Congratulations to the Etowah Varsity baseball team,
2017 Georgia Class 7-AAAAAAA State Champions!!
Etowah sweeps Woodstock in the State Finals.
Game 1: Final score 4 – 1
Game 2: Final score 5 -4
2017 Georgia State Class 7-AAAAAAA Champions! - Etowah Baseball Varsity
from the Georgia Dugout Preview website:
May 24, 2017
ROME -- Niko Cho's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning scored the game-winning run to help Etowah defeat Woodstock 5-4 in a marathon Game 2 and sweep the best-of-three Class 7A state championship series at State Mutual Stadium Wednesday night.
Cho's walkoff highlighted a two-run inning in which the Eagles rallied to tie the game at 4 after Woodstock had broke a 3-all tie with a run in the top of the inning.
The Eagles took the first game, 4-1, then won the marathon thriller in the nightcap to win the battle of Cherokee County schools less than 10 minutes apart. Etowah, who finished as the fourth seed from Region 4, needed three games to win every series in the state playoffs -- until Wednesday night.
Playing in the first neutral-site series in the history of the Georgia High School Association, Etowah made its first state championship a memorable one.
After Ethan Underwood limited Woodstock to just one run on six hits in the complete-game victory in Game 1, Andrew Keene gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead in the third inning of Game 2 with a three-run homer.
But Woodstock quickly answered to tie the game at 3 in the top of the fourth.
Neither team scored until Justin Bailey scored on an error to give Woodstock the lead in the 11th.
Drew Waters' triple in the bottom of the 11th scored Nick Bartosz to tie the game, setting up Niko Cho's heroics.
Waters finished 3-for-5 with a double, triple and an RBI. He needed a homer to hit for the cycle. Bartosz added three hits, while Keene and Chris Keever finished with two hits each.
Brady Jones earned the victory in relief of starter Nick Torres who locked horns with Woodstock's Jared Staples in a pitching matchup that seemed more suited for the big leagues.
The loss spoiled excellent performances from Woodstock hitters Caleb Bartolero, Justin Bailey and Nolan Tressler who finished with two hits apiece.
In Game 1, Etowah scored a run in the first inning on Jackson Sisk's RBI single off Woodstock ace Brant Hurter to give the Eagles the lead for good. They added two more in the fifth to take a commanding 3-0 advantage.
Nolan Tressler's RBI single in the fifth accounted for the Wolverines' only run.
We are headed to the STATE FINALS!!!!!
WE ARE HEADED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!
Etowah vs Woodstock in the Finals
Rome Braves Stadium
Wednesday, May 24th at 5:00 and 8:00
Come out and support your Eagles!!
We're Not Done Yet!!
Final Four Bound!!!!
By Scott Smith
SNELLVILLE — For the second playoff series in row, a team from Gwinnett saw its season end at the hands of Etowah.
This time it was Brookwood, which fell 3-1 to the Eagles on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Class AAAAAAA state quarterfinals at the Dave Hunter Complex.
Etowah pitcher Andrew Keene, who no-hit Mountain View in five innings to win its second-round series, was also the winner against Brookwood, going six strong innings with one run on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The win sends the fourth seed from Region 4-AAAAAAA to the semifinals where it will be at Mill Creek, while Brookwood, the champs of Region 7-AAAAAAA, ends its year at 29-8.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Mountain View simply had no answer for the one-man wrecking crew that was Andrew Keene in Game 3 of its second-round Class AAAAAAA state playoff series with Etowah.
The senior right-hander threw a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts and belted two home runs with eight RBIs at the plate to help the Eagles win the series with a 10-0 victory Saturday at the Top of the Mountain.
“He was pretty impressive, obviously,” Mountain View coach Jason Johnson said after Keene helped end the Bears’ season at 19-17. “He swung the bat real well, to say the least. And we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was just a tough day for us.”
By David Friedlander
The East Coweta Indians certainly had their chances at home Saturday in the deciding contest in a three-game series with Etowah to open the Class AAAAAAA playoffs.
In the end, head coach Franklin DeLoach’s team dropped a heartbreaking 5-2 decision in eight innings.
A 1-1 tie at the end of seven sent the game into extra innings, and Etowah broke open the game with four runs in the top of the eighth.
Drew Waters belted a three-run homer and and teammate Weston Campbell had a solo homer for Etowah.
Ryan Dyal tried to keep the Indians in the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.
Saturday’s game was needed after the two teams split in Friday’s action.
Etowah won the first game 5-3, but the Indians kept the series alive with a 15-1 victory in the second contest in a game called after six innings.
On Saturday, neither team was able to score until the bottom of the sixth, when the Indians pushed the first run of the game across the plate.
Senior leadoff hitter Devonte Brown ripped a triple to start the inning and scored Emilio Morales, who had reached on a single.
Etowah tied the game in the top of the seventh when pitcher Andrew Keene reached on a base hit and scored on Jackson Sisk’s double.
Patrick Allen, Brady Barker, Nick Bartosz, Brady Jones, Andrew Keene, Brandon Marcus, Matthew Ridgeway and Drew Waters. Good Luck at your next step!!
Click below to get GHSA brackets for State Championships 2017
What: ETOWAH BASEBALL BANQUET
When: Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30pm
Where: Woodstock City Church
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