tstormn.png
Wednesday July 6th, 2022 11:39PM

Playoff baseball: Branch splits with LaGrange; Game 3 Wednesday

By AccessWDUN Staff

LAGRANGE —  Flowery Branch earned a split with LaGrange in the two teams’ Class 4A second round playoff series on Tuesday.

The Grangers (26-8) took Game 1, 6-2, while the Falcons (21-11) avoided elimination with a 6-3 victory in the second game.

A deciding Game 3 is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in LaGrange.

Facing elimination, Branch got a solid outing on the mound from Jake Beaver and Ethan Mieldezis in Game 2. Beaver went five innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight to get the win. Mieldezis retired six of the seven batters he faced over the final two innings to get the save.

Already up 1-0 in the series, the Grangers got a pair of runs on a RBI single from Colton Esposito in the top of the first. But the Falcons answered right back getting RBI singles from Beaver and Kaden Smallwood and got the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Branch added a run in the second on a sacrifice fly from Nick Linkowski for a 4-2 lead. LaGrange pulled within 4-3 on a run in the fourth but the Falcons extended the lead to 6-3 on a RBI triple from Riley Mitchell in the fourth and a RBI triple from Smallwood in the fifth.

From there, Mieldezis shut the door on the Grangers offense to send it to Game 3.

In Game 1, LaGrange scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the win.

Branch started strong getting a two-run double from Mason Compton in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. But they could not get anymore against Grangers starter Trey Cook.

Compton, who started for the Falcons, lasted into the sixth inning allowing just a second-inning run. He ran into trouble in the sixth after getting two quick outs as LaGrange was able to put a decisive inning together.

Flowery Branch got the tying run to the on-deck circle but could cash in with a pair of runners on base in the seventh.


2nd ROUND BASEBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
(All series are best-of-3 at home of higher seed)
TUESDAY, MAY 3

Class 6A
Buford 7-14, Glynn Academy 3-0 (Buford wins series 2-0)

Class 4A
Flowery Branch 2-6, LaGrange 6-3 (Series tied 1-1)


WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

Class 4A
Flowery Branch (R8, S2) at LaGrange (R2, S1) (Game 3), 5:30 p.m.

Class 3A
Appling County (R1, S2) at North Hall (R7, S1) (DH), 4:30 p.m.
Cherokee Bluff (R7, S2) at Pierce County (R1, S1) (DH), 4:30 p.m.

Class 2A
Banks County (R8, S2) at Vidalia (R2, S1), (DH), 4 p.m.

Class A Public
Irwin County (R2, S2) at Commerce (R8, S1) (DH), 4 p.m.

  • Associated Categories: Sports
  • Associated Tags: High school baseball, Flowery Branch baseball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Playoff baseball: Branch falls to LaGrange in Game 1
LaGrange scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a 6-2 win over Flowery Branch in Game 1 of the two teams’ Class 4A second round playoff series...
7:15PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Falcons decline option on T Kaleb McGary
The Atlanta Falcons have picked up right guard Chris Lindstrom’s $13.2 million fifth-year option while declining the option on right tackle Kaleb McGary...
10:58AM ( 8 hours ago )
Kenny Collins tops Limited Late Models for Lavonia win
Kenny Collins added to his trophy case on Friday night with a victory in the Limited Late Model feature at Georgia’s Lavonia Speedway. The Colbert, Georgia competitor...
10:51AM ( 8 hours ago )
Sports
Playoff baseball: 6 NEGa area teams looking for Elite 8 berths
Only six of the 13 Northeast Georgia area teams to make the 2022 baseball playoffs advanced past the first round last week...
6:46AM ( 13 hours ago )
Baseball playoffs: Bluff sweeps Sandy Creek in wild series
The youth movement for Cherokee Bluff was on full display Friday night in the Bears’ Class 3A first round sweep of Sandy Creek, 9-1 and 16-10, at Bluff Ballpark...
By Jeff Hart | Video by Seth Chapman
12:19AM ( 3 days ago )
Baseball playoffs: North Hall rolls into 2nd round; Dawson Co. eliminated; LCA falls in GAPPS
North Hall scored a combined 22 runs to dance into the second round of the Class 3A playoffs on Friday...
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:55PM ( 3 days ago )
Baseball playoffs: NForsyth blows lead in loss to Mill Creek; Commerce sweeps; EForsyth eliminated
North Forsyth blew a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning to fall to Mill Creek in Game 3 of the first round of the Class 7A playoffs on Thursday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:38PM ( 4 days ago )
Playoff baseball: Branch sweeps into 4A Sweet 16
Flowery Branch has never lost a first round playoff series under head coach Joey Ray. The Falcons kept that streak alive on Wednesday, pummeling Arabia Mountain 14-4 and 9-2 in a two-game sweep at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex in the Class 4A playoffs...
By Jeff Hart | Video by Seth Chapman
10:10PM ( 5 days ago )