Harlem continues hot streak

The Harlem baseball team thought it had a good showing last week, beating county rivals Lakeside and Evans in a five-day span.

This week has started out just as well thanks to some help from Westside.

The Patriots' win over Evans on Monday, coupled with Harlem's shutout of Grovetown, means the Bulldogs should take Region 3-AAAA's second playoff seed and earn a home series May 7. All they need is a home win over Richmond Academy on Wednesday in what could be coach Jimmie Lewis ' 600th win.

TITLE TEAMS: Aquinas and Greenbrier have both locked up region baseball titles.

Aquinas used a 7-4 win over Washington-Wilkes on Saturday to sweep the season series from the second-place Tigers. Freshman Brendan Douglas has homered nine times for the Irish this year.

Greenbrier avenged its only region loss with a 12-2 win over M.L. King on Friday.

Thomson can become the final area team to clinch its region title with one win in two games this week, beginning today at Baldwin.

TRY AGAIN: Stormy weather Saturday postponed the beginning of the Region 3-AAAA girls track meet. Teams were scheduled to complete preliminary events Monday, and the finals are set for this afternoon at Grovetown's new track.

The boys preliminaries are scheduled for Saturday. The finals will be next Monday afternoon at Westside.

PLAY BALL: Only Fox Creek and Barnwell will open the South Carolina baseball playoffs at home this week.

South Aiken and North Augusta, which play in two of the top regions in the state, must start on the road. The baseball playoffs begin Thursday with double-elimination district play.

BIG EVENTS THIS WEEK

TENNIS

Savannah Christian at Aquinas boys and girls, 2 p.m. today: Both Irish teams will try to advance to the Class A state quarterfinals at Newman Tennis Center. The Irish boys team is 15-0 on the year.

BOYS SOCCER

Statesboro at Evans, 6 p.m. today: While Greenbrier and Lakeside should cruise in their first-round playoff games today, this one promises to be the most competitive area game.

Reporting stats

Individual player statistics for baseball, softball and soccer are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, no exceptions.

The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following baseball and softball categories: Batting average, doubles, home runs, hits, runs batted in, on-base percentage and stolen bases.

Pitching categories will be overall record, earned run average and strikeouts. Soccer listings will include goals and assists, plus saves and goals against average.

Nominations for players of the week also will be due at that time. Please include facts to support the nomination. The weekly statistics and area players of the week will run each Friday.

Stats can be faxed to (706) 823-3408 or e-mailed to Matt Middleton at matt. middleton@augustachronicle.com. Call (706) 823-3425 with any questions.

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