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Baker has a perfect night to lead East Junior All-Stars to win

photo of DCSD Baseball Decatur's Luke Bumgardner (left) and Redan's
DeAnthony Baker were named as the West and East
Junior All-Star MVPs, respectively

Redan catcher DeAnthony Baker was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI to propel the East Junior All-Stars to a 16-7 victory over the West in the sixth annual DeKalb County Junior All-Star Classic at Georgia State University's Baseball Complex.

Baker, who earned MVP honors for the East squad, reached base in all five plate appearances (2 walks), scored three runs and caught all eight innings to help the East even the series at 1-1 with the West.

The East jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first two innings scoring four in the first on a two-run double by Redan's James Nelson, and RBI singles by Baker and Arabia Mountain's Jakobi Meyers.

Baker drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second and starting pitcher Jake Lovvorn grounded out to second to score Nelson for the 7-0 lead.

Lakeside's Will Cosby got the West on the board in the fourth taking advantage of two errors to score after slapping a single.

The East expanding the lead to 10-1 on a back-to-back RBI doubles by Baker and Lovvorn and a run scoring single by Stephenson's TeKwann Whyte in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The West answered with two runs in the top of the fifth following a leadoff single by Justin Washington of Columbia and double off the bat of Dunwoody's Kevin Smith. Consecutive groundouts to the right side by Dunwoody's Chase Hawkins and Columbia's Jalen Atterburry made it a 10-3 game.

Kameron Armstrong's bases-loaded walk started a three-run rally for the East in the sixth inning as the lead ballooned to 13-3. Southwest DeKalb's Damian Manley hit into a field's choice to drive in the second run of the inning and a wild pitch brought the third run home.

Tucker's Tyler Toombs and Lovvorn had RBI singles in the seventh and Armstrong added a sacrifice fly as the East put up three more runs in the seventh to make it 16-3.

The West would put up four runs in the top of the ninth, three on a bases-loaded double by Decatur's Luke Bumgardner and another on a Trent Nash RBI single to make the final of 16-7.

Bumgardner finished the day with a 2-4 performance at the plate and three RBI to earn the West MVP award.

Lovvorn was the winning pitcher going three scoreless innings and was 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBI. Redan's James Nelson finished 3-4, scored 5 runs, had a double and drove in 2 runs to go with a 2-3 performance from Jakobi Meyers and 2-2 by Martin Luther King's Jabari Gayle.

West Seniors take advantage of six East errors in 8-5 victory

photo of DCSD Baseball Senior All-Stars from DeKalb County take the field
for the final time in their high school careers

Redan catcher DeAnthony Baker was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI to propel the East Junior All-Stars to a 16-7 victory over the West in the sixth annual DeKalb County Junior All-Star Classic at Georgia
State University's Baseball Complex.

The West Senior All-Stars used the generosity of the East All-Stars (six errors, six walks) to even their series at 1-1 in the 12th annual DeKalb County Senior All-Star Classic at the Georgia State University Baseball Complex.

The East jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a double to deep left field by Redan's Daren Osby to score Stephenson's Harrison Moore, but would not score again until the eighth inning.

photo of DCSD Baseball Chamblee's Jared McKay (left) was named the
West Senior MVP and Stephenson's Jalen
Robinson (right) was named the East Senior MVP
for their play in the 12th annual DeKalb County
Senior All-Star Baseball Classic

The West answered in the bottom of the first as Cedar Grove's Deion Sellers walked to start the inning. The crowd was anticipating a steal by the new DeKalb County and State of Georgia steals record holder (63) and were not disappointed as he quickly took second to get into scoring position for Druid Hills' Emaeus Thomas. Thomas hit a hard hopper towards first which made it into the outfield and Sellers rounded third to score just ahead of a nice throw from East right fielder Corderius Dorsey of Redan.

Chamblee's Drew Henry gave the West the lead for good in the second inning as he singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the 2-1 lead.

Malik Jones was the only West player with two hits (2-3), but Chamblee's Jared McKay took home the MVP award after going 1-1 with a sacrifice fly, 1 RBI and pitching two scoreless innings on the mound. Chamblee's Malik Jones went the first two innings to get the pitching victory for the West.

