All of the many ranked teams in the northeast Georgia area are off to hot starts in their respective regions as the baseball season steams ahead.
In Region 8-6A, Buford, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A and fourth nationally, still sits atop the standings at 5-0 while Habersham Central is third at 4-1 and both will wrap up key series on Friday.
In Region 8-4A, the three ranked teams -- No. 1 North Oconee, No. 2 Flowery Branch, No. 6 Jefferson -- all are off to 2-0 starts atop the region. The rest of the region is still looking for their first wins.
It’s a similar start in Region 7-3A, where No. 2 North Hall, West Hall, and White County all have opened with 2-0 starts. No. 4 Cherokee Bluff opens its region schedule next week against West Hall.
Gainesville has gotten off to a rough start in a tough Region 6-7A being outscored 17-1 in a pair of losses to No. 6 Lambert and the Red Elephants open a series against No. 7 North Forsyth on Friday at Ivey-Watson.
Region 8-2A opened this week as well with Banks County and Elbert County off to quick starts. Both face doubleheaders on Friday.
Class A Public No. 7 Commerce is off to a 4-0 start with unranked Towns County right behind at 3-0 so far.
Region 8-5A, where Jackson County currently leads in wins at 10-3, opens next week with Loganville (No. 1 in Class 5A) and Greenbrier (No. 7). It figures to be a tough battle with all but one of the eight teams having a winning record as they get ready for region play.
(Rankings taken from Georgia Dugout polls)
(Check below for the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday for northeast Georgia area teams.)
AREA BASEBALL SCHEDULE FOR Friday, March 12
(Games listed by visiting team in alphabetical order)
(Area teams highlighted in bold)
(Games begin at 5:55 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Banks County at Rabun County (DH), 5 p.m.*
Cedar Shoals at Flowery Branch*
Chestatee at North Oconee*
Commerce at Greene County (DH), 5 p.m.*
East Jackson at Johnson, 5:30 p.m.
Gilmer at North Hall*
Jackson County at Athens Christian
Jefferson at Madison County*
Lumpkin County at White County, 5:30 p.m.*
Mt. Bethel Christian at Lakeview Academy, 5:30 p.m.*
North Forsyth at Gainesville, 6:15 p.m.*
Riverside Military Academy at Elbert County (DH), 5 p.m.*
Stephens County at Cherokee Bluff
Washington-Wilkes at Towns County (DH), 4 p.m.*
AREA BASEBALL SCOREBOARD FOR Wednesday, March 10
Buford 8, Lanier 0*
Cherokee Bluff 11, East Hall 1
Flowery Branch 15, Cedar Shoals 1*
Habersham Central 13, Central Gwinnett 3*
Jefferson 10, Madison County 0*
Lambert 10, Gainesville 1*
North Hall 12, Gilmer 1*
North Oconee 10, Chestatee 0*
Tallulah Falls 6, East Jackson 1
West Hall 12, Dawson County 2*
White County 15, Lumpkin County 12 (10 inn)
(* -- denotes region contest)