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Cedar Grove and Stephenson proved to be the big winners among DeKalb County schools in the second week of regular season baseball action last week. Coach Lavato Byrd's Cedar Grove Saints posted a perfect 3-0 mark, knocking off Mays (1-0) Feb. 24, Clarkston (16-0) Feb. 28 and Tri-Cities (8-5) March 1 by the combined margin of 25-5 in improving to 3-1 overall for the year.
Jaquarious Glover registered the second no-hitter, striking out nine and over five innings in helping Cedar Grove romp past Clarkston by a 16-0 final count Feb. 28. Glover (3-3; 3 RS; 2 RBI; 1 2B; 1 3B) joined senior Deion Sellers (3-4; 4 RBI; 2 RS; 1 HR; 2 SB) as the brightest stars for the Saint offense.
Senior Joe Malcolm tossed five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two in pacing Cedar Grove's 1-0 blanking of Mays Feb. 24. Junior James Hartsfield (2-3) and sophomore Earl Russell (2-2; 1 RS; 2 SB) led the way offensively for the Saints. Sellers (2-2; 3 RS; 4 SB), sophomore Antwan Jackson (2-3; 2 RS; 3 RBI; 1 HR) and Glover (2-4; 2 RBI; 1 RS) put up big offensive numbers for Cedar Grove in an 8-5 win over Tri-Cities March 1.
Coach Marco Jackson's Stephenson Jaguars likewise put together a strong 3-0 showing last week, registering impressive triumphs over Chamblee (3-1) Feb. 24, Union Grove (6-2) February 28 and Columbia (5-1) March 1 in moving to 4-2 overall in the record column.
Junior Jordan Ballou turned in a super mound outing for Stephenson in a 3-1 triumph over Chamblee Feb. 24, striking out five and allowing two hits and one earned run over 5 2/3 innings.
Druid Hills Sophomore Austin Ledet nailed down the first no-hitter of the 2014 campaign, posting 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 blanking of Meadowcreek Feb. 25. Senior Derrick Lewis had two hits each to pace the Red Devil offense.
Sophomore Senior Tyler Povlsen struck out five in six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk to pace Lakeside in a 7-1 triumph over Druid Hills March 1. Junior Jonathan Cooper (2-2; 2 RS) and senior Bobby Tippitt (1-2; 4 RBI) topped the Viking offense.
Juniors Jalen Aterburry (2-4; 4 RS; 2 3B; 3 SB) and Trenton Nash (2-4; 2 RS; 2 RBI) led the way in Columbia's 13-7 victory over Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 25. Junior Elliot Hammonds tossed a one-hitter and Atterbury (2-3; 4 RBI; 2 RS) and senior Ryan Knox (2-2; 3 RBI) helped Columbia best Miller Grove 15-0 Feb. 26.
Columbia led the way among three undefeated teams in the first week of baseball action for DeKalb County squads in the 2014 season.
Coach Steve Dennis and the Eagles used strong pitching to knock off Southwest DeKalb (3-2) in eight innings Feb. 17, Cedar Grove (5-3) Feb. 19 and McNair (15-0) Feb. 22 by the combined score of 23-5.
Junior Justin Washington shined at the plate (2-3; 2 RS; 1 SB) and on the mound (5 IP; 2 ER; 2 HA; 4 SO) in Columbia's 3-2 victory over Southwest DeKalb Feb. 17. Junior Jalen Atterburry earned the pitching triumph for the Eagles in the contest with three innings of scoreless relief that included three strikeouts.
Senior William Belcher finished 3-3 with three runs scored, two doubles and a stolen base to pace Columbia's 5-3 decision over Cedar Grove Feb. 19. Junior Patrick Wright (3 1/3 IP; 2 SO) garnered the pitching decision for the Eagles.
