The 2013 GHSA High School Baseball State Playoffs begin on Friday, May 3 as five DeKalb County teams play first round games.
Dunwoody (21-3) and ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA and Class AAAA No. 5 ranked Redan (20-6) will host first round series.
The Wildcats from Dunwoody host the first two games of their best-of-three series against Riverwood (16-10), the No. 4 seed out of Region 7-AAAAA, beginning at 4 p.m. with the second game to follow. The third game, if necessary, is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Dunwoody enters the 2013 playoffs with a 37-37 playoff record while looking to get to the second round after dropping a tough first round series to Pope a year ago. The 2012 first round loss was just the second in seven consecutive playoff seasons for the Wildcats who won the 2007 Class AAA state title and reached the semifinals in 2006.
The Raiders, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAA, host Region 7-AAAA No. 3 seed Heritage-Catoosa (16-10) in a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m. with the third game, if necessary, set for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.
Redan opens its 12th playoff series in the past 13 seasons having missed only the 2009 state playoffs. The Raiders are trying to stop a two-year skid of first round losses following their run to the Class AAAAA semifinals in 2010. Redan is 38-40 overall in 18 playoff appearances dating back to the 1982 season.
Region 6-AAAAA No. 3 seed Lakeside (17-7) goes on the road to face Region 7-AAAAA No. 2 seed Creekview (16-10) in a Friday doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. A third game, if necessary, is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Vikings are in the state playoffs for the 10th time in 13 seasons and the first time since 2010’s first round defeat to Sprayberry. Lakeside is 10-22 overall in state playoff appearances with its last playoff series win coming over Sandy Creek in 2009.
The Region 6-AAAAA No. 4 seed Arabia Mountain (17-5-1) travels to Region 7-AAAAA No. 1 seed Pope (18-8) for Friday’s doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. The third game, if necessary, is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Arabia Mountain is making its third consecutive trip to the state playoffs still looking for a victory. The Rams are 0-4 in two consecutive Class AAA appearances.
Region 6-AAAA No. 3 seed Columbia (18-4-2) rounds out the DeKalb playoff contingent as the Eagles head north to take on Region 7-AAAA Cass (16-10) in a Friday doubleheader with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. The third game, if necessary, is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.
This is the Eagles first playoff appearance since a first round loss to Heritage in 2003. Columbia is 8-14 overall in the state playoffs.
Baseball State Playoff Schedule
Friday, May 3
Class AAAAA (Best-of-Three Series)
Riverwood (16-10) at Dunwoody (21-3), 4:00 p.m. (DH) Lakeside (17-7) at Creekview (16-10), 4:30 p.m. (DH) Arabia Mountain (17-5-1) at Pope (18-8), 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Class AAAA (Best-of-Three Series)
Heritage-Catoosa (16-10) at Redan (20-6), 2:00 p.m. (DH) Columbia (18-4-2) at Cass (16-10), 5:30 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, May 4
Class AAAAA (Game 3, if necessary)
Riverwood (16-10) at Dunwoody (21-3), 1:00 p.m.
Lakeside (17-7) at Creekview (16-10), 1:00 p.m.
Arabia Mountain (17-5-1) at Pope (18-8), 1:00 p.m.
Class AAAA (Game 3, if necessary)
Heritage-Catoosa (16-10) at Redan (20-6), 1:00 p.m.
Columbia (18-4-2) at Cass (16-10), 2:00 p.m.
(DH) — Doubleheader