Jalen Robinson won the East MVP award with 2-3 performance including a stolen base and run scored. Southwest DeKalb's Jason Davis, the losing pitcher, was also 2-3 at the plate with a triple and Kevin Wimbish was 2-4.

Greenbrier rallies past Stephenson in Class AAAAA baseball quarterfinals

Greenbrier scored seven runs over the final three innings to rally past the Stephenson Jaguars 8-3 to win the third and deciding game of their best-of-three Class AAAAA quarterfinal state playoff series at Greenbrier.

The Jaguars (24-8) jumped out to a 3-1 advantage halfway through the game before errors and some timely hitting by No. 3 ranked Greenbrier (25-7) turned the game around.

Stephenson finished the year with its first ever home playoff series, first playoff win, advanced to the second and third rounds for the first time in school history and won a school best 24 games under Coach Marco Jackson.

The third game was forced by the Jaguars with a 10-7 victory in the second game of the series following a 10-0 Greenbrier victory in the opener.

The Jaguars got triples from Terrell McCall and David Burke in the 10-7 victory. Greenbrier jumped to a 2-0 lead early, but the Jaguars answered with 7 by scoring in the next five innings to take a 7-2 lead.

Greenbrier closed the gap to 7-6 in the top of the sixth with a four-run outburst, but Stephenson came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Betts twins come up big in Jaguar sweep of East Paulding

photo of DCSD BaseballStephenson's Bryan Betts slaps a
two-run double to left center
field to help the Jaguars rally
in a 14-13 game one victory
against East Paulding.

Bryan and Ryan Betts played key roles in the Stephenson Jaguars' sweep of East Paulding in the Class AAAAA baseball state playoffs at Stephenson on Wednesday.

Bryan was combined 4-7 with five RBI and two doubles and pitched 4 1/3 innings to be the noisy one on the day. Ryan quietly pitched to the minimum of nine batters in three innings, played a flawless first base for four innings and had the game-winning hit in the Game 1 14-13 victory.

The Jaguars looked to be in big trouble in the opener against East Paulding as the Raiders (18-13) jumped out to a 7-1 keyed by a two-out, three-run double by Mitchell Webb in the top of the third inning.

Bryan Betts came up big in a six-run third for the Jaguars (23-6) with a two-run double and Christian Griffin followed with a RBI double of his own as the third inning finished tied at 7-7.

The Jaguars struck for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 13-7 lead behind RBI singles from Jalen Robinson, Kameron Armstrong and Harrison Moore. Tekwaan Whyte had a RBI triple and Dexter Neal added a sacrifice fly in the inning.

Bryan Betts who had replaced starter Terrell McCall in the third inning held East Paulding scoreless for three innings, but the Raiders struck for six runs as they benefitted from three walks and key hits in the inning to knot the game at 13-13.

Whyte led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Harrison Moore to get in scoring position. East Paulding intentionally walked David Burke and that brought pinch hitter Ryan Betts to the plate.

A wild pitched moved the runners to second and third and Betts delivered an infield hit past the pitcher to score Whyte as the winning run.

Stephenson took the second game of the doubleheader 8-3 as the Jaguars jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning behind another two-run double by Bryan Betts.

East Paulding rallied against the Jaguars in the bottom of the fourth trailing 4-1 by scoring a pair of runs on a RBI single by Nate Butterworth and a bases loaded walk to Caleb Grant. Stephenson starter Marcus Young got a big strikeout with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Christian Washington helped Stephenson pad the lead with an infield single and Dexter Neal drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 6-3.

Ryan Betts had entered in the fifth for Young and after allowing an infield hit got a double-play and faced the minimum of six over two innings.

The Jaguars extended the lead to 8-3 in the top of the seventh as Whyte singles, stole second and scored on a pair of throwing errors on the steal attempt. Two batters later Burke mashed a pitch over the right field fence for the final run.

Ryan Betts set the Raiders down in order in the seventh to seal the victory.

Stephenson moves on to the quarterfinals for the first time in the program's history and will take on No. 3 ranked Greenbrier (23-6) in a doubleheader in Augusta on Tueday (May 13). Greenbrier swept Richmond Hill 7-0 and 5-3 to advance.

