First Presbyterian Christian Academy took the first two games in a best-of-three series against Georgia Christian Friday, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs.
The games were played at St. James Field.
The Highlanders won the first matchup, 17-2, in a short game and went the distance in game two winning, 14-6 over the Generals from Valdosta.
Georgia Independent School Association Class AA pitcher of the year and Highlander Jared Wells took the win in game one.
In game one, FPCA took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off a reach by Kyle Hill and a fielding error by the Generals.
In the top of the second, Wells shut down the first three batters. For FPCA, Isaiah Dickey reached first, stole second and was nearly tossed out in a run-down between fielders, but the Generals over threw the ball and Dickey made it safe to third and then scored on a wild pitch.
The Generals got on the scoreboard in the top of the third but still trailed, 3-2.
Then James Arnold got on base and stole second. Steve Harris got hit by pitch and Cameron Nunn was walked to load the bases. The Generals then walked in five runs, giving FPCA an 8-2 lead. Highlander Dylan Stewart then scored a run on a wild pitch and the Generals walked in another run before closing the inning 10-2.
Wells tossed two back-to-back strikeouts and a defensive play at first once again shut down the Generals offense. In the bottom of the fourth the FPCA boys drove in seven more runs off RBIs from Stewart, K’Ane Nunn, 2 RBIs from Arnold and a few walk-in runs from the Generals.
The second game played out over seven innings. FPCA again drove in the runs, effectively ran the bases and played strong defense to secure the win.
According to FPCA Athletic Director Shane Smith, the boys will play the second round in Woodbury against Flint River Academy Friday. It will also be best-of-three. First game starts at 1:30 p.m. with game two scheduled to start around 4:30 p.m.
The FPCA boys are currently 12-7 overall and 7-3 in Region 2-AA.