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- Bucs Battle Back But Come Up Short
After falling behind 7-1, the Bucs battled back and tied the game 7-7 in the 7th inning. After going to the 10th, Columbus put two up on the board to take game one of the three game series 9-7. The second game was rained out and will made up on Thursday at 4pm with the deciding game to immediately follow.
- Bucs Sweep Heritage in Round 1 of Playoffs
Allatoona moved to 25-3 on the season with a 2-0 & 8-2 win over the Heritage Patriots in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. Grayson Harbin went six strong innings in game one picking up 9 k’s in route to the victory. Brady Eeles not only finished out game one picking up the save but also led off the game with his first HR of the season to stake the Bucs to the early lead.Game two found the Bucs pounding out nine hits behind multi-hit games by (Skylar McPhee, Brady Eeles & Brandon Rainey) in route to the 8-2 win. Brian DeCarlo went five innings to pick up the win and Brady Eeles came on and threw the final two frames.Allatoona now awaits the winner of the McIntosh & Columbus series. Those teams split their doubleheader Friday night and play the rubber game Saturday to determine who advances. The Bucs will hose the winner at Buccaneer field on Wednesday.
- Bucs Beat Villa Rica – Retire #16
Allatoona moved to 23-2 with wins over region foes Lithia Springs & Villa Rica. On Monday, the Buccaneers celebrated their 12 seniors and the lineup composed of all seniors cruised to a 10-0 victory. Jacob Davenport picked up the win!
Villa Rica visited Buccaneer Field on Wednesday and was shut-out 4-0 by Grayson Harbin, Brian DeCarlo & Brady Eeles. Skylar McPhee led the Bucs at the plate with two hits.
The highlight of the evening was the retiring of Buccaneer great Marlon Melendez jersey #16.
Melendez was a 2012 graduate and played collegiately at Calhoun Community College for a season before returning to Allatoona to help coach fall & summer baseball. Marlon found out in the fall of 2014 that he had cancer and lost his battle in May of 2015. No player will ever wear that number again!
The Bucs will wrap up their regular season visiting Villa Rica on Friday.
- Bucs En fuego
Lithia Springs, GA
Behind a Buccaneer record of four homeruns (Cruz, Derkay, Lewis & Davenport) and 14 hits, Allatoona cruised to a 17-2 five inning victory over Lithia Springs. The win moves the team to 21-2 record and keeps their region record. Tyler Escue picked up his second win of the season and James Paden, Ben Worthan & Dalton Halyard picked up their first varsity hits and first varsity rbi’s of their career.
The Bucs return to action on Monday hosting Lithia Springs and celebrating the careers of their seniors. The senior festivities will begin at 5:15pm.
- Bucs Pull Away Late – Sweep Patriots
Allatoona wrapped up their regular season series with the Paulding County Patriots with an 8-2 road victory Wednesday night.
The Bucs picked up one run in the top of the first on a Xavier Cruz double. Feeling charitable, they gave it back in the bottom of the frame allowing a run off an infield single. Allatoona regained the lead in the top of the second when Brady Eeles hit a sac fly, driving Brandon Rainey across the plate and added another in the fourth when Grayson Harbin scored on a passed ball. The Bucs carried the 3-1 lead to the bottom of the fifth when Paulding singled in a run to make it a 3-2 ballgame late.
Jordan Lewis got the Bucs off to the races in the sixth with a lead off double. One out later, Justin Guyton singled aboard and Eeles was plunked to set the stage for Kyle Jacobsen to deposit a grand slam onto a roof beyond the left field fence to put the game away. Trey Horton would scamper home on a wild pitch in the seventh for the 8-2 lead that would prove the be the final score.
Brian DeCarlo gave five strongs innings on the mound, striking out 3 and allowing 2 runs (one earned). Tyler Escue struck out one in his inning of shutout relief and Skylar McPhee closed the game with 2 k’s in the seventh.
The Bucs resume play Friday at Lithia Springs and finish the regular season next week with Lithia Springs at home and the home and away series with Villa Rica to tune up for the post season.
- Bucs Blank ‘Pauldings’
After a rainy Monday night that found Jacob Davenport going six innings and blanking Paulding County 10-0, Kyle Jacobsen continued the streak on Tuesday with another complete game shutout against East Paulding 3-0. The wins push the Bucs to 19-2 and they stay perfect in region action.
The squad will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Paulding County for another region contest.
- Bucs Return to Action – Blank Spartans
Allatoona picked up where they left where they off before their spring break with a shutout victory over a region foe. Behind five strong innings from starter Grayson Harbin gave up one hit while recording eight strikeouts in route to his fifth win of the season. Trey Horton & Landon Babay came on to finish the game for the Bucs and both threw scoreless frames.
The Bucs had seven hits that plated nine runs against the Spartans of South Paulding. Kyle Jacobsen & Brandon Rainey both picked up two hits a piece with one of those for Jacobsen finding it’s way over the left field fence for his third homerun of the season.
With the win, Allatoona moves to 17-2 on the season and maintains their perfect region record. The Bucs will return to action on Monday hosting the Paulding County Patriots at 5:55pm.
- Bucs Blank Raiders
Behind the complete game effort from Kyle Jacobsen, Allatoona blanked region rival East Paulding 2-0. Jacobsen scattered three hits mixing in seven strikeouts in the contest. Allatoona jumped on the board with a hit from DH Xavier Cruz and a big sixth inning homerun from Trey Horton.
The win moves the Bucs to 16-2 on the year and keeps the region record perfect. East will travel on Friday for a rematch with the Bucs.
- Bucs sweep Panthers
Behind strong pitching from Grayson Harbin (4-0) and timely hitting the Bucs advanced to 15-2 on the season with a 8-2 victory over Chapel Hill. Harbin went 6 & 2/3 innings, striking out thirteen while giving up only two hits, both in the first inning.
Kyle Jacobsen led the way with two hits and Juanyea Tarver picked up two key rbi’s.
Allatoona will travel on Wednesday to East Paulding for a huge region matchup at 5:55pm.
- Bucs Ranked 23rd by Baseball America
In their most recent national poll, Baseball America has ranked the Allatoona Buccaneers 23rd among all High School teams in the country.
This is the first time in school history that Allatoona has cracked Baseball America’s Top 25 rankings. Allatoona joins Cobb County neighbor Walton High School (2) and Lee County High (14) as the only teams from Georgia ranked.
Full Rankings can be seen at @ Baseball America
ALLATOONA TOPS STATE 5A POLL
Allatoona Baseball moved up two spots to number 1 in the State in the latest Georgia Dugout Preview rankings
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