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Local baseball teams advance to state semifinals
by Greg Oshust
May 21, 2013 03:22 PM | 2180 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>
Westminster’s Rankin Woley swings at a pitch during game one of the Wildcats’ Class AA state quarterfinal series with Toombs County last Tuesday.
Staff / Nathan Self
Westminster’s Rankin Woley swings at a pitch during game one of the Wildcats’ Class AA state quarterfinal series with Toombs County last Tuesday.
Westminster, Lovett, Marist and St. Pius X kept their championship hopes alive after advancing to the semifinals of the state baseball playoffs.

The best-of-three semifinal series started with two games Monday, with a third game scheduled for Tuesday, if needed. Results were not available at press time.

In Class AA, Westminster (24-8) completed a two-game sweep of Toombs County in its quarterfinal series last Tuesday. The Wildcats won the first game 7-1 and took the second contest 11-3 to advance to a semifinal series on the road with Pepperell.

“We’re very excited to sweep,” Westminster coach Russell Wrenn said. “We knew, particularly, that Toombs was going to be a good ball club and we knew, particularly, that they had strong pitching. We’re excited not only to advance, but to beat a real good baseball team.”

Lovett (25-8) joined its archrival in the AA semifinals — its sixth consecutive trip to the final four — after beating Westside of Augusta in three games in its quarterfinal series.

After losing the first game to Westside 11-0 last Tuesday, the Lions bounced back with a 6-3 victory in game two later on Tuesday and a 12-1 win Wednesday.

Lovett went on the road to play Benedictine in its AA semifinal series.

Marist (25-7) took one step closer to a possible third state title in four years after sweeping South Effingham in two games in its AAAA quarterfinal series.

The War Eagles won in convincing fashion, taking game one 8-1 and the second contest 15-0 to complete the sweep and move on to a semifinal series at Crisp County.

“We won game one behind solid pitching and timely hitting,” Marist coach Mike Strickland said. “I thought our guys stayed steady throughout the game and it ended up being the difference. We also got some great play off of our bench.”

St. Pius X (23-8) moved on to the AAA semifinal round after beating Pike County in three games in the quarterfinals.

The Golden Lions won the first game 9-3 and lost the second contest 8-1 last Tuesday before coming back to win the third and deciding game 4-1 last Wednesday.

St. Pius went on the road to face Cartersville in the AAA semifinals.

Blessed Trinity (26-4) also made it to the AAA final four after sweeping Chapel Hill in two games last Tuesday.

The Titans won 10-0 in the opening contest and 6-2 in game two.

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