Class AAAA Playoffs
The No. 2 ranked Redan Raiders earned a split with No. 7 Carrollton on Wednesday after dropping the opener.

Redan fell 6-1 in the first game of the doubleheader to be put in the win or go home situation on the road at Carrollton.

The Raiders bounced back with an 8-3 victory in the nightcap to even the best-of-three series at one game apiece and force the third game today at Carrollton with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.

Second Round Results
Wednesday, May 7
14-8, East Paulding (18-13) 13-3
Stephenson sweeps series 2-0

Class AAAA
Redan (22-7) 1-8, Carrollton (20-10) 6-3
Series tied 1-1

Second Round Schedule
Thursday, May 8
Class AAAA
Redan (22-7) at Carrollton (20-10), 5:30 p.m.

Third Round Schedule
Tuesday, May 13
Stephenson (23-6) at Greenbrier (23-6), DH, 4 p.m.

Third Round Schedule
Tuesday, May 13
Stephenson (23-6) at Greenbrier (23-6), single game if necessary, 5 p.m.

Redan, Stephenson move on to Sweet 16 of baseball state playoffs

photo of DCSD BaseballRedan's Corderious Dorsey

Two DeKalb County baseball teams survived the first round of the state playoffs to move on in their path to the state title.

Redan (21-6) was the first team to extend its season as the defending Class AAAA champion swept a pair of games on the road at Lumpkin County (19-9).

The Raiders and Lumpkin played seven innings in the first game without a score and headed into the eighth inning for free baseball. Redan scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take what looked like a commanding 3-0 lead as Lumpkin came to bat.

Lumpkin did not go away easily as the lead was cut to 3-2 before the Raiders could close out the game to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Redan ran away from Lumpkin County in the second game to close out the series with a sweep following a 17-7 victory.

Redan moves on to face Carrollton (19-9) on the road with the doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. A third game, if necessary, is set for a 5:30 p.m. start on Thursday. Carrollton opened the playoffs with a two game sweep of Cass by scores of 3-0 and 9-4 to advance.

photo of DCSD Baseball Stephenson's Harrison Moore

The Stephenson Jaguars (21-6) advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs with a 2-1 home series win over Heritage-Conyers (18-10).

The Jaguars opened the series with a 3-0 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three playoff. Heritage bounced back in the nightcap for a 5-3 victory to push the series to a third game on Saturday.

Stephenson, hosting for the first time in school history, bounced right back to close out the series 4-0 on Saturday for the second shutout.

The Jaguars are in the second round for the first time in program history and earned another host role as No. 3 seed East Paulding (18-11) knocked off No. 2 seeded Sprayberry 8-5 and 7-2 to sweep its first round series.

East Paulding and Stephenson throw the first pitch on the series opening doubleheader on Wednesday at 4 p.m. A third game, if necessary, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Stephenson.

photo of DCSD Baseball Dunwoody's Chase Hawkins (1) steals second on his
way to scoring Dunwoody's first run against Flowery Branch

In other Class AAAAA first round action, No. 1 seed Dunwoody (15-8) dropped two straight to Flowery Branch (18-8) to end the Wildcats' season.

Dunwoody was close to finishing of the first game with a 2-1 lead with one out in the top of the seventh when a bunt single opened the door for Flowery Branch. Flowery Branch would go on to score six runs in the inning and then set down the Wildcats 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-2 win in the opener.

Flowery Branch built an 8-0 lead in the second game and closed out the series with an 8-2 victory to advance to the second round.

Tucker (17-9) also ended its season in the Class AAAAA playoffs first round with a 2-0 series loss to Gainesville (22-6) by scores of 7-4 and 12-1.

The Columbia Eagles (22-6) had their season come to an on Saturday at Walnut Grove with a third game 6-4 loss.

The Eagles had won the opening game of the best-of-three Class AAAA series 7-2 to go up 1-0 in the series. Walnut Grove fought back with a 7-4 win in the second game to force the third game.

Second Round Schedule
Wednesday, May 7
East Paulding (18-11) at Stephenson (21-6), Doubleheader, 4:00 p.m.

