In dominant fashion the Raiders sent 24 runners across home plate in the two games, winning 13-3 and 11-1, and advanced to the Class AAAA Final Four in the process.
Junior Miles Fore went 4-for-6 at the plate with six RBIs in the two games and was one of six different Raiders that drove in two or more runs in the double header.
Redan, 26-6 overall, starting pitcher Corderius Dorsey yielded just one run and three hits in five innings in game one before reliever Daren Osby came in to pitch the final two innings in the 11-1 victory.
In game two, Locust Grove jumped out to a 2-0 advantage before the Raider bats got going again.
Redan answered back when Trega Williams and James Nelson had RBI hits to tie the game at 2-2, then Fore roped a two-run single to left center giving them a 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.
A two-run triple in the fourth inning by Jones extended the Redan lead even further, then Dorsey and Nelson each had two-run hits to bring the contest to a 13-3 final.
The two wins made Redan a perfect 6-0 in the state playoffs and moved them into the state semifinals for the first time since 2010, when they lost to Lassiter in the Class AAAAA semifinals.
The Raiders hosted Troup County, 21-11 overall, in this state semifinals on Monday and Tuesday of this week — results were not available at press time. Troup is the No. 4 seed from Region 5AAAA and has been road warriors in the state playoffs, sweeping all three of their series away from home.
A win against Troup could set the Raiders up to play region-rival Marist, 25-7 overall, in the Class AAAA state championship series, scheduled to take place May 25 and 27.
The War Eagles, who were region champions from 6AAAA, cruised past South Effingham in the state quarterfinals — sweeping the series 8-1 and 15-0 — and hosted Crisp County, 28-4 overall, in the state semifinals on Monday and Tuesday.
In Class AAA St. Pius X kept their state championship dreams alive by topping Pike County in three games, splitting Tuesday’s double header 9-3 and 1-4 before winning the game-three clincher 8-1. Pius traveled to Cartersville this week in the state semifinals, the Purple Hurricanes were 5AAA champions.
A win for Pius would pit them against the winner of Blessed Trinity and North Hall in the Class AAA championship series.