Baseball seasons end with Redan loss in Elite Eight

Decatur and Redan high schools’ baseball teams lost in the Elite Eight of the 2023 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Baseball Playoffs on May 6 and May 8, marking DeKalb’s exit from the playoffs.

Decatur lost in two games (4-5, 4-10) to Centennial while Redan lost a three-game decision (7-0, 2-5, 1-2) to Appling County.

For the second consecutive season, Redan was the last remaining DeKalb County School District (DCSD) in the GHSA baseball playoffs after the Raiders finished as the state runner-up in 2022.

After shutting out Appling County in the first game and winning 7-0, Redan lost two consecutive games to the Appling County Pirates which eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs.

In game three on May 8, Appling County capitalized off a seventh inning error by Redan to score the go-ahead run in a 2-1 victory.

The error occurred when Appling County had a runner on first and one out against Redan pitcher Bernard Moon. Appling County’s Collin Ewaldsen hit a grounder to second, but a misplay on the grounder allowed both runners to be safe and brought Greyson Hall to the plate.

Moon got Hall to ground out to short, and Derek Peoples Jr. threw out the Appling base runner at third for the second out of the inning. However, Appling County’s Dayson Griffis then singled into left to drive in a score by Ewaldsen – giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

Moon got Dawson Griffis out to end the inning and the Raiders had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Luis De La Cruz came to bat with one out in the bottom of the seventh and hit an infield single to give the Raiders a runner on first. Dayson Griffis then hit Adriel Martinez to put runners on first and second.

Dayson Griffis worked out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground ball to second to end the game and Redan’s season.

Moon went two-of-two at the plate with a home run and took the loss in two innings of relief pitching, giving up an unearned run. De La Cruz had the other lone Raider hit in the game and pitched three and one third innings on the mound.

Patrick Crosby pitched four innings to start the game for Appling while Dayson Griffis went the final three to get the win in relief. The pair combined to limit the Raider bats to three hits in the game. The Pirates had as many hits (six) in game three as they had in the first two games combined.

 

Mark Brock contributed to this article

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