Class AAAA
Redan (21-6) at Carrollton (19-9), Doubleheader, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 8
East Paulding at Stephenson, Single game, if necessary, at 5:30 p.m.

Class AAAA
Redan at Carrollton, Single game, if necessary, at 5:30 p.m.

Admission Cost: Adults $7, Students $7
These prices will be the same for both pre-sale and at the gate.

First Round Results
Friday, May 2
Flowery Branch at Dunwoody
Flowery Branch 7, Dunwoody 2
Flowery Branch (18-8) 8, Dunwoody (15-10) 2
Flowery Branch wins series 2-0

Heritage at Stephenson
Stephenson 3, Heritage 0
Heritage 5, Stephenson 3

Tucker at Gainesville
Gainesville 7, Tucker 4
Gainesville (22-6) 12, Tucker (17-9) 1
Gainesville wins series 2-0

Class AAAA
Redan at Lumpkin County
Redan 3, Lumpkin County 2
Redan 17, Lumpkin County 7
Redan wins series 2-0

Columbia at Walnut Grove
Columbia 7, Walnut Grove 2
Walnut Grove, 7, Columbia 4

Saturday, May 3
Stephenson (21-6) 4, Heritage (18-10) 0
Stephenson wins series 2-1

Class AAAA
Walnut Grove (17-11) 6, Columbia (22-6) 4
Walnut Grove wins series 2-1

Arabia Mountain Rolls to DeKalb County Schools JV Baseball Title

photo of DCSD BaseballArabia Mountain Rams
2014 Junior Varsity Champs

Arabia Mountain carved a new piece of school history on the athletic front at Lakeside High School on Saturday, April 26.

The Ram baseball program took center stage on this occasion, sweeping past talented teams from Decatur and Dunwoody on the way to claiming the Randy Case DeKalb County Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament title for the first time.

Arabia Mountain first knocked off regular season Blue Division champion Decatur in the semifinals by a score of 12-5.

Regular season Red Division Dunwoody joined the Rams in the championship round with a tough 6-3 decision over Stephenson in the second semifinal.

Arabia Mountain then wasted little time in taking control of the final, jumping out of the gates to an 11-2 lead and coasting from there to an 11-6 triumph over the Wildcats.

Ram players rushed the field once the historic victory was secured, tackling head coach Kelvin Middlebrooks in a celebration pileup. A couple of players also ran back to the dugout and grabbed a cooler to add the traditional water dousing on their leader.

Arabia Mountain finished second to Stephenson in the final regular season White Division standings with a 5-1-1 record.

The Rams also registered impressive decisions over Redan (11-2) April 22 and Tucker (10-3) April 23 in first round action of the tournament in advancing out of the Tucker site pool play.

Arabia Mountain scored 44 runs and allowed only 16 over four total games in capturing the first county junior varsity baseball championship in school history.

Rain did not dampen DeKalb baseball teams in successful week of play

photo of DCSD Baseball Lakeside's Bodhi Dauphin

Seven teams battled the elements on the way to posting undefeated records in games played last week.

Coach Brian Ely's Chamblee Bulldogs moved closer to securing a top six berth for the Region 6AAAA playoffs with a pair of triumphs over Carver (6-3) April 16 and South Atlanta (10-2) April 17. The two victories lifted Chamblee into fifth place in the region at 6-4 and moved its overall record to 11-11.

Columbia matched Chamblee with a 2-0 showing last week, registering impressive triumphs over Grady (9-3) April 16 and Carver (9-0) April 17. Coach Steve Dennis and the Eagles are 19-4 overall and 9-2 in Region 6AAAA, locking down fourth place heading into the league tournament.

Columbia registered an impressive 9-3 triumph over Grady April 16, as junior Jalen Atterburry struck out nine and allowed only three hits and one earned run over 5 2/3 innings to garner the pitching decision.

Junior Trent Nash (2-4; 2 RBI), junior Justin Washington (2-4; 3 RBI; 2 RS), junior Keshaun Clark (2-4) and junior Ronald McGhee (2-3) picked up two hits each on the offensive end for the Eagles.

Columbia also blanked Carver (9-0) April 17 behind the stellar pitching of Washington, who struck out nine and allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. Washington (2-4; 2 RS) and junior Jamal Devine (2-2; 3 RBI; 2 2B) led the offense in the contest.