Atterbury (2-3; 3 RS; 3 RBI; 2 SB) and junior Trenton Nash (2-3; 3 RS; 2 RBI; 1 3B) collected multiple hits in Columbia's 15-0 romp over McNair Feb. 22. Atterbury (3 IP; 2 HA; 7 SO) and junior Jamal Devine (2 IP; 1 HA; 6 SO) teamed up for 13 strikeouts on the mound, with Atterbury earning the victory.
Defending state Class AAAA champion Redan also served notice of its plans to repeat by opening with an impressive 4-1 road triumph over traditional state power Eagle's Landing Christian Feb. 21 at Eagle's Landing Christian. Coach Marvin Pruitt's Raiders received a combined no-hitter from two pitchers in jumping out of the gates to a 1-0 start.
Seniors Daren Osby (4 IP; 8 SO; WP) and Corderias Dorsey (3 IP; 7 SO) turned in a brilliant no-hitter effort that included 15 strikeouts for Redan in a 4-1 triumph over Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Feb. 21. Senior Miles Fore (2-4; 1 RS; 1 RBI; 1 HR) and junior Deanthony Baker (2-2; 2 RBI; 1 RS; 1 HR) paced the Raider offense.
Coach Eric Hoxie's Arabia Mountain Rams also posted a perfect 1-0 week, doubling up Westlake to the tune of a 10-5 triumph Feb. 21 at Arabia Mountain.
Sophomore Will Cosby (3 IP; 2 SO) posted the victory and sophomore Jaret Barr (2 IP; 1 HA; 1 SO) was strong in relief for Lakeside in a 10-0 blanking of Berkmar Feb. 17. Seniors Brad Earnest (2-3; 2 RS; 2 SB) and Bobby Tippitt (2-3; 1 RBI; 1 2B) had big days at the plate for the Vikings.
The twin brother tandem of juniors Chris Burgess (2-4; 1 RS; 1 RBI; 1 HR; 1 2B) and Brent Burgess (2-3; 1 RS; 1 RBI; 1 2B) shined offensively for Chamblee in a 4-3 victory over Riverwood Feb. 17. Senior Drew Henry struck out five over four innings and senior Somto Egbuna struck out one in an inning of relief to claim the mound decision.
Senior Malik Jones fanned 10 batters and allowed one hit over five innings in Chamblee's 4-2 triumph over North Atlanta Feb. 19. Brent Burgess (2-4; 2 RBI; 1 RS; 2 2B) and junior David Stroer (2-3) led the offensive charge.
Junior Tekwaan Whyte (2-4; 2 RS; 1 RBI; 1 2B), junior Terrell McCall (2-2; 1 RS; 1 RBI), senior David Burke (2-2) and junior Dexter Neal (2-3; 1 RS; 2 2B) delivered two hits each for Stephenson in a 7-2 decision over Druid Hills Feb. 17. Junior Marcus Young took the mound decision, striking out two over four innings.
Junior Will Bryant went the distance on the mound and senior T.J. Young belted two hits and added four RBI to pace Druid Hills to a 16-1 victory over Our Lady of Mercy Feb. 21. Sophomore Nick Ewing tossed five innings for the pitching triumph and Young again paced the offense with two hits and two RBI for Druid Hills in a 7-6 victory over Chamblee Feb. 22.
Senior Kevin Wimbish (2-3; 4 RBI; 1 2B) and junior Mario Alston (2-3; 2 RS) shined offensively and senior Malik Atkins (3 IP; 2 SO) took the mound triumph in Southwest DeKalb's 8-3 victory over Mundy's Mill Feb. 19.
Tyrus Taylor reached an historic coaching milestone in Southwest DeKalb's 4-3 victory over Grady Monday, Feb. 24 at Southwest DeKalb.
The Georgia College graduate realized his 100th victory as the head coach for the Panthers in the thrilling home decision over Grady, a state Class AAAA playoff qualifying team a year ago as the No. 4 seed from Region 6AAAA.
Now in his ninth year at the helm of the Southwest DeKalb program, Taylor has posted a 100-94-3 overall record.
