Lee Co.-Johns Creek Game 3 postponed

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) –

The saga of Lee County and Johns Creek will continue for at least a few more days.

Game 3 of the state baseball semifinal series between the Trojans and Gladiators has been postponed due to Wednesday’s forecasted storms. The game will now be played Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Leesburg.

This change throws the Class 6A state championship out of whack as well. The state title series was scheduled to begin Friday evening in Rome. That series will now be played at a campus site next Tuesday and Wednesday.

If Lee County beats Johns Creek in Game 3, there will be coin flip between the Trojans and Pope to determine who will host the series. If Johns Creek wins, Pope will host the state championship by virtue of their higher seed.

Lee County athletic director Hank Wright says the possibility of hosting the state championship is a pleasant surprise.

“It may come down to a coin toss, and we’ve lost a couple of those this year,” Wright laughs. “But we would have an opportunity to host the state championship series here, and we would just love that opportunity.”

The best-of-three title series is now scheduled to begin Tuesday with a doubleheader. Game 3 would be Wednesday if necessary.

As for this state semifinal series, it’s been one of the stranger state playoffs in any sport in recent memory. Emotions are running high on both sides, and that has led to some contention between fans on social media.

Both schools say they know Friday’s game will hotly contested, and say they are prepared to handle any hostility.

“The environment that we’re going into is going to be pretty hostile,” says Johns Creek head coach Billy Nicholson. “But we talk to our players all the time about controlling what you can control.”

“We’re aware that there’s some potential issues, problems out there, and we’ve addressed that,” says Wright. “We’ve made plans for people to be here to help us make sure nothing does happen that’s out of line.”

Wright says Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on site, as well as a few officers that Johns Creek is bringing to help with crowd control.

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Wildcats expect emotional ride at state championships

ELLAVILLE, GA (WALB) –

The Schley County Wildcats are set and ready to go for their state championship series against Gordon Lee in Rome Thursday.

The Wildcats will try to win their second state title in three years. Many of the guys on this team won that championship, and know it’s going to be an emotional ride.

“It means a lot,” says senior center fielder Reid Ragsdale. “There’s no other feeling like playing for a state championship.”

“You know the feeling of a state championship, but there’s always going to be nerves when you’re walking in,” admits senior catcher Jarrod Wall.

“It’s a feeling like no other,” says senior third baseman Clint Sellars. “We’re just trying to stay humble and not get a big head about it.”

The Wildcats will take on Gordon Lee Thursday in Rome for the Class A-Public state championship. Game 1 of the best-of-three series begins at 11:00 a.m. with Game 2 following 30 minutes after the first contest. Game 3 would be Saturday if necessary.

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Brock worries about precedent set by GHSA

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) –

On Monday, the GHSA Board of Trustees voted to uphold the appeal of the Johns Creek baseball team. The vote reversed a call made on the field near the end of Game 2 of the state semifinal between the Gladiators and Lee County, won by the Trojans in extra innings.

The appeal gave Johns Creek the Game 2 win, forcing a decisive game to be played Wednesday in Leesburg.

GHSA Executive Committee president Dr. Glenn White told WALB Sports the board knew it was a “precedent making decision.”

Now many coaches and officials around the state are concerned about what that new standard may mean. You can count Lee County head coach Brandon Brock in that group.

“What concerns me is undoing an umpire’s judgment. I’m thinking now are we going to protest every call made in every sport?” Brock says. “That opens up a whole different box.”

The Trojans and Gladiators are set to square off Wednesday at 5:30 p.m, but the weather forecast does not seem ideal for baseball. Lee County officials tell me they will make a call about playing or postponing the game late Wednesday morning.

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Wade steps down as T’ville girls basketball coach

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –

Thomasville head girls basketball and volleyball coach Antonio Wade has stepped down after four seasons with the Bulldogs.

Wade will be taking over the girls basketball program at Roswell.

In his four seasons, the Bulldogs went 61-55 and reached the state playoffs every year.

Thomasville will begin the search for a new coach soon.

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Terrell Academy advances to state baseball finals

MACON, GA (WALB) –

The Terrell Academy Eagles needed to go 2-0 Monday to advance to the state finals, and keep their season alive, and 2-0 they went.

The Eagles rallied past Windsor Academy, 8-6, in Game 2 Monday afternoon, before shutting out the Knights for a 3-0 Game 3 victory.

Terrell will play Piedmont Academy this weekend in the GISA Class AA state championship in Macon. The series will be played at Mercer University’s Claude Smith Field. Game 1 is set for Friday night at 7:30. Game 2 is Saturday afternoon at 1:30, and Game 3 would be played 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary.

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