Coach Chan English and the Dunwoody Wildcats remained on a roll, scoring a pair of critical Region 6AAAAA victories over Lakeside (12-2) April 16 and Mays (2-0) April 17. Dunwoody has won seven in a row to improve to 12-8 overall.

Tucker rounded out the group of local 2-0 finishers from last week. Coach Vince Byams and the Tigers erupted for 27 runs in scoring triumphs over Miller Grove (19-9) April 16 and Southwest DeKalb (8-4) April 17 to move to 15-6 overall and third in Region 6AAAAA with a 7-2 mark.

Tucker pounded out 17 hits in a 19-9 victory over Miller Grove April 16. Senior Aaron Perry led the way, finishing 3-4 with five RBI. Sophomore Jonathan Beaver also collected three hits, going 3-4 with three RBI. Senior Tyler Sampson (2-5; 2 RS; 2 RBI; 2 2B), junior Tyler Toombs (2-5) and sophomore Courtney Jones (2-4; 2 RS; 2 RBI) chipped in with two hits each. Junior Demarcus Green earned the pitching triumph, striking out four over two innings.

Redan, Stephenson and Stone Mountain also posted undefeated records of 1-0 each in closing out the list of perfect results from team last week.

Stephenson rallied from a late 6-4 deficit, scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth and two in the seventh to score a thrilling 7-6 decision over Arabia Mountain April 16. Junior Kameron Armstrong led a balanced nine-hit Jaguar offensive attack, going 2-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and one double. Junior Marcus Young registered the pitching triumph, striking out three and allowing only two hits and one run over three innings of relief.

Senior Miles Fore fired a shutout in Redan's 15-0 triumph over South Atlanta April 16, allowing one hit.

Miller Grove picked up its second victory of the 2014 campaign in a 13-7 home decision over Clarkston April 17. Senior Terrell Brown (3-3; 3 RBI; 2 RS; 1 HR; 1 3B; 1 SB) paced the Wolverine offense, while junior Marquis Patrick (2-3; 2 RS), freshman Daniel Harris (2-4; 2 SB), sophomore Kaine Smith (2-3; 2 RS; 4 SB), senior Branden Parker (2-3; 2 RS; 2 RBI) and sophomore John Hayes (2-3; 1 RS) also collected two hits.

Sophomore Lazarian Bloodsaw picked up the mound triumph for Miller Grove, allowing four hits, three walks and two earned runs over three innings.

Lakeside received two hits each from senior Brad Earnest (2-2; 2 RS); senior Bobby Tippitt (2-3), junior Darius Sewell (2-3; 2 RS), junior Cameron Hearn (2-4) and senior Bodhi Dauphin (2-3) in a 9-4 victory over Martin Luther King Jr. April 17. Senior Tyler Povlsen went the distance on the mound for the Vikings, striking out three over six innings.


Wednesday, April 23
Region 6-AAAA
No. 6 Banneker at No. 3 Redan
Doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

No. 5 Chamblee at No. 4 Columbia
Doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

No. 8 Carver at No. 7 Lithonia at 5 p.m.
No. 12 Therrell at No. 11 Stone Mountain at 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 24
Region 6-AAAA
No. 6 Banneker at No. 3 Redan
Third game, if necessary, beginning at 5 p.m.

No. 5 Chamblee at No. 4 Columbia
Third game, if necessary, beginning at 5 p.m.

No. 7 Lithonia at No. 9 South Atlanta at 5 p.m.
No. 10 Washington at No. 11 Stone Mountain at 5 p.m.

Region 6-AAAAA
No. 2 Dunwoody at No. 1 Stephenson
Doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

No. 6 Southwest DeKalb at No. 3 Mays

Doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
No. 4 Lakeside at No. 4 Tucker
Doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

North Atlanta at Martin Luther King Jr. at 5 p.m.
Miller Grove at Clarkston at 5 p.m.

Friday, April 25
Region 6-AAAAA
No. 2 Dunwoody at No. 1 Stephenson
Third game, if necessary, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

No. 6 Southwest DeKalb at No. 3 Mays
Third game, if necessary, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

No. 4 Lakeside at No. 4 Tucker
Third game, if necessary, beginning at 5 p.m.

