As storybooks go, things usually build up to a happy, successful ending. For his four-year career as a distance runner for Flowery Branch's track team, Jake Shewbert couldn't have written a better ending.
The stage was set earlier this week as both Buford High and Locust Grove swept through their semifinal opponents to reach the GHSA Class AAAA Baseball State Championship, which will be held today at Gerald McQuaig Field in Buford.
By winning a coin toss Tuesday, top-ranked Buford (31-3) will host No. 2 Locust Grove (31-4-1) in the state championship baseball series for Class AAAA, starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gerald McQuaig Field. If needed, Game 3 will be played at 5:55 p.m. Monday in Buford.
Complete confidence in a sophomore pitcher led Gainesville High to win a pivotal Game 2 Monday night after falling in the first, 9-4, to Houston County in the Class AAAAA state semifinals at Ivey-Watson Field.