A crucial week for two regions in the northeast Georgia area continues on Wednesday in high school baseball action.
The top three teams in Region 7-3A are separated by just one-half game, and the top four are just two games apart. And, all four will be taking on each other in the second of their three-game series'.
No. 2-ranked North Hall (15-4, 9-1 Region 7-3A) leads both West Hall (17-6, 10-3 Region7-3A) and White County (15-6, 10-3 Region 7-3A) by just a half-game with Cherokee Bluff (15-6, 7-3 Region 7-3A) in fourth place. The Trojans play host to the Bears at Cottrell Field having won the opening game. White County travels to West Hall with the Warriors up a game in the series after a win on Monday. Both series will conclude on Friday but the standings may be quite different on Saturday.
In Region 8-4A, No. 8 Jefferson (17-6, 11-2 Region 8-4A) handed No. 1 North Oconee (18-3, 9-1 Region 8-4A) its first region loss on Monday. The two teams head to Bogart for the second game and another Dragons' win would put them in first place and give them the all-important series win. Third-place and fifth-ranked Flowery Branch (16-6, 7-4 Region 8-4A) finishes its series with East Hall on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Class 6A No. 1 Buford will play host to Class 7A No. 5 Brookwood in a non-region showdown at Gerald McQuaig Field. The Wolves (23-0) have allowed just four total runs over the last 10 games and beat the Broncos (15-7) 5-1 on Monday.
(Check below for Wednesday's and Thursday's schedule.)
(Rankings taken from April 3 Georgia Dugout polls
AREA BASEBALL SCHEDULE FOR Wednesday, April 7
(Games listed by visiting team in alphabetical order)
(Area teams highlighted in bold)
(Games begin at 5:55 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Cherokee Bluff at North Hall*
East Hall at Flowery Branch, 1 p.m.*
Forsyth Central at Gainesville, 6:15 p.m.*
Franklin County at Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
Gilmer at Dawson County*
Habersham Central at Chestatee, 3 p.m.
Jefferson at North Oconee*
Rabun County at East Jackson, 5:30 p.m.
White County at West Hall*
AREA BASEBALL SCHEDULE FOR Thursday, April 8
Brookwood at Buford
Rabun Gap at Rabun County, 5:30 p.m.*
(* -- denotes region contest)