The North Hall baseball team advanced in the Class 3A playoffs after defeating Pace Academy 6-5 in a decisive third game of the first-round series on Saturday in Atlanta,
After splitting Friday’s doubleheader, the No. 3 seed Trojans edged two-seed Pace Academy in a back-and-forth battle, reaching the Sweet 16 for the seventh-consecutive season. They’ll next face the top-seed Southeast Bulloch in a best of three series on Thursday in Brooklet, at a time to be determined.
The Trojans twice came from behind in the must-win game. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first for a 2-1 lead, then used a three-run bottom of the fourth to jump ahead for the last time. One insurance run in the bottom of the fifth gave North Hall enough cushion to hold on in the end.
Junior Charlie Erickson (2 for 3) drove in a pair of runs for North Hall, while one-run doubles from John Montgomery (1 for 3, run scored) and Dylan Lavendar (1 for 3, run scored) gave North Hall the lead for good.
Taber Mongero gave up three runs (three earned) off of six hits, though held strong to pick up the win in the end. Mongero struck out eight batters in six innings of work. Corbin Meeler picked up the save for North Hall.
Athletes representing the North Hall boys and girls track & field teams qualified for next month’s State Championship Meet following Saturday’s 3A Sectional Meet held in Brooklet.
For the Lady Trojans, Olivia Bradley (400 meters), Hennebry Waters (800 Meters), Gracie McBride (triple jump, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles), Brooklyn Wilson (Pole Vault), Kennedy Olson (pole vault), Rebeccca Bowen (shot put, discuss) and Ansleigh Ferguson (discuss) all qualified in their respective individual events. The 4x1600 meter relay (Bradley, Waters, Bohanan and McBride) also qualified for state.
For the boys team, Tommy Johnston (800 meters, 1600 meters), Cutter Sanford (110 Meter Hurdles, 300 Meter Hurdles), David Seid (Pole Vault) and Mac Bennett (Shot Put, Discus) qualified for North Hall as well.
The Class 3A Championship takes place May 11-13 in Albany.
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