Clarkston at North Atlanta at 5:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. at Miller Grove at 5 p.m.

Friday, April 25
Region 6-AAAA
No. 11 Stone Mountain at No. 7 Lithonia at 5 p.m

2014 DeKalb County Junior Varsity Tournament

Semifinals and Finals (April 26): Games will be played at Lakeside School.

Semifinal I
10:00 a.m Dunwoody vs. Stephenson
Semifinal II
12:30 p.m. Decatur vs. Arabia Mtn./Tucker Winner

3:00 p.m. Two semifinal winners
Notes: All three games will be played to the full time limit. Coin toss will determine home team.

Pruitt Reaches Historic Career Victory 500

photo of DCSD Baseball Redan principal Greg Goodwin (left) presents Redan
baseball coch Marvin Pruitt (right) a cake in honor
of his 500th career coaching victory.

Add another chapter to the lengthy list of historic victories for DeKalb County coaching legend Marvin Pruitt.

The veteran skipper reached his latest milestone moment in Redan's 14-0 blanking of Banneker Tuesday at Banneker.

In a memorable outing that happened to occur on April Fool's Day, the Raiders left little for doubt in helping Pruitt reach 500 victories as a head varsity coach.

The first DeKalb County coach to achieve 400 victories in the sport of baseball, Pruitt moved up to an even higher level while scaling to the halfway point of 1000.

Only boys' basketball icon Phil McCrary had previously met the impressive total of 500 victories as a head coach in DeKalb County.

Along with the 500 victories against 329 losses and six ties, Pruitt has also skippered Redan to a state championship, guided the Raiders to two other state Final Four berths in 2003 and 2010 and led Lakeside to the only state semifinal appearance in school history in his inaugural season as a head coach in 1983.

Pruitt has taken Redan to the state playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons prior to this year. The Raiders missed out in 2009 as they went 13-13 in Pruitt's only non-winning season at the school (2001-2014). He is 281-116-3 including 2014 while at the helm of the Raiders' program.

He had winning records at Lakeside (71-34, 4 years, 1 playoff appearance) and Southwest DeKalb (53-28-1, 3 years, 1 playoff appearance).

Pruitt started the Stephenson program in 1997 and went 34-60-2 in four seasons. His only non-DeKalb coaching stint was at Rockdale County from 1987-1992 where he went 61-91 in six seasons.

His coaching career includes 31 years in the dugout since 1983 with the 1996 season being his only one to not coach.

Pruitt will also call it quits after this season as he guides his club towards another playoff appearance in 2014.

Week 6 Recap
Three teams posted perfect results in leading the way among local baseball entrants from last week. Coach Eric Hoxie's Arabia Mountain Rams remained undefeated in Region 6AAAAA, picking up impressive home triumphs over Tucker (8-4) March 24 and Dunwoody (8-2) March 26 to improve to 9-3-1 overall for the year. The victory over Dunwoody was the first in school history.

Coach Pierce Jackson's Lithonia Bulldogs also enjoyed a perfect 2-0 week, claiming Region 6AAAA triumphs over South Atlanta (6-4) March 24 and Stone Mountain (18-11) March 26 to move to 5-7 overall on the year.

Coach Marco Jackson's Stephenson Jaguars continued to roll, running their winning streak to 13 with a pair of Region 6AAAAA victories over Clarkston (18-1) March 24 and Martin Luther King Jr. (7-3) March 26. Stephenson improved to 14-2 overall and entered the state rankings for the first time in school history at No. 10 in the latest AAAAA poll.

Redan registered a pair of key Region 6AAAA decisions over Columbia (9-8) March 26 and Chamblee (8-2) March 27 while going 2-1 on the week and improving to 11-4 overall. The two wins pushed coach Marvin Pruitt's overall total to 499, just two short of the magical 500 number. Senior Corderias Dorsey struck out 12 over seven innings in Redan's 9-8 victory over Columbia March 26.

Senior Drew Henry added to the long line of no-hit performances by DeKalb County pitchers this spring in Chamblee's 15-0 blanking of Washington March 24. Henry struck out seven in four innings. Senior catcher Zac Maslia paced the Bulldog offense in the contest, going 3-3 with a triple and two RBI.

