At least one local team’s dreams of a state baseball championship are still alive.
Starr’s Mill is moving on to the Final Four with a resounding two-game sweep of Westminster (11-1, 6-0).
Westminster had a chance to blow game one open. They plated a run in the top of the first inning to lead 1-0, then loaded the bases with no outs in the second.
Instead, Heath Whitlock danced out of the jam with no damage done. The last out was a long fly ball to deep center that Bo Walker tracked down at the wall to shut down the Wildcats.
The Panthers seized momentum and did not look back.
Their bats came to life in the third inning. Walker laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases, and Max Prozny singled home the tying run. Ariston Veasey drew a walk to load them again, and Jack Ryan ripped a two-run single to take the lead 3-1. Sully White plated one run on a fielder’s choice, and Evan Harrah singled home one more to make it a 5-1 lead after three full innings.
The runs kept coming as they pulled away for an 11-1 win. Game two was more domination, as they scored a 6-0 shutout win.
It was a remarkable run for the Panthers. After allowing the lone run in the first inning, they proceeded to score 17 unanswered runs over the two games.
The Panthers travel to play North Oconee in the semifinals.
McIntosh is still battling for a spot in the AAAAA Final Four. The Chiefs beat Winder-Barrow in game one 10-3, but lost game two 3-0. The decisive game three was set to be played after press time.
Whitewater was knocked out in two games by North Oconee (14-5, 9-3). The Wildcats finish the year with a 22-13 record.
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