Thursday May 26th, 2022 9:25AM

PLAYOFF WRAP: Upsets, thrillers abound in baseball, soccer 2nd round

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

Thrilling finishes and stunning upsets highlighted a busy night Thursday around northeast Georgia in second round baseball and soccer playoff action.

Three big thrillers capped the soccer action as the Gainesville boys scored late and then held on to knock off two-time defending Class 6A state champion Chattahoochee 2-1 at City Park Stadium. The Union County boys got a goal in the final minute to beat Gordon Central 3-2 on the road in Class 2A. The Jefferson boys beat East Hall 1-0 in Class 3A winning the PK phase 1-0 after neither team could net anything through regulation and two overtime periods.

The biggest upset of the night came in Gainesville where Class A Private No. 4-seed Lakeview Academy was swept out of the playoffs by Hebron Christian at home. The Lions were making their first playoff appearance in a decade but could not shake off the rust from a two-week layoff after receiving a first-round bye.

In other baseball action, Buford swept Kell in Class 5A to advance while Flowery Branch was swept by Cartersville in a pair of tight games. North Hall in Class 3A and Commerce in Class A Public both rallied with Game 2 wins to send their series' into deciding Game 3s on Friday.

In other soccer action, the defending Class 5A Johnson boys continued to roll routing Villa Rica 7-0. The Knights have outscored their first two playoff opponents 13-0. The Habersham Central boys in Class 6A and Chestatee boys in Class 4A both fell in 2-1 contests as their seasons came to an end.

GHSA Baseball playoffs, second round

(All series are best-of-3; doubleheaders opening day)

Class 5A
Buford 3-5, Kell 1-4 (Wolves win series 2-0)

Class 4A
Cartersville 2-3, Flowery Branch 0-2 (Hurricanes win series 2-0)

Class 3A
Westminster 4-5, North Hall 2-13 (series tied 1-1)

Class A Private (uses Power Rankings to seed)
Hebron Christian 8-7, Lakeview Academy 6-5 (Hebron wins series 2-0)

Class A Public (uses Power Rankings to seed)
Commerce 1-11, Pelham 3-1 (series tied 1-1)


Class 6A
Gainesville boys 2, Chattahoochee 1
Pope boys 2, Habersham Central 1

Class 5A
Johnson boys 7, Villa Rica 0

Class 4A
Oconee County boys 2, Chestatee 1

Class 3A
Jefferson boys 1, East Hall 0 (1-0 PKs)

Class 2A
Union County boys 3, Gordon Central 2

(Game 3s)

Class 3A
Westminster (R5, S4) at North Hall (R7, S2), 6 p.m.

Class A Public (uses Power Rankings to seed)
Commerce (No. 9) at Pelham (No. 8), 4:30 p.m.

© Copyright 2022
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
PLAYOFF SOCCER: GHS boys take down defending champs
According to Gainesville boys soccer coaches and players, in practice, it had never worked. It had not even come close...
2:30AM ( 3 hours from now )
PLAYOFF SOCCER: Jefferson boys eliminate East Hall on PKs; Union wins on late header
After 80 minutes and an overtime period, the No. 6-ranked Jefferson boys soccer team and fourth-ranked East Hall remained scoreless in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.
9:53PM ( 1 hour ago )
PLAYOFF WRAP: Upsets, thrillers abound in baseball, soccer 2nd round
Thrilling finishes and stunning upsets highlighted a busy night Thursday around northeast Georgia in second round baseball and soccer playoff action...
9:27PM ( 2 hours ago )
PLAYOFF SOCCER: Branch survives upset bid; Union moves on, Johnson girls knocked out
Maggie Wadsworth scored with just 7 minutes left in the match to lift the Flowery Branch girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over North Oconee Wednesday night...
10:09PM ( 1 day ago )
PLAYOFF SOCCER: Holy Innocents' rallies past young Lady Lions
Despite his young team not being able to make more history Wednesday night, Lakeview Academy girls soccer coach Nathan Wallace had nothing but praise for his Lady Lions after a disappointing 4-1 loss to Holy Innocents’ in the quarterfinal round of the Class A Private playoffs...
9:58PM ( 1 day ago )
PLAYOFF SOCCER: GHS boys look to stare down two-time champ Chattahoochee
Gainesville boys soccer coach Eli Viviant knows exactly where they are. And he and the Red Elephants also know exactly where they want to be as they head into Thursday's momumental showdown with two-time defending state champion Chattahoochee in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs...
1:30PM ( 1 day ago )
High School Sports
PLAYOFF BASEBALL: Buford rallies to sweep Kell; Branch falls out of playoffs; North Hall drops game one
The Buford baseball team’s bats finally came alive late in the game to rally past Kell, 5-4, and sweep the Longhorns in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs in Marietta Thursday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:15PM ( 3 hours ago )
PLAYOFF BASEBALL PREVIEW: Area teams look to pitching depth in 2nd round
If the time-tested belief that strong pitching is the foundation on which championships are built, then the small but potent contingent of northeast Georgia area teams still alive in the GHSA baseball playoffs should be taken very, very seriously...
8:39AM ( 14 hours ago )
PLAYOFF BASEBALL PREVIEW: Small, but stout, contingent of area teams ready for 2nd round
Of the five northeast Georgia area teams that are left in the baseball, three have won state titles in their history -- Buford (2015 most recent), North Hall (2017), and Lakeview Academy (2004) -- and the other two, Flowery Branch and Commerce, have had recent runs to the semifinals...
8:07AM ( 1 day ago )
PLAYOFF WRAP: North Hall wins, Jefferson, Bluff fall in Game 3; Lady Falcons cruise in soccer opener
The first round of the GHSA baseball playoffs was completed Thursday for northeast Georgia area teams with a trio of potential Game 3 thrillers, all in Class 3A, and Commerce opening Class A Public with a huge statement.
10:20PM ( 1 week ago )
PLAYOFF BASEBALL: Tadman, freshmen lead North Hall into Sweet 16
Jaret Bales, making just his second start ever, and catcher Tate Brooks sparked a three-run fifth inning rally that helped propel North Hall to a 3-0 win over Coahulla Creek Thursday in the deciding Game 3 of the two teams’ best-of-three Class 3A first round series at Jody Davis Field...
8:41PM ( 1 week ago )