Franklin.

The winner of the series will take on the winner of the Early County/Bleckley County series May 4-5. The Braves would host Early County (No. 4 seed Region 1-AA) or travel to Bleckley County (No. 1 seed Region 4-AA).

Brave head coach Trent Bianco expects a tough series with the Dragons in round one.

“Pepperell is going to be well-coached and make routine plays — they’ve also got a lot of pitchers that can throw strikes and in high school baseball if you can do those two things well you will be in a lot of ball games,” said Bianco this week. “Everybody you play this time of year is good so we’re thankful to be playing this series at home in front of our community.”

See below for a full playoff series preview.

Heard Co. Braves vs. Pepperell Dragons

Team 1WHEN: Friday Doubleheader (1st Pitch @ 4:30 p.m.)/ “If” game Saturday (1st Pitch @ 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Alford Field @ Heard County High School

RECORDS: Dragons (13-16, 10-4 in Region 7-AA), Braves (18-10, 9-3 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Dragons – Matt Montgomery, Braves – Trent Bianco

SEEDINGS: The Dragons enter round one of the state playoffs as the #3 seed in Region 7-AA, The Braves come in as the 5-AA #2 seed

RANKINGS: Dragons (Unranked by Score Atlanta), Braves (Ranked No. 4 in Class AA by Score Atlanta)

COLORS: Dragons (Gold/White), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

THE WINNER: The winner will face the winner between Early County (#4 seed in Region 1-AA) and Bleckley Co. (#1 seed in Region 3-AA)

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

WEATHER: Friday – Mostly Cloudy with Temperatures in the Mid 80’s/ Saturday – Mostly Cloudy with Temperatures in the Mid 80’s

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