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Friday June 22nd, 2018 4:49PM

Baseball: Regions 8-4A, 8-6A will open play with a bang

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

Regions 8-AAAA and 8-AAAAAA finally join the rest of northeast Georgia as they get region play under way beginning this week. And both will open with a bang.

(Weather could play a big factor this week with rain scheduled for most of the day Monday for the second consecutive week.)

Powerhouses Gainesville and Winder-Barrow will get things started in Region 8-AAAAAA opening a three-game series at Ivey-Watson Field. Both teams have played monster non-region schedules with the Red Elephants riding a six-game win streak while the Bulldoggs have won five of their last six.

Habersham Central will start a three-game series against Apalachee in Mount Airy. All six teams in 8-AAAAAA come into the start of region play with winning records.

In Region 8-AAAA, Jefferson and North Oconee will open a three-game series in Bogart as the Dragons also have played a tough non-region schedule with three of their five losses coming to Gainesville. Stephens County and Oconee County will open a series as well as five of the six teams have winning records after non-region play.

After the first two weeks of region play, North Hall sits undefeated in Region 7-AAA but in a scheduing quirk the Trojans will have the entire week off this week.

After the first week in Region 7-AAAA, West Hall sits undefeated atop the standings with defending Class 4A state champion Marist. The Spartans will take on Chestatee, which is in an almost must-win situation after getting swept by Marist.

Buford opened Region 8-AAAAA with a pair of wins last week and is tied with defending Class 5A state champion Loganville atop the standings. Flowery Branch will open its 8-AAAAA schedule against Johnson on Monday.

(Check below for the complete schedule of area baseball teams.)

BASEBALL SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF March 19 — March 24
(First pitch times are 5:55 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
(Games listed by time and in alphabetical order by visiting team.)

Monday, March 19
Hebron Christian at Lakeview Academy, 4:30 p.m.*
Providence Christian at Riverside Military, 5:15 p.m.*
Apalachee at Habersham Central*
Banks County at Rabun County*
Commerce at Athens Christian*
Jefferson at North Oconee*
Johnson at Flowery Branch*
Lumpkin County at East Hall*
North Forsyth at West Forsyth
Oconee County at Stephens County*
Union County at Dawson County*
Winder-Barrow at Gainesville*

Tuesday, March 20
Chestatee at West Hall*
Greater Atlanta Christian at Fannin County*
Jackson County at East Jackson*
White County at Blessed Trinity*

Wednesday, March 21
Commerce at Athens Academy, 5:30 p.m.*
Dawson County at Union County*
East Hall at Lumpkin County*
Flowery Branch at Johnson*
Gainesville at Winder-Barrow*
Habersham Central at Apalachee*
North Oconee at Jefferson*
Stephens County at Oconee County*
West Forsyth at North Forsyth*

Thursday, March 22
Rabun County at Murphy (N.C.), 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 23
Tallulah Falls at Lakeview Academy, 4:30 p.m.*
Blessed Trinity at White County (DH), 5 p.m.*
Commerce at Towns County, 5 p.m.*
Fannin County at Greater Atlanta Christian (DH), 5 p.m.*
Franklin County at Jackson County (DH), 5 p.m.*
Hart County at East Jackson (DH), 5 p.m.*
West Hall at Chestatee (DH), 5 p.m.*
Riverside Military at Athens Christian, 5:30 p.m.*
Apalachee at Habersham Central*
Berkmar at Johnson*
Clarke Central at Buford*
Jefferson at North Oconee*
Lambert at North Forsyth*
Loganville at Flowery Branch*
Lumpkin County at East Hall*
Oconee County at Stephens County*
Union County at Dawson County*
Winder-Barrow at Gainesville*

* -- Region contest

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