October 26, 2020

Sweet 16 State Playoff Preview: Braves @ Bleckley Co.

(Franklin) — The Heard County Braves (20-10) will travel to Bleckley County High School in Cochran, GA tomorrow to battle the Bleckley County Royals (23-7) in the second round best-of-three series of the 2017 GHSA Class AA State Baseball Playoffs.

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

If the teams split Friday’s doubleheader, the two teams will play a third and deciding rubber “if” game at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday also at Bleckley County High School.

The series was originally scheduled to begin today but with the impending weather forecast, the decision was made late Wednesday night to postpone the series for one day.

The winner of the series will host Bacon County May 10-11. Bacon swept Rabun County Wednesday by scores of 10-0 and 12-3.

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

Heard Co. Braves @ Bleckley Co. Royals

Preview 16WHEN: Friday Doubleheader (1st Pitch @ 5:00 p.m.)/ “If” game Saturday (1st Pitch @ 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Bleckley County High School, 1 Royal Drive, Cochran, GA 31014

DIRECTIONS: Click here for directions to the game from HCHS (Distance 142 miles/Trip Time 2:41)

RECORDS: Royals (23-7, 12-0 in Region 3-AA), Braves (20-10, 9-3 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Royals – Brad Davis, Braves – Trent Bianco

SEEDINGS: The Royals enter round two of the state playoffs as the #1 seed in Region 3-AA, The Braves come in as the 5-AA #2 seed

RANKINGS: Royals (Ranked No. 9 in Class AA by Score Atlanta), Braves (Ranked No. 4 in Class AA by Score Atlanta)

COLORS: Royals (Purple/Gold), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

THE WINNER: The winner will host Bacon Co. (#3 seed in Region 2-AA) May 10-11

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 60’s before dipping down into the upper 50’s/ Saturday – Sunny with highs in the low 70’s.

(Photo: Gary Jones)


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