Senior catcher Malik White (2-3) and sophomore first baseman-pitcher Tyler Sylvester (2-2; 1 RS; 1 2B) collected two hits each to pace the Panther offensive charge.
Senior pitcher-infielder Kevin Wimbish (1-1; 2 RS) and junior infielder Davian Manley (1-2) registered two stolen bases each.
The Panthers also received strong pitching in the contest, as senior Malik Atkins struck out three and allowed three hits over 2 1/3 scoreless innings in getting the victory and Sylvester fanned three while giving up three hits and three earned runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Taylor has registered four winning campaigns during his time with the Panthers, highlighted by a 16-9 mark in 2006 to go along with showings of 14-8-1 in 2008, 15-10 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2013.
Sixteen boys' teams from Georgia (13), Tennessee (1), Florida (1) and Mississippi (1) are headed to Tucker High School to play in the DeKalb County Chick-Fil-A High School Basketball Classic on December 26-30.
The tournament held the past two years at Columbia and won by Columbia moved to the larger venue this year as 12 playoff teams from 2013, including one state champion, one runner-up and one Final Four participant, take on the four game challenge for the title.
Eight games are on tap for Thursday, December 26 to open the tournament and eight more on Friday (Dec. 27) as day one winners and losers play.
The tournament opens at 10 a.m. as an up and coming young squad from Southwest DeKalb faces Sandy Creek. Southwest is led by freshman Naquante Hardy (14.0 points, 2.8 steals, 1.8 assists) and sophomore Keith Gilmore (13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 1.8 assists). The Panthers are 3-3 heading into a date against Tucker before the Christmas break.
Sandy Creek has gotten out to a 5-0 start this season after going 7-16 a year ago.
Seniors Paul Jackson (21.5 points, 6.4 assists) and Greg King (13.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks) lead a Martin Luther King Jr. team sitting at 6-4 with a pair of dates before tournament time as the Lions take on DeKalb County rival Stone Mountain at 11:30 a.m.
Stone Mountain is 5-2 heading into this week's DeKalb County Pre-Holiday Tournament. The Pirates are led by senior post player Damani Walker (15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds).
Butler, a 2013 Class AAAA state playoff participant, is off to a slow start of 1-4, but not because of the red hot junior Don Coleman as a 1 p.m. date with Mays gets the tournament first day almost to the halfway mark. Coleman is averaging 31.3 points per game and 3.5 steals to lead Butler.
Mays, a 2013 Class AAAAA Sweet 16 team, is also off to a slow start of 1-4 with a tough early schedule.
Two of the hottest teams at this point in the season meet in the 2:30 p.m. game as 6-0 Cedar Grove meets up with 5-0 Jenkins of Savannah.
The Saints play three games in the U-Save-It Tournament in Albany before Christmas while Jenkins is in the Battle of the South. Cedar Grove is led by Junior Kenneth Lewis (15.2 points), sophomore Jacari Cross (10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 steals) and junior Christopher Frederick (8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.2 assists.
Jenkins is led by seniors Brenden Carter (14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists) and Jamelle Lanier (13 points).
Meridian (MS) tips off at 4 p.m. against Crisp County as the Mississippi team makes its third appearance in DeKalb County. Meridian was the 2011 Class 6A champion in Mississippi and is bouncing back nicely from a 15-7 season of a year ago with a 9-2 record with two games remaining before the holidays.
Crisp County, a Class AAAA state playoff participant in 2013, is trying to build some momentum going into the second half of the season with a 2-4 record on the season thus far. Crisp heads to the Middle Georgia Classic this weekend.
Class AAAA state title contender Columbia is 5-0 heading into its big showdown with Miller Grove on Friday and has Brainerd (TN) in the sixth game of the day at Tucker. The Eagles tip off at 5:30 p.m. and are led by juniors Bryce Brown (18.0 points, 5.0 assists) and Anthony Rice (17.0 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 steals).
