There weren’t too many upsets to speak of in the second round of the GHSA playoffs, aside from a lawsuit, which briefly halted action in one class and forced postponements. Most series ended in just two games with the higher seed taking nearly all of the games across all classes.
Flowery Branch bucked that trend, though, when they took down number one seed Arabia Mountain in three games, including a shutout in game three of the AAAAA bracket. The region 8 three-seed (of four) took down the region 5 champion, Arabia Mountain behind a shutout in the decisive game three. After taking the first game in thrilling fashion, 7-6, Arabia Mountain would be victorious in game two by a score of 4-2.
The 20-16 Falcons left no doubt in game three on their way to a run rule 10-0 victory over Arabia Mountain behind dominant a dominant pitching performance.
This was Flowery Branch’s second straight upset, after taking down two-seed Villa Rica in three games to open the GHSA playoffs. The Falcons will have to upset another team for their run to continue as they prepare to square up with region 1 champion, Veterans. They’ve skidded by — barely taking the first round vs. Statesboro, clinging to a 2-1 victory in game three, followed by a tough three-game matchup with Whitewater, which saw them get shutout in game one.
Round three of the GHSA playoffs take place Wednesday with game threes (if necessary) occurring on Thursday. Winners from this around advance to the final four in their respective brackets, taking place 5/15-16.
Here’s a look at some other action from round two of the GHSA playoffs:
- We had two all-Gwinnett matchups in class AAAAAAA, which saw Parkview take down Mountain View in two games and Grayson take down North Gwinnett. Brookwood and Mill Creek were also both victorious in their games, meaning half of the remaining teams in class AAAAAAA are Gwinnett programs. None of the teams play each other in the next round, which means there’s a chance we could have an all Gwinnett final four. Wow!
- Blessed Trinity was challenged by Troup County — who came within one and two runs, respectively, in the two games — but still came away with the two game sweep. They face off against a power-hitting Columbus lineup in the next game, which should make for an interesting contest.
- Madness in AAAAA! Buford — a two-seed — took down region six champion Decatur in convincing fashion, 10-2 and 4-5. They advance to take on another two-seed, Ola, who had an upset of their own when they defeated region two champion, Wayne County, in three games.
- In AAAAAA, region three champion Heritage Conyers combined to defeat Drew 31-1 in round one (in two games). They got a taste of their own medicine in round two as they only scored one run in two games vs. Houston County, who shut them out in game two and advance to play Pope in the next round.
- Speaking of Pope, it took them three games to defeat Harrison. They barely took game one, 8-7, before being soundly defeated in game two, 4-1. It’s safe to say Pope broke out of their slump in game three as they took a 21-0 victory in a run-rule shortened affair.