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For the first time in school history the Starr's Mill baseball team is headed to the championship final in Class AAAA.
The Panthers knocked out their host, the Loganville Red Devils, in a doubleheader today. The clinching game featured a complete game one-hitter hurled by Ken Jackson.
The only Starr's Mill offense came on a two-run homer from Jesse Baker, who also got the game-winning hit in the eighth inning of game one.
The Panthers were down 5-0 after the first in game one, but Michael Jeanes tossed six scoreless innings of relief to close out the win.
For Northgate, it was a chance to get back to a place they had been before, while for Starr’s Mill it was a chance to go where no other baseball team in school history had been. As for Landmark, they just wanted some revenge.
Class AAAAA State Quarterfinals
East Coweta Indians (27-3) vs. Brookwood Broncos (20-10), 4 p.m. Tuesday
Starr's Mill's Katie Bragg was a Class AAAA state champion in the discus and a state runner-up in the shot put. Photo/Special.
Starr’s Mill’s varsity baseball team (21-7) swept Winder-Barrow on Wednesday to advance to the Class AAAA quarterfinals. The Panthers won the first game 5-2 and took the second game 4-1.
Starr’s Mill’s varsity baseball team (19-7) took on Chamblee in the opening round of the Class AAAA state playoffs and won 5-3 and 12-4.
Landmark Christian School’s Marlon Bryan won individual state titles in the 110 meter high hurdles and the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Photo/Special.
Starr’s Mill’s girls track team won the region title this week with 116.5 points. They were followed by Sandy Creek and Whitewater in second and third with McIntosh in 10th and Fayette County in 12th.
The state baseball playoffs will begin Friday and Fayette County will send three teams into the 32 team bracket, while Landmark Christian, last year’s state runners-up in Class A, also start their title quest this Friday.
Whitewater's Erin Emerson has been an offensive force in the state playoffs. Her two goals against Salem in the Lady Wildcats' semifinal win propelled Whitewater to their second state championship game in three years.