•The Games: Bethlehem Christian Academy @ Crisp Academy in Cordele, GISA Class A state baseball championship, Friday doubleheader at 1 p.m., Saturday, if needed, at 1 p.m.
•Records: BCA, 20-7, No. 1 seed from Region 1-A; Crisp Academy, 18-4, No. 1 seed from Region 3-A
•Coaches: BCA, Colby May; Crisp Academy, Tim Harris
•Key players: BCA: Luke Allen, Jacob Walls, P.J. Klein, Brady Stewart, Jacob Fincher, Ryan Whiting, Jacob Parker, Brad Toxen; Crisp Academy: Jeff McKinney, Cullen Brooks, Greyson Farrow,
•Format: Best-of-three series begins with Friday doubleheader
•Notes: After a tough, three-game quarterfinal series against Fullington Academy, the BCA Knights swept Robert Toombs, a fellow No. 1 seed, on the road Saturday in the semifinals. The Knights won the first game 10-2 before wrapping up the series with a 9-6 victory. Crisp Academy defeated David Emanuel Academy 8-5 and 6-1 in the other semifinal matchup. Both BCA and Crisp Academy are No. 1 seeds, but the predetermined GISA bracket has Crisp Academy as the home team in this matchup. Both teams were 8-0 in their respective regions and both squads have some quality non-region victories. BCA defeated Piedmont Academy, who is playing for the AA state title, and Loganville Christian Academy, a Class AAA team which won its region. Crisp Academy has wins against AA foes Southwest Georgia and Westwood and Class AAA opponent Southland. While Crisp Academy does have an advantage in having the series at home, BCA’s pitching depth and ever-improving offensive power should be enough to lift the Knights to victory, even on the road. BCA has only lost to a Class A team once in the past two seasons. Crisp Academy has been to at least the semifinals five consecutive seasons.
•At stake: Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Class A baseball state championship
•Prediction: BCA wins series in three games.
— compiled by Chris Bridges
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