Brainerd, a regular season opponent for Cedar Grove, is coming off a 106-52 win over Red Bank (TN) as they prepare to take on the Eagles.
Glen Hills and Greenforest hit the court at 7 p.m. in the opening round. Glenn Hills is off to a 4-1 start heading into the RCBOE Christmas Classic in Augusta this weekend while defending Class A Private School champion Greenforest is 4-2 with losses to coming to tournament participant Cedar Grove and Norcross in tight low scoring games.
The final game of the opening round is set for 8:30 p.m. as the hosts Tucker Tigers face Gainesville (FL).
Tucker is 7-1 heading into a Region 6-AAAAA match up with Southwest DeKalb this week with the only loss coming to North Gwinnett. The Tigers are led by senior Jon Dunmeyer (21. points), senior Shembari Phillips (13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists) and junior TJ Thomas (10 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks).
Gainesville is coming off a 21-10 season and a Florida Class 6A semifinal appearance in 2013 and rolls in with 8-1 record with one game to play this week before coming to Georgia. Gainesville returns four players from a year ago that averaged in double figures led by 6-foot-six inch Isaiah Jackson (15.4 points, 7.7 rebounds), 6-5 Kevin Bolen (12.0 points), 6-4 Eric Turner (11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds) and 6-2 Ike Smith (10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds).
Fans can see all eight games for $10 and each following days' action is $10.
CHICK-FIL-A CLASSIC SCHEDULE
DAY 1 - DEC. 26 AT TUCKER HIGH SCHOOL
Southwest DeKalb (3-3) vs. Sandy Creek (5-0), 10 a.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. (6-4) vs. Stone Mountain (5-2), 11:30 a.m.
Butler (1-4) vs. Mays (1-4), 1 p.m.
Cedar Grove (6-0) vs. Jenkins (6-0), 2:30 p.m.
Crisp County (2-4) vs. Meridian, MS (9-2), 4 p.m.
Columbia (5-0) vs. Brainerd, TN (2-1), 5:30 p.m.
Glenn Hills (4-1) vs. Greenforest (4-2), 7 p.m.
Tucker (7-1) vs. Gainesville, FL (9-1), 8:30 p.m.
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Head Coach Marvin Pruitt, assistant coach Chris Hardnett and pitcher Brandon Baker all recently picked up honors for the 2013 state championship season from the Georgia Dugout Club.
Pruitt, the all-time leader in wins for a DeKalb County baseball coach at 488-325-5 overall, and Hardnett were named Class AAAA Co-Coaches of the Year for leading the Raiders to their first state championship in 2013.
Pruitt who became ill early in the season turned the reigns over to Hardnett who along with Harry Sapp kept the Raiders rolling into the playoffs. Redan went 10-1 during the playoffs and finished the season with an 11-0, 4-3 sweep of 12-time champion Marist in the finals. Pruitt attended all the state playoff games in support of his players as they worked toward that elusive state title.
The Georgia Dugout Club named Baker, a left-handed pitcher, the Class AAAA Player of the Year for his performance during the season on the mound. Baker went 8-1 with a 1.41 earned run average during the regular season and was 4-1 in the postseason run to the title.
Baker was the winning pitcher in that 4-3 title clinching win for the Raiders and accepted a scholarship to the University of Missouri where he is currently enrolled.
The Redan Raiders made their mark on high school baseball not only as a school, but for the DeKalb County School District and the Atlanta Metro area with their Class AAAA state championship series sweep of the Marist War Eagles at Marist on Monday.
The 11-0 and 4-3 wins to sweep the best-of-three title series gave a storied baseball program its first ever baseball state title, the 10th for DeKalb County Schools, and the first ever for a team made up completely of African-Americans from metro Atlanta to win a Georgia High School Association baseball state title.
