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Seasons conclude for Douglas County baseball teams
by E. Marcel Pourtout
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Alexander junior Aeneas Williams takes a practice swing during practice earlier this season. The Cougars’ advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Alexander junior Aeneas Williams takes a practice swing during practice earlier this season. The Cougars’ advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs.
The Alexander baseball team saw its stellar season come to an end in the semifinals of the Class 4A state playoffs against Crisp County in Cordele on May 19. Alexander dropped two contests in the best-of-three series, 7-2 and 3-0, and were eliminated.

The Cougars won 25 contests this season and made their seventh consecutive postseason appearance. This season was the farthest the program had ever gone under third-year head coach Chris Brown.

Alexander, which finished third in Region 5-AAAA during the regular season, began the playoff son the road by defeating Cedartown two games to one in the first round. The Cougars proceeded to upset the top-ranked team in the state, Marist, in the second round, once again winning a series two games to one.

The state quarterfinals matchup between Alexander and Wayne County saw one of the best individual performances in Georgia prep baseball history by Nick Wise. The teams split a doubleheader May 13 before Alexander won the series-deciding contest the next day.

In game one, the Cougars dropped the contest 2-1 despite Wise delivering two hits and driving in their only scored run. Wise threw a seven-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts on the mound in the second game won by Alexander 4-0. He also had two hits, including a two-run home run, in the victory.

The third game against Wayne County saw the Cougars down 6-4 in the top of the seventh before Wise hit a three-run home run, giving them a 7-6 lead. Alexander added some insurance runs and won the contest 13-7 to secure the series win. Wise also pitched 1-1/3 innings in the deciding game allowing no runs or hits.

Douglas County also had another team in the postseason with Chapel Hill winning 22 contests and earning a spot in the Class 3A playoffs. The Panthers won its first-round series over Peach County on May 2 before dropping two games against Pierce County in the next round to end their season.

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