Columbia clinches rare postseason berth

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Columbia swept Carver-Atlanta Tuesday in the Region 6-AAAA baseball tournament to clinch a state playoff berth for the first time since 2003. The Eagles improved to 18-3-2 after winning Game 1 13-0 and Game 2 17-4. Columbia will be the region’s No. 3 seed in the playoffs. … No. 2 Marist won the Region 6-AAAA tournament title with a 14-2 victory in Game 3 of its series with No. 5 Redan. The War Eagles had to win Games 2 and 3 to take the series after dropping Game 1 9-2. In the series opener, Redan pitcher Brandon Baker, a Missouri signee, threw a 5-hit complete game shutout, while Georgia-signee Wesley Jones was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a homer for the Raiders. In Game 2, Marist pitcher Sean Guenther tossed a complete-game 4-hitter with seven strikeouts in a 4-1 War Eagles win. Patrick Sullivan hit a run-scoring triple, while Chris McGrath connected on an inside-the-park homer for the War Eagles. … No 1 McEachern clinched the Region 4-AAAAAA title with a 6-4 win over Kennesaw Mountain Wednesday. Sam Stevens had a 2-run single for the Indians. … Lambert beat Class AAAAAA No. 3 Johns Creek 11-10 Thursday after Tucker Maxwell drove in Trey Logan in the top of the ninth to give the Longhorns the lead. Maxwell finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs and the game-winning RBI. His brother, Brock, earned the win on the mound while also going 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a homer at the plate. Lambert used 10 pitchers in the game. … Class AAAAA No. 3 Loganville won four games in the past week, two each against Clarke Central and Heritage-Conyers. Georgia-signee Clint Frazier had a homer and four RBIs in Game 2 against Clarke Central, a 12-1 win, and a homer and two RBIs in Game 1 versus Heritage. Kyle Hall, meanwhile, homered and had two RBIs in Game 1 against Clarke Central and a double and two RBIs in Game 2 against Heritage. … Class AA No. 3 Westminster got a complete-game 1-hitter from Hays Meyer who struck out six batters in a 7-0 win over Greater Atlanta Christian Tuesday. In an 8-3 win Thursday over the Spartans, Westminster had a 5-run second inning to help junior Conrad Cornell pick up the win on the mound. … With its 9-6 win over Hillgrove Wednesday, Harrison clinched a playoff berth out of Region 4. Cole Austin was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Hoyas. … No. 5 Walton beat Lassiter 8-0 Wednesday behind Bradley Schwartz, who was 2-for-4 at the plate and threw a complete-game shutout on the mound. … No. 6 Dunwoody swept North Atlanta 3-0 and 4-2 to win the Region 6-AAAAA tournament Wednesday. Pitcher Ryan Gaines upped his record to 7-1 with a Game 1 victory, while Josh Shailer earned the decision in Game 2 to improve his record to 5-0. … Class AAAAAA No. 7 Mill Creek clinched the top seed for the playoffs out of Region 7 with a 3-0 win over Peachtree Ridge Monday. The Hawks then clinched the region championship outright Wednesday after an 8-5 triumph over Norcross.

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