The North Paulding baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs for the first time in school history after defeating Flowery Branch two games to one in a best-of-three series. The quarterfinal matchup started on May 7 with Flowery Branch taking the first game 6-3. However, the Wolfpack responded later that day, tying the series up on a 7-5 victory in game two.
North Paulding then won the deciding game 6-0 May 8.
The Wolfpack have now won a program-record 24 contests this season and face the Houston County Bears on the road in Warner Robins this week. The Bears have 23 wins and are undefeated this postseason.
The North Paulding girls’ soccer team didn’t fare as well, dropping its quarterfinal match to Heritage-Conyers 3-2 on May 7. The two teams were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and after two overtime periods of play. Heritage emerged with the victory after a penalty kick shootout. The Wolfpack ended the season with 12 victories and entered the playoffs as the fifth-ranked team in the state.
“Our team continues to pride itself on training with a purpose, competing at the highest level, winning games, achieving a top 10 state ranking and representing the school well in the playoffs,” North Paulding head coach Joel Sullivan said. “We had five players named to the All-Region team and each of them will return for next season.”
East Paulding’s baseball team dropped its second-round playoff series to Stephenson on May 7. The Raiders lost the series two games to zero on 14-13 and 8-3 scores.
“Our kids worked hard and tried to play the game the right way,” East Paulding head coach Tony Boyd said. “We have a lot of kids returning so it’s something we can build on.”
The Raiders ended their season with 18 victories and a third consecutive postseason appearance.