Beginning this Friday, if weather permits, the baseball playoffs will begin for Dunwoody and many other teams in DeKalb County. The Wildcats will have the luxury of hosting Flowery Branch, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AAAAA, in a doubleheader Friday, and if necessary in the series finale Saturday.
Dunwoody swept Stephenson last week (2-1, 7-5) for its second straight region title. After advancing to the third round of the playoffs in 2011, the Wildcats will try to end a two-year slump of first-round exits.
Even though the Jaguars lost, they will also play at home but against Heritage-Conyers.
As a result of a 2-0 and a 7-5 victory against Lakeside last week, Tucker will travel to Gainesville, which has won nine straight games.
In Class AAAA, Redan will begin defending its state title by visiting Lumpkin County. Region 6-AAAA champion and last season’s runner-up Marist will host Stephens County. The War Eagles have a 9-1 record at home so far this season, while the Indians have an 8-3 mark on the road.
Also Columbia will visit Walnut Grove. The Eagles went 10-2 on the road this season, while the Warriors were 7-5 at home. As far as statistics, Columbia has a better batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, fielding percentage and win-loss percentage than Walnut Grove.
In Class AAA, St. Pius and Decatur from Region 6 will be in action. The Golden Lions, who have won their last five contests, will host North Oconee.
The Bulldogs will visit Hart County for their series. Decatur is 5-8 on the road this season and Hart County is 10-5 at home.