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Milton tops Roswell for state title
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff/Marcel Pourtout<br>The Milton Eagles won their third baseball state title in school history and the first since 2004 under the guidance of head coach Joey Ray.
Staff/Marcel Pourtout
The Milton Eagles won their third baseball state title in school history and the first since 2004 under the guidance of head coach Joey Ray.
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Milton and Roswell have competed against each other since 1950, with the two North Fulton rivals producing numerous memorable moments. None may have been bigger than the double to left field by Milton’s Dalon Farkas, scoring Nick Bradshaw in the top of the eighth inning to propel the Eagles to a 2-1 victory over the Hornets in game three of the GHSA Class AAAAAA State Championship series in Milton on Monday in extra innings.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Farkas after the game amid a sea of celebrating Eagles’ players and fans on the field after the game. “I was looking for a fastball and got a good swing on it. You play your whole life for a chance to win a baseball title and it feels good to do it.”

Alex Schnell earned the win for Milton (29-9-1), pitching a complete game, giving up only two hits and posting six strikeouts over eight innings.

“I wanted to make good pitches and use the defense to my advantage,” said Schnell. “Our entire team got after it and brought home a state title.”

“Alex had an unbelievable effort today for us,” said Milton head coach Joey Ray. “He’s been battle tested all season and made all of the tough pitches. Our entire pitching staff was phenomenal for all three games and each guy wanted the baseball and contribute to the team.”

The victory gave the Eagles their third-ever baseball state championship and the first since 2004.

“Winning the state championship is an incredible moment for our program and a goal we set out to accomplish since the beginning of the season,” said Ray. “Roswell is an outstanding program that’s well coached and its fans along with ours created an outstanding atmosphere for this championship series.”

Milton’s Ryan Gridley scored on single to left field by Jack Thompson in the top of the third inning to give the Eagles the early lead. The Hornets responded and tied the score when Trent Corbett scored from second base on a throwing error by Milton’s catcher in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Roswell (21-13) was seeking to win the program’s fourth-ever baseball state title and first since 1986.

“Our guys put on the same fighting effort throughout the entire season,” said Roswell head coach Mike Power. “Each of our playoff series’ wins came on the road and we kept battling even through extra innings. The pitching and defense was great this whole series and we will benefit in the future by playing in such a pressurized and intense setting.”

Roswell won the first game of the series, 1-0, on a complete-game shutout by Connor Johnstone, who also had five strikeouts in the victory. The lone run came on a double to left field by the Hornets’ Alex Dickerson scoring Drew Davis in the top of the first inning. The Eagles won game two, 5-3, paced by Dylan Cease who had 12 strikeouts over five innings.
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