Valdosta Daily Times

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April 9, 2012

Column: Plenty to be decided in local area public school baseball seasons

VALDOSTA — With less than a month remaining in the high school baseball regular season, there is still plenty of baseball to be played, and plenty to be decided when it comes to region champions being crowned.

In the three regions containing local area, public schools, two regions have a tie atop the standings, while another is  a close race.

In the premiere region of South Georgia, Region 1-AAAAA, the Lowndes Vikings and Colquitt County Packers are tied atop the standings. Both teams stand with a 5-2 in-region record, with one win coming against each other. The two teams will meet to close out the regular season with a game at Noel George Field on April 27.

Before then, the Vikings will face Tift County and Valdosta on the road, and Coffee at home.

Behind Lowndes and Colquitt County sits Tift County and Coffee, which both sit with 3-4 region records, while Valdosta is 1-4 in region play.

In Region 1-AA, as expected, Berrien and Cook sit atop the region standings, as the two teams hold 5-1 record records, with Berrien holding the tie-breaker, having beaten the Hornets 8-1 on March 23. Cook and Berrien will meet for a final time April 17.

While the two teams battle for the region lead, Thomasville continues to lurk. The Bulldogs are 4-2 in region play, having beaten Berrien once this season. The Bulldogs will play at Berrien April 10 and home against Cook April 20.

In Region 2-A-A — the region that features Lanier County and Clinch County — Charlton County currently holds a two-game lead over Lanier County, as the Indians are a perfect 9-0 in region play, while the Bulldogs are 7-2. But, in Region 2-A, a region champion is crowned through a tournament, which begins April 23.

Ed’s column appears every Monday in the Times. He can be reached on

Twitter  at @Ed_Hooper.

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