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Redan upsets Columbus, advances to Elite Eight
by Chase Wallace
May 15, 2013 12:05 AM | 2179 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal -- Redan’s Brandon Baker (11) winds up for a pitch during a game against Lakeside earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal -- Redan’s Brandon Baker (11) winds up for a pitch during a game against Lakeside earlier this season.
In an early round battle of top ranked teams, No. 5 ranked Redan went on the road to trip up No. 3 ranked Columbus in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Corderius Dorsey pitched a complete game in the game one victory (5-4), allowing just eight hits and two earned runs in seven innings on the bump and picking up his second victory of the 2013 state playoffs.

Dorsey’s pitching efforts were aided by a five-run fifth inning for the Raiders that featured a two-run Tyler Layton single and a trio of run-scoring hits from James Nelson, Wesley Jones and Trega Williams.

Where they left off in game one, Redan picked up in game two with some hot hitting that vaulted them out to a comfortable lead in the early going.

Brandon Baker, Bacari Gayle and Miles Fore all had RBI hits in a four-run first and Baker added another RBI in the second to put Redan up 6-0.

Baker matched Dorsey’s game one gem by twirling a complete game of his own on the mound in game two, and Williams sealed the 9-4 win with a long two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The win moved Redan to 24-6 overall this season and made the Raiders 4-0 in the state playoffs after sweeping their way past Heritage-Catoosa (12-2, 8-4) a week earlier.

The playoff success marks the Raiders’ first trip out of the first round — and first trip to the quarterfinals — since advancing to the Class AAAAA Final Four in 2010.

Redan will have a chance to return to the Final Four this week when they travel to Locust Grove.

Elsewhere in DeKalb: Tucker, Decatur, Dunwoody and Lakeside were all bounced out in the first round of the state playoffs. Marist advanced to the state quarterfinals with a two-game sweep of Carrollton in Class AAAA and St. Pius X needed three games to get past North Oconee, but did so to advance in Class AAA.

Marist will host South Effingham in the Elite Eight while St. Pius X travels to Pike County.

State quarterfinal series were scheduled to get started with a double-header last night — results were not available at press time. A third and deciding game will be played tonight if necessary.

Winning teams will advance to the state semifinals, to be played May 20 and 21.

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