They have eight returning starters off a team that went 21-7 in 2007 and are coming off an 18-2 rout of Johnson, their opponent returns seven starters from last year's state playoff team and is coming off a 16-1 win over Chestatee in which they pounded out 14 hits.
Gainesville and Flowery Branch meet tonight in an early-season matchup of the top two teams in Region 7-AAA that will be one of two things, a hit parade or a display of stifling pitching.
FLOWERY BRANCH-The Flowery Branch High baseball team pounded out 14 hits, and Falcons starting pitcher Matt Pilgrim only surrendered three hits in a 16-1 win over Chestatee on Wednesday night at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex in Flowery Branch.
GAINESVILLE - The first Knights' goal was scored eight minutes into the game, the final goal by Johnson with eight minutes to go in the game and in between was complete domination as the Johnson boys soccer team beat Winder-Barrow 8-0 in the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Tuesday at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Johnson boys golf team has done a lot of things on their home course at Royal Lakes in South Hall. But on Tuesday, the Knights were able to do something they've never been able to do before - celebrate a Hall County Championship.
No subregions. No postseason region tournaments. There's only one way to reach the baseball state playoffs from Region 7-AAA: at the end of the 22-game region grind you've got to be one of the four best teams.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone looking for a champion to be crowned during the opening day of the Hall County championships will have to wait another day. It's very close with individual and team titles still completely up for grabs in the two-day, 18-hole event that began on Monday at Royal Lakes in South Hall.
As Madison Caldwell walked the fairway at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, the Dawson County senior doubled over in the pain that she was feeling in the right side of her stomach, taking the breath out of her lungs for a second or two.
Gainesville High senior Spencer Ralston earned second place, behind a strong third-round 67, at the Georgia Junior Championship on Wednesday in Augusta. Ralston, the Class AAAAA Golfer of the Year, finished the 54-hole, three-day outing with a total score of 8-under (208).