Crisp County baseball has been a favorite in the state playoffs for at least two years running. However, a round that hasn't been the favorite for any Cougar has been the second.
Losing two straight years at the sweet 16 level, Crisp County head coach Bill Pate changed the ballgame. Pate and his players decided to schedule tougher competition in hopes of leading to a longer postseason.
At least for 2013, the scheduling paid off. Crisp County shed its second round slump in decisive fashion with 12-2 and 13-1 victories over Statesboro Wednesday.
Patience was the virtue in game two. In the second inning, the Cougars jumped on three straight walks by Statesboro pitcher Jordan Finch.
Taylor Walls drove a Finch pitch into left field scoring two runs as Crisp County grabbed a 5-0 lead. Senior ace Robert Daniel earned the game one victory. Landon Whitman received the win in game two.
Crisp County will host the winner of Northwest Whitfield and Stephens County in the GHSA State quarterfinals next Tuesday at 4 PM.
GHSA Wednesday Scores Colquitt County 5 " Luella 4Colquitt County 3 " Luella 2Colquitt County advances to AAAAAA- Quarterfinals
Jeff Davis 9 " Berrien 4Jeff Davis 3 " Berrien 2Jeff Davis advances to AA-Quarterfinals
Turner County 0 " Gordon Lee 10Turner County 2 " Gordon Lee 12Gordon Lee advances to A-Quarterfinals
Alcovy 0 " Lowndes 2Alcovy 1 " Lowndes 8Lowndes advances to AAAAAA- Quarterfinals
Thomasville 4 " Benedictine 2Thomasville 2 " Benedictine 7Game three played Thursday at 1 PM