December 4, 2021

Elite 8 State Playoff Preview: Braves vs. Berrien

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves (17-14) will host the Berrien Rebels (23-12) from Nashville, GA tomorrow in a third round best-of-three series in the 2018 GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs.

The Elite 8 series will begin with a doubleheader on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with each team needing two wins to advance to the Final Four.

If the teams split Wednesday’s doubleheader, the two teams will play a third and deciding rubber “if” game at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday also at Heard County High School.

The winner of the series will move on to meet either Elbert County or Jeff Davis in the Final Four. The Braves have not reached the Final Four since 1985.

If the Braves advance and face Jeff Davis that series would take pace at Alford Field. If the Braves were to advance and meet Elbert County that series would be on the road in Hazelhurst, GA.

See below for a full playoff series preview as well as directions to the game and other pertinent information.

Heard Co. Braves vs. Berrien Rebels

WHAT: GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs

WHEN: Wednesday Doubleheader (1st Pitch @ 2:30 p.m.)/ “If” game Thursday (1st Pitch @ 2:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Alford Field at Heard County High School

RECORDS: Rebels (23-12, 9-3 in Region 1-AA), Braves (17-14, 9-3 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Rebels – Doug Nix, Braves – Trent Bianco

SEEDINGS: The Rebels enter round three of the state playoffs as the #2 seed in Region 1-AA, The Braves come in as the 5-AA #2 seed

RANKINGS: Rebels (Ranked No. 10 in Class AA by Score Atlanta), Braves (Unranked by Score Atlanta)

COLORS: Rebels (Gray/Red), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

THE WINNER: The winner will meet the winner of the Jeff Davis @ Elbert County series May 15-16

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

WEATHER: Mostly Sunny Skies with temperatures in the mid 80’s

(Photo: Gary Jones)

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