The North Hall baseball team is headed to the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs for the third time in school history after sweeping Southeast Bulloch 11-3 and 5-1 Friday in Brooklet, Trojans coach Trent Mongero said.
“Our staff is extremely proud of our team,” Mongero said. “They played with high energy and executed on defense.”
No. 3 seed North Hall will face the winner of the Appling County/Ringgold series, which begins today in Ringgold. The
Trojans’ quarterfinal series will be next Wednesday at a time and place to be determined due to their potential opponents’ seeding.
If top-seeded Ringgold wins, North Hall will have to travel there. But if No. 3 seed Appling County advances, the two teams will hold a GHSA-mandated coinflip to determine who will host the series.
Reese Olson was North Hall’s wining pitcher in Game 1 on Thursday, throwing eight strikeouts in seven innings. Dylan Lavender had three RBIs for the Trojans in the opener, while teammates Charlie Erickson and Jackson Latty both drove in two runs apiece.
Corban Meeler allowed three hits and threw eight strikeouts in seven innings for North Hall in Game 2. Taber Mongero supported Meeler’s complete-game effort with two RBIs.
The Trojans were supposed to play Thursday, but the doubleheader was canceled due to inclement weather. Mongero said the team Thursday didn’t even get to step onto the Yellow Jackets’ field, which flooded not long after North Hall arrived at Southeast Bulloch.
Mongero said the doubleheader’s postponement presented a challenge for his players because they were ready to play at the originally scheduled time.