Redan's 10-1 record in the playoffs improved its overall in the state playoffs record to 48-41 and atop the DeKalb standings. The Raiders also set a new school record for wins with the 30-7 mark this season breaking the old mark of 26-7 set in 1982 and repeated in 1988.
The Redan Raiders made their mark on high school baseball not only as a school, but for the DeKalb County School District and the Atlanta Metro area with their Class AAAA state championship series sweep of the Marist War Eagles at Marist on Monday.
The 11-0 and 4-3 wins to sweep the best-of-three title series gave a storied baseball program its first ever baseball state title, the 10th for DeKalb County Schools and the first ever for a team made up completely of African-Americans from metro Atlanta to win a Georgia High School Association baseball state title.
The Raiders make it look to be too easy in the opening game as junior lefty Corderius Dorsey pitched a complete game, two-hit, shutout in the 11-0 victory to take the series lead 1-0.
Dorsey worked out of a couple of jams early on then took advantage of an early 2-0 lead. A solo homer by Georgia signee Wesley Jones in the first inning made it 1-0 then Dorsey helped his own cause with a run scoring single in the top of the second.
Fifteen of the final 16 War Eagle batters to face Dorsey failed to reach base while the Raiders stepped on the gas in the sixth and seventh inning to blow the game open.
Dorsey who finished 5-0 in the state playoffs (half the Raiders' 10 wins on the way to the title) aided his own cause with a chopper over the infield with runners on second and third to push the lead to 4-0 heading into the final inning. Miles Fore capped a seven-run outburst in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer to deep center for the final of 11-0.
Trega Williams, the hero in a game one semifinal win over Troup County, was 2-4 at the plate with two doubles and 2 RBI to lead the Raiders followed by Dorsey (2-4, 3 RBI), James Nelson (2-5; 1 RBI), Brandon Baker (2-5; 2 RS), Miles Fore (2-4; 2 RS; 2 RBI; 1 HR) and Kendrick Elder (2-4; 1 RBI).
The history setting Game 2 victory did not come as easy, but the Raiders jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held on for the title clinching 4-3 win.
Winning pitcher Brandon Baker, a Missouri signee, got things going in the bottom of the first inning as his run scoring single put the Raiders on the board first again and a Marist throwing error with the bases loaded allowed the lead to jump to 3-0 after one complete.
Marist got to Baker for a run in the top of the second only to have Jones answer with a RBI double in the bottom of the inning to keep the margin at three with the Raiders up 4-1.
Baker allowed a run in the fifth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth to hold the slim 4-3 lead.
Marist got a runner on with a walk against reliever Darian Osby in the seventh, but he responded with a pair of strikeouts to record the save and send the team celebrating with sidelined Coach Marvin Pruitt, DeKalb's winningest coach with over 400 wins in his career and a Georgia Dugout Hall of Fame member.
Pruitt's medical condition kept him watching from a distance and away from the ball field completely during most of the season, but couldn't keep him away during the playoffs as he showed up to support his squad as assistants Chris Hardnett and Harry Sapp worked to keep the players focused.
Joseph Graves (2-2; 1 RS) and James Nelson (2-3; 1 RS) led the Redan offense that ended with nine hits. Baker scattered eight hits and four walks over six innings in picking up his fourth win of the playoff season.
The state title was the first for DeKalb County Schools since Dunwoody's 2007 sweep of Columbus in the Class AAA state championship.
Redan's 10-1 record in the playoffs improved its overall in the state playoffs record to 48-41 and atop the DeKalb standings. The Raiders lead second place Dunwoody (37-39) and third place Tucker (32-38) as the only DeKalb teams with more than 30 playoff victories.
The Raiders also set a new school record for wins with the 30-7 mark this season breaking the old mark of 26-7 set in 1982 and repeated in 1988.
