CORDELE, Ga. - Rusty James got the win and added two hits as Harlem beat Crisp County, 13-2 on Friday afternoon, to win their Class AAA opening-round baseball series.
The Bulldogs (20-9) won Game 1 on Thursday before losing early Friday to set up the winner-take-all game.
Harlem will face either LaGrange or Peach County in the second round Wednesday, but coach Jimmie Lewis isn't worried about future foes.
"We just know they're both good teams and we'll be ready to play good baseball," Lewis said.
HARLEM 5-4-13, CRISP COUNTY 2-7-2
Game 1 - Thursday
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Matt Lewis (6-3) and Barrett Davis. Wes Hyland and Smith.
2B-Chris Day (H), Mike Morris (H), Davis (H), Hyland (C).
Leading Hitters: Harlem-Morris 4-4; Davis 2-4; Lewis 2-2.
Game 2 - Friday
Bryan and Smith. Morris (7-3) and Barrett Davis.
2B-Smith (C), White (C), Rusty James (H), Evan Slagle (H). HR-Hill (C).
Leading Hitters: Crisp County-Hill 2-3; Hyland 3-4; White 3-4; Deal 3-4. Harlem-Ryan Everett 2-3; Slagle 3-4.
Game 3 - Friday
Deal, Kimbrell (2), Hill (4) and Smith. Rusty James (4-2) and Barrett Davis.
3B-Ryan Everett (H).
Leading Hitters: Harlem-James 2-3; Davis 2-3; Everett 2-2.
Records: Harlem 20-9. Next: Harlem vs. LaGrange/Peach County, Wednesday.
WESTSIDE 6-6, DECATUR 5-7
ONE FIVE-RUN INNING MADE THE WESTSIDE PATRIOTS WORK. A SECOND MADE THEM WORRY.
DECATUR OPENED GAME 2 OF THE TEAMS' CLASS AA PLAYOFF SERIES WITH FIVE RUNS, THEN HELD OFF THE PATRIOTS TO FORCE GAME 3 TODAY AT 2 P.M.
Bradley Logan homered in both games for the Patriots (25-2), who had only lost one game all season before Friday.
"It's best two out of three," Westside coach Gerald Barnes said. "It doesn't matter which two."
HEERMANS AND JOHNSON. BRADLEY LOGAN, CHANDLER HALL (7) AND ROBERT FEALKO, LOGAN (7). WP-HALL (3-0). LP-HEERMANS.
2B-CARDOZA (D), BELL (D), JOSH GRANT (W). HR-LOGAN (W), RHETT NEWSOME (W).
LEADING HITTERS: WESTSIDE-NEWSOME 2-4, HALL 2-4, GRANT 2-3. DECATUR-CARDOZA 3-4, BELL 2-4.
BRAD HALL, JAMES DAVIDSON (1) AND BRADLEY LOGAN. COE, ROAD (7) AND JOHNSON. WP-COE. LP-HALL (5-1). S-ROAD.
2B-JASON KNIGHT (W), CARDOZA (D). HR-LOGAN (W), BELL (D).
LEADING HITTERS: WESTSIDE-LOGAN JACKSON 2-4, LOGAN 2-4, NEWSOME 2-3. DECATUR-CARDOZA 2-2, GUENN 2-3.
RECORDS: WESTSIDE 25-2. NEXT: DECATUR AT WESTSIDE, TODAY, 2 P.M.
CHAPEL HILL 8-2, EVANS 5-12
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Hank McCladdie and Josh Brodhecker (5) and Wes Baxter. Weaver and J. Willis (6) and Maxwell and Mills (6). WP-Weaver. LP-McCladdie. S-Willis.
2B-J. Willis (CH), Lumpp (CH). HR-M. Willis (CH), Maxwell (CH).
Leading Hitters: Evans-Kevin Millward 2-4 R RBI.
M. Willis and D'Antoni (2) and Maske. Zack Baker and Baxter and Alex Sickman (5). WP-Baker. LP-M. Willis.
2B-Baker (E), McCladdie (E). 3B-M. Willis (CH), Shawn Ward (E), McCladdie (E).
Leading Hitters: Evans-Ryan Pressley 2-3, McCladdie 2-4; Baker 2-3.
Record: Evans 18-7. Next: Evans at Chapel Hill, noon, today.
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 7, NORTHWOOD 2
SCISA AAA SEMIFINALS
JOSH WHITAKER AND JONATHAN HERRIMAN (7) AND TAYLOR HENSLEY. ROSE AND HAMON (5) AND BUSH YAGER. WP-WHITAKER (6-0). LP-HAMON.
LEADING HITTERS: AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN-NOLAN BELCHER 1-2 2 RBI, JOSH SIZEMORE 1-3 2 RBI. NORTHWOOD-SOLOMAN 2-3.
RECORD: AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 25-2. NEXT: AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN AT WILSON HALL, 6 P.M., GAME 1, STATE FINAL.