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Redan stuns Marist for first-ever baseball state title
by Marcel Pourtout
June 05, 2013 03:54 PM | 2565 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Prior to its best-of-three series against Marist for the Class AAAA baseball title on Memorial Day, Redan’s furthest playoff runs over the past decade had been semifinal appearances in 2003 and 2010. Furthermore, the Raiders had to travel to Jerry Queen Field, home of the War Eagles, the defending two-time state champions, winners of 12 consecutive contests and a rich baseball tradition which includes 12 state championships. Redan (30-7) made their own history by sweeping Marist (27-9), winning both contests 11-0 and 4-3, to win the program’s first-ever state baseball title and the 10th in DeKalb County School (DCS) history.

“This state championship means a great deal to our program,” said Redan head coach Marvin Pruitt. “The kids played well all season.”

In the first game, Redan’s Corderius Dorsey pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only two hits over seven innings to earn his fifth win in the playoffs for the Raiders. Wesley Jones started the scoring for Redan with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Raiders the early 1-0 lead. Dorsey helped his own cause with a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to increase the lead to 4-0. Thega Williams, James Nelson, Brandon Baker, Miles Fore, Kendrick Elder and Dorsey finished the contest with two hits each.

“Corderius [Dorsey] has gained confidence throughout the entire season,” said Pruitt. “He’s our power pitcher and had an outstanding effort in the win.”

Redan continued the momentum early in the second game as the Raiders scored three runs, highlighted by an RBI single by Baker, in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 lead. The War Eagles were able to cut into the lead throughout the contest and had a runner on base in the top of the seventh inning, only trailing the Raiders, 4-3. However, Darian Osby entered in relief for the Raiders and was able to get two strikeouts in the final frame, recording the save and securing the championship for Redan.

“Darian [Osby] has done that for us all season,” said Pruitt. “We’ve played tough teams all year and the kids earned every win.”

The Raiders finished the season with a school-record 30 wins, breaking the old high of 26 victories set in 1982 and 1988. Redan defeated Heritage-Catoosa, Columbus, Locust Grove, Troup County and Marist in playoff series on their way to the title.

Furthermore, the state title was the first for a DCS since Dunwoody defeated Columbus for the Class AAA title in 2007. Redan, boasting an alumni base that includes former Major League Baseball player Wally Joyner along with professionals Brandon Phillips, Chris Nelson and Dominic Brown, now have 48 playoff wins in the program’s history, the most-ever for a DCS.

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