MILTON, Ga. — Cambridge and Milton baseball teams both suffered losses Friday and are now on the playoff bubble in their respective regions. Both teams have three games remaining in the regular season.
Centennial 6, Cambridge 3
Cambridge trailed early against Centennial, and though they mustered a late comeback, it was too little, too late.
Centennial jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off two doubles, a single, and a Cambridge error. The lead was extended to 5-0 in the bottom of the second when Centennial’s leadoff batter hit a home run.
After the home run, starting pitcher Blake Renner was pulled for Jake Swiacki who allowed five hits and one run in four innings. Swiacki struck out seven and walked two batters.
Cambridge got its first hits in the bottom of the third but stranded two runners. The Bears had a lone hit from the third to the seventh inning, when they strung together hits against Centennial pitcher Jonathon Cannon who pitched a complete game for the Knights.
Sam Waylock was hit by a pitch and then scored when pinch-hitter Hayden Onorato hit a home run.
A Micahel Koselar double scored a run with two outs. But, still holding a three-run lead, the Knights were able to force the last out and down Cambridge.
With the region loss, Cambridge sits fourth in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings with a one-game lead over Dunwoody for the final playoff spot.
Both teams have two region games remaining, and though the teams split their series, Dunwoody holds the tiebreaker on runs scored.
The Bears can guarantee themselves a playoff spot with two wins.
Lambert 4, Milton 2
After Milton led the Region 5-AAAAAAA standings for much of the season, Lambert took over the top-spot in the standings with in late March run and secured the region title with a 4-2 win last Friday. The loss was Milton’s fourth straight in region play, and the Eagles now sit in fourth in the regions standings.
Lambert homered on its first at-bat, following up the solo shot with two doubles to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Longhorns added to their lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the second to lead 4-0.
Milton halved the lead in the top of the third with a Graham Pauley sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Garrett Cook, but those would be the last runs of the game for either team. Milton stranded six runners throughout the game.
With a playoff berth suddenly in question, Milton must refocus for its final three region games. Milton has a one-game lead over South Forsyth in the region standings, but South holds the tiebreaker by winning its series against Milton, 2-1. The Eagles will still claim a playoff berth with two wins and at least one South Forsyth loss.
The Eagles will face North Forsyth, currently last in the region standings, twice before ending the regular season against West Forsyth this Friday.