The playoff tradition of the Raiders with the likes for former and current major leaguers such as 16 year MLB player Wally Joyner and current players such as All-Star Brandon Phillips (1999) of the Cincinnati Reds, Chris Nelson (2003) of the New York Yankees and Dominic Brown (2006) with Philadelphia had advanced to the semifinals in 2003 and again 2010, but finally broke through for that coveted state championship against 12-time champion Marist.Semifinals
Trega Williams and Darian Osby played key roles in sending the Redan Raiders into their first state championship appearance as Redan won two of three games to take a best-of-three semifinal series from Troup County at Redan.
Williams rallied the Raiders to a 9-8 victory in Game 1 as he hit a walk-off , three-run homer to give Redan a 1-0 lead in the series.
Troup held off another Raider rally in the top of the seventh in the second game to even the series at one game apiece with a 4-3 win in the nightcap of the doubleheader.
Troup jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third game, but the resilient Raiders rallied for a 3-2 victory as regular reliever Darian Osby went the distance despite giving up two first inning runs.
Osby settled in and pitched six scoreless innings to finish the game as the Raiders rallied. Bakari Gayle drove in the go-ahead run for the 3-2 lead in the sixth.
Troup threatened in the seventh but Osby rose to the occasion in the final inning as he had done most of the season in a relief role and a final fly ball out propelled the Raiders into the championship round.Road to the Class AAAA Championship
Arabia Mountain ace Jordan Scott pitched six shutout innings as the starter for the East Senior All-Stars to lead his teammates to a 3-1 victory over the West in the 11th Annual DeKalb County Senior All-Star Baseball Classic May 28 at Georgia State University Baseball Complex.
Scott struck out six West batters, walked to and scattered three hits over his six shutout innings to pick up the pitching decision.
Scott got staked to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Miller Grove's Fentress Henderson singled to score Wolverine teammate Willie Moody who had reached by getting hit by a pitch and moved to second on a passed ball.
Redan all-star shortstop Wesley Jones, fresh off the Raiders state championship the day before, delivered the key offensive blow in the fifth inning. He ripped a double to the gap in right-center to push across two runs in the fifth inning that provided a 3-0 advantage for the East.
Lithonia's Corwin Latner and Stephenson's B.J. Barnes followed Scott on the mound and kept the West off the board until the top of the ninth.
Latner struck out one in the top of the seventh and allowed only one hit and one walk over two scoreless innings before giving way to Barnes in the ninth.
The West nearly pulled off a dramatic rally to victory as Quesean McCoy of Towers drew a walk to start things off, and Columbia's Xavier Floyd followed with an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1.
A strikeout, walk, strikeout and walk followed to load the bases with two outs, where Deric Boone of Druid Hills ripped a bullet to left that was snared for the final out.
The East received six hits in the contest, led by the one each of Fentress Henderson, Redan's Joseph Graves, Redan's Wesley Jones, Arabia Mountain's Eugene Mabota, Southwest DeKalb's Marcus Hodge and Arabia Mountain's Joseph Holmes.
Scott garnered MVP honors for the East with six strikeouts in a winning effort as a pitcher, while Dunwoody's Ryan Gaines secured MVP honors for the West with two shutout innings on the mound that included two strikeout innings.
The 2013 Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was the first to feature the East vs. West format as the first 10 All-Star Classics pitted the North vs. South format. The East leads the new series 1-0.
The West Junior All-Stars claimed the first in the new DeKalb County All-Star Baseball Classic series pitting the West against the East by pounding out 13 hits in a 12-0 victory at the Georgia State University Baseball Complex earlier this week.
A three-run first inning got the West off to a quick start as one-out walks to Drew Henry (Chamblee) and Will Hudgins (Dunwoody) brought Cedar Grove's Deion Sellers to the plate. Sellers responded by blasting a three-run homer for a 3-0 West lead.
The lead expanded to 6-0 on the second as Brad Earnest (Lakeside) hit a leadoff double and Chamblee's Jared McKay was hit by a pitch to set up a sacrifice fly by Jay Scott (Dunwoody) to score the first of three runs in the inning. William Belcher (Columbia) followed with a single and Hudgins singled to score McKay and Belcher to round out the second inning scoring.