Sophomore Jack Bartlewski led the way for Druid Hills in a thrilling 7-6 victory over neighborhood rival Decatur March 27. Bartlewski finished with two hits and four RBI, including the walk-off winner in the eighth inning. Senior Emaeus Thomas added three hits to the Red Devil offensive charge. Sophomore Austin Ledet struck out eight over five innings of relief to pick up the victory.

Senior Tyler Povlsen turned in a stellar overall outing in Lakeside's 6-2 triumph over North Atlanta March 24. Povlsen went the full seven innings on the mound, striking out five and allowing only four hits, three walks and one earned run. He also belted a solo homer and scored two runs on the offensive end. Senior Bobby Tippett (2-3; 2 RBI) and junior Will Cosby (2-3; 2 RBI; 2 SB) paced the Lakeside offense in a 13-1 decision over Miller Grove March 27. Cosby also picked up the pitching triumph, striking out three and allowing five hits and one run over four innings.

Senior Tyronn Walker (2-4), junior Bakari Gayle (2-2; 3 RBI; 2 RS; 1 HR), senior DeAngelo Holt (2-3; 2 RBI), senior Antwan Thrash (2-2; 2 RS) and junior Aaron Hutcherson (2-4) collected two hits each in Martin Luther King Jr.'s 10-6 victory over Miller Grove March 24.

Freshman Qualo Davis struck out five in two innings to garner the pitching triumph in McNair's 18-7 victory over Towers March 26.

Sophomore Jullian Sewell (5 IP; 5 SO) and junior Jake Lovvorn (2 IP; 4 SO) combined to strike out nine in Tucker's 9-7 triumph over Lakeside March 26.

Redan sweeps Marist in history making state championship series

photo of DCSD Baseball2013 Class AAAA State Champions
Redan Raiders

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.

photo of DCSD BaseballRedan head baseball coach
Marvin Pruitt (left with
championship trophy) and
senior Brandon Baker share
a moment following the Raiders'
state championship victory at Marist

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.


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
Round 1
Defeated Heritage-Catoosa (16-12), 8-4, 12-2, sweep 2-0
Round 2
Defeated No. 2 Columbus (20-11), 5-4, 9-4, sweep 2-0
Round 3
Defeated Locust Grove (19-12), 11-1, 13-3, sweep 2-0
Defeated Troup Co. (22-13), 9-8, 3-4. 3-2 wins 2-1
Defeated Marist (27-9), 11-0, 4-3, sweep 2-0

East Defeats West 3-1 in 11th Annual Senior All-Star Classic

photo of DCSD BaseballChick-Fil-A honored Arabia Mountain's
Jordan Scott (left) of the East
All-Stars and Dunwoody's Ryan Gaines
(right) of the West All-Stars as team MVPs.

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.

photo of DCSD BaseballChick-Fil-A honored Junior All-Star
Baseball Classic MVPs Chamblee's Malik
Jones (left) of the West All-Stars
and Southwest DeKalb's Kevin Wimbish (right)
of the East All-Stars.

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.

History of DeKalb County Schools Baseball

photo of Buck Godfrey2006 Semi-Finals
Dunwoody beats Columbus

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).

  • Wally Joyner played 16 seasons in the majors with the California Angels, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres and the hometown Atlanta Braves. He collected a .289 career batting average, 204 home runs, 1,106 RBI and 2,060 hits.
  • Ron Blomberg was the first player picked in the 1968 major league draft. He signed with the Yankees and spent eight years in the majors with New York and the Chicago White Sox. The .293 career hitter was baseball's first designated hitter.
  • Pete Ladd led Henderson to the 1974 state title and signed with Ole Miss. He had a career best 25 saves for Milwaukee in the 1983 season and posted two saves in the 1982 American League Championship Series.

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.

State Champions (10)

  • Tucker (3) - 1956, 1966, 1967
  • Avondale (2) - 1952, 1964
  • Dunwoody (1) - 2007
  • Henderson (1) - 1974
  • Redan (1) - 2013
  • Sequoyah (1) - 1972
  • Walker (1) - 1968