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Brentwood seeking first state baseball title

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SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — Garrett Riggs was waiting for Friday even before the last out was made in the semifinal.

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Then again, so have many others at Brentwood.

This weekend, Riggs and the rest of the War Eagles baseball team can earn the program’s first state title by beating regional foe Windsor in a best-of-three GISA Class AA state championship series at Brentwood. The two play the first game at 1 p.m. Friday and resume action at noon Saturday.

“I’ve been thinking about it all week,” Riggs said about the championship round. “I’m pretty excited. We’ve been working for this goal for a long time.”

Brentwood (29-1) hasn’t had much difficulty advancing to the final series, sweeping all three previous rounds and never scoring fewer than 10 runs in a game.

In fact, the War Eagles have won by 10 or more runs in five of the six games.

The Region 1-AA champs are capable of inflicting damage from throughout the lineup, though Riggs is one star.

Besides hitting .449, he is one of the War Eagles’ leaders in runs and RBI.

As a team, Brentwood is hitting .375.

“It’s crazy,” War Eagles coach Brannon Bonifay said. “It’s pretty staggering. We have as much depth as any Double-A team can ask for.”

After reaching the state semifinals the past two seasons, Brentwood has used that depth to go even deeper this time. Bonifay believes some of the improvement comes from previous playoff experience.

Also, though the hitters put up impressive numbers, the pitching staff has also been dominant.

Andy Bonifay, Austin Brannen and Josh Wolfe are a combined 22-0, with Bonifay (0.55) and Wolfe (0.44) both posting ERAs below 1.00.

Though the talented War Eagles have beaten Windsor twice during the regular season, this meeting is for a state crown.

Fortunately for Brent­wood, the Eagles don’t have to leave home to win it.

“We’re going to have a lot of people, no doubt about that,” coach Bonifay said. “We expect a good crowd.”


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