The run in the fourth inning consisted of a one-out double by Chamblee's Malik Jones and an RBI single by Dunwoody's Hudgins for three on the day.
Earnest had his second double of the game in the four-run fifth inning to follow a single by T.J. Young (Druid Hills) to get the big inning started. Ryan Knox (Columbia) reached on an error to score two runs and Tyler Povleson (Lakeside) and Hudgins answered with RBI singles to push the lead out to 11-0.
Brian Smith of Towers walked to lead off the seventh and came around to score on a one-out single by Lakeside's Povleson, his second of the game.
The West finished with 13 hits, led by Hudgins (3-4, 4 RBI), Sellers (2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Earnest (2-4, 2 doubles) and Povleson (2-2, 2 RBI).
Three Chamblee pitchers teamed up for the complete game shutout victory. Drew Henry was the starting and winning pitcher for the West, going 3 innings and finishing with 1 strikeout, 1 walk and 1 hit allowed.
Chamblee's Jared McKay followed Henry and threw three scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk.
Chamblee's Malik Jones, the West MVP, then closed it out with three scoreless innings, tallying 4 strikeouts and giving up 1 hit and 1 walk.
Southwest DeKalb's Kevin Wimbish was selected as the MVP for the East, finishing 3-4 at the plate. He was the lone player to collect a hit for the East in the game.
The Dunwoody Wildcats ended a 33-year drought of baseball state championships for DeKalb County Schools by bringing home the class AAA state title in 2007 with a 2-0 sweep of Columbus.
The last Georgia High School Association baseball state championship to find a home in DeKalb County Schools before 2007 came back in 1974 when Henderson laid claim with a 2-0 series sweep of Southwest Macon.
DeKalb County Schools had come up short since that time despite sending some very good teams into the playoffs. Prior to 1974, DeKalb had won titles in 1952 (Avondale), 1956 (Tucker), 1964 (Avondale), 1966 (Tucker), 1967 (Tucker), 1968 (Walker) and 1972 (Sequoyah).
Redan made sure it would not take 33 years for the next title as the Raiders knocked off rival Marist 2-0 (11-0, 4-3) in the 2013 championship series on the way to setting a school record for wins at 30-7 on the season.
It gave the perennial playoff contender Redan its first baseball state title as the Raiders upended the Marist War Eagles who had won the Region 6-AAAA title with a 2-1 series win over the Raiders. Redan went 10-1 in the state playoffs while sweeping four of the five playoff series.
Beginning with the 1952 season, DeKalb County Schools teams have combined for 129 playoff appearances through the 2007 season. Eighteen of the current 19 DeKalb schools have made at least one playoff appearance following Martin Luther King Jr.'s rise to 5AAA champ in 2004. Gordon and Shamrock, two of the seven schools that are no longer high schools, were the only ones of the 26 DeKalb schools to never make a playoff appearance prior to the opening of Miller Grove High School in 2005. The playoff run has collected 211 wins over that time as well.
The baseball history of DeKalb County Schools also includes the likes of former pros Wally Joyner (Redan), Pete Ladd (Henderson) and Ron Blomberg (Druid Hills).
DeKalb County Schools has been a hotbed on draft day with 75 players drafted between 1985 and 2006. That includes three from the 2004 season including first round and number 9 pick overall Chris Nelson of Redan (Colorado) and four from 2006 including Scott Hunter of M.L. King in the 3rd round (San Diego, 93rd pick) and 2005 second round selection P.J. Phillips of Redan (California, 73rd pick).
Redan's Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati) and Dominic Brown (Philadelphia) gave the Raiders a double-dip as both appeared in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Phillips was making his third appearance and first as the starting second baseman for the National League. Brown, an outfielder, was chosen for the National League squad after leading the league in home runs before the All-Star break.
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