Class AAAA state championship: Marist won the team championship May 7 in Augusta by one stroke over Lakeside-Evans. Jack Larkin shot a 72 to lead the War Eagles, followed by John Quirk (75), Will Maggard (76), Mitchell Yates (77), Will Duma (78) and Sean Murphy (81). Ryan Elmore shot a 77 to lead Dunwoody to a 12th place finish. Will Trask shot an 83. Also, Lakeside’s Austin Bowman shot an 81.
Marist: The War Eagles rallied after a loss in Game 1 to beat Villa Rica in the best-of-three series in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament. After a 4-3 loss in nine innings, Marist won the next two games 9-2 and 11-5. Steven Taylor led Game 2 with four hits, Jackson Armstrong had three hits while Anthony Sherlag and Patrick Anhut each had two. The War Eagles opened the game with five runs in the first inning. Sean Guenther was the winning pitcher and held Villa Rica to four hits. In the deciding game, every Marist starter had a hit, with Anhut leading the way with three and Nick Carrier had two. Sophomore Liam Cotter, in his first varsity appearance of the season, came on in relief in the fourth inning and held Villa Rica to three hits. The second round began May 9 with Marist hosting Mundy’s Mill in a double-header. The third game, if necessary, will be played May 10.
Redan: The Raiders were eliminated in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament by East Paulding, losing the third game in the best-of-three series 15-4. Redan won the opener 11-9 in nine innings, then lost the second game 14-6. Kaderius Dorsey pitched three innings in relief to earn the win in Game 2. Brandon Baker got a hit to drive in the winning runs. The Raiders end the season 21-8.
Dunwoody: The Wildcats were eliminated by Pope 4-2 and 5-4 in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament. Dunwoody had four hits in the opener of the best-of-three series. James Cunningham hit a home run. Pitcher Ryan Gaines threw 118 pitches, allowed 11 hits and struck out six batters. Pope scored two runs in the seventh inning for the win in the second game. With the game tied 3-3 after six innings, James Farnell drove in Gaines to give Dunwoody a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Pope’s David Bohn hit a fly ball to deep center field with the bases loaded and two outs to score two runs for the win. Chris Hale, Jared Martin and Farnell each had two hits for the Wildcats, with Farnell driving in two runs.
Chamblee: The Bulldogs lost to Alexander 5-3 in the deciding game of the best-of-three series and were eliminated in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament. Chamblee lost the opener 4-3, then won Game 2 3-2. Patrick Gaulden picked up his 10th win to set the school record for wins in a season. He pitched seven innings, allowed one earned run and seven hits while striking out six. Jared McKay and Chris Burgess each drove in a run in the third inning to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 cushion. Somto Egbuna, who also had an RBI, and Burgess each had two hits. The Bulldogs end the season 18-10-1.
Arabia Mountain: The Rams lost to No. 1-ranked Columbus 10-0 and 14-0 in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament. The Rams, the fourth seed from Region 5-AAA, end the season 15-11.
Tucker: Lucky Teah scored two goals to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 win over South Paulding in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament. Solomon Roberts, William Gomez and Manthe Nsukami each scored one goal for the Tigers, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed from Region 6. Tucker, which had not won a state tournament game since 19990, faced Dutchtown on May 8 in the second round.
St. Pius: Tyler Alexander scored three goals to help the Golden Lions (15-2-2) defeat LaGrange 6-0 on May 4 in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament. Edmundo Robinson, Calvin Jackson and Jeremy Crawford each scored one goal. It was the 10th shutout for the Golden Lions this season. St. Pius faced Drew on May 8 in the second round.
Other first-round games: In Class AAAA, Lakeside defeated Alexander 3-1 and Marist beat Pope 3-0. Lakeside faced McIntosh and Marist played Forest Park in the second round. Also, Chamblee was beaten by Kell 4-0 in AAAA and Stephenson lost in AAAAA 10-1 to Tift County. Druid Hills (8-6-2) lost its Class AAA opener to Columbus 7-6 on penalty kicks. The game was tied 0-0 after regulation.