Stephens Co. Into Round Two of State Baseball Playoffs

The Stephens County Indian baseball team is into the second round of the state AAAA baseball playoffs following a doubleheader sweep of Alexander High School Friday at the Reservation.

In the first game, the Indians only managed four hits, but made the most of them for a 4-3 win.

The Indians scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third, and another in the fifth inning. Logan Bell, Max Thomas, Ben Cleveland, and Easton Davis each had RBIs for the Indians.

Meanwhile, Austin Lord scattered six hits in six innings and struck out nine for the win. Ryan Cleveland came in to pitch the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead and gave up a couple of runs, but managed to nail down the save.

Moving to the second game, Stephens County took advantage of five Alexander errors and capped the evening with a 6-1 win to advance to Round Two.

Kain Dyer-Hewitt went the distance on the mound for Stephens County to pick up the win, throwing over 100 pitches.

Austin Lord and Ben Cleveland drove in runs in the nightcap for Stephens County.

The Indians are now 20-5 on the season overall and await the winner of the Northwest Whitfield-Grady series.

Those two teams split the first two games of their series and will play the deciding game in the series today at 5 p.m. after it was postponed Saturday because of rain.

The second round of the state playoffs is set for Wednesday.

Stephens County is the only Region 8-AAAA team to advance to the second round of the state baseball playoffs. Troup County swept Eastside, Columbus swept Lanier, and Carrollton swept Walnut Grove in the first round.

Elsewhere in the area, Franklin County’s baseball team is into the second round of the AAA state playoffs after sweeping Sonoraville. The Lions play North Hall in Round Two.