Season ticking away in baseball
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
April 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 888 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spring break, followed by a few days of rain, created a long break for some of Cherokee County’s baseball teams, but each program will be back in action this week with region games.

River Ridge (9-7, 5-1 Region 7AAAA) had more than a week off since completing a sweep of Gilmer and opening a three-game series with Cass.

The Knights will play a three-game series with Pickens next week before participating in a region playoff April 23-24 to determine which teams are playoff-bound.

Based on the records of the other teams in Region 7AAAA, the Knights will likely have a favorable match up in that best-of-three series. River Ridge has a one-game lead over Cedartown in its half of the region, and its remaining opponents are a combined 4-8 in region play.

In the other half of the subregion, Dalton and Northwest Whitfield are tied with matching 8-1 region marks.

Should the Knights hold their subregion lead, they would likely face Southeast Whitfield.

In Region 7AAAAA, Sequoyah and Creekview are fighting for a playoff spot.

Sequoyah (12-7, 9-4) sits a half-game behind Sprayberry, while Creekview (11-7, 8-4) is a game behind the Chiefs.

Sequoyah lost consecutive region games against Creekview, Riverwood and Northview before rebounding with a 4-3 win over Cambridge on Saturday.

The Chiefs resume region play today at Kell before playing the region-leading Yellow Jackets on Friday. In a previous meeting with Sprayberry, Sequoyah lost 9-6.

Creekview is currently third in the standings, but one game could change a lot. Sprayberry and Sequoyah have the most region wins with nine, but Creekview, Forsyth Central and Pope each have eight.

Riverwood is just behind that with seven wins, while Northview and Kell have six. Only the top four teams from the region qualify for the state playoffs, and there are currently just three games separating the top eight teams.

“This region, top to bottom, is good,” Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said. “Every game in our region matters. Every game, you better come to play because there is some great pitching. In this region, it’s anybody’s game every night. You better come to play or you will go home empty-handed.”

In Region 5AAAAAA, Cherokee, Etowah and Woodstock may have some work cut out for them.

Etowah (15-3, 5-2) is the highest in the standings, currently fourth behind Walton, Roswell and Milton.

Remaining on the Eagles’ schedule are a game against Walton and two-game series with North Cobb, Lassiter Milton and Wheeler.

Etowah coach Greg Robinson knows his team has time to make up a couple of games, but not much time. The Eagles got a key region win over Walton on Monday, when they beat the Raiders 3-2. They meet again tonight.

“We just haven’t had timely hitting,” Robinson said. “That makes a difference. You are going to get a guy on with a walk. You are going to get a guy on with an error, but someone has to put the ball in the gap.

Below Etowah are Cherokee (6-11, 2-4), Lassiter, Woodstock (8-7, 1-5) and Wheeler.

Cherokee has games against Lassiter, Roswell, Woodstock and Milton remaining. Woodstock will play Wheeler, Milton and Lassiter before the end of the season.
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