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  • During the third inning of game one, Blessed Trinity short stop C.J. Abrams (#1) safely beats the throw to an outstretched Woodward Academy first baseman. In the third and decisive game, Abrams help lead the team to a 2-1 victory. He scored both runs after he doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • The Blessed Trinity High School players come out of the dugout to celebrate as a run comes across home plate during the third inning to give them their first lead of game one’s Class AAAA state baseball quarterfinals against College Park’s Woodward Academy. In the first game of a best two out of three-game series, Blessed Trinity was a 7-2 winner. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Blessed Trinity left-handed starting pitcher Eric Moore pitches a scoreless third inning during game one of the Class AAAA state baseball quarterfinals against College Park's Woodward Academy, May 8. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Blessed Trinity's Steele Chambers makes it back to the first base bag, after a pickoff attempt by the Woodward Academy pitcher goes high to the first baseman. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • After crossing home plate, pinch runner Matt McCafffrey (#15) is greeted by his teammate and designated hitter Jake Smith, as Smith makes his way to the batter’s box. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • With two outs in the sixth inning, Blessed Trinity High School left fielder Trey Baker (#27) hits a ground rule double deep into the outfield to drive in two runs during the first game of a best two out of three series against Woodward Academy at the Class AAAA state baseball quarterfinals. Blessed Trinity won game one 7-2. Photo By Michael Alexander

During the third inning of game one, Blessed Trinity short stop C.J. Abrams (#1) safely beats the throw to an outstretched Woodward Academy first baseman. In the third and decisive game, Abrams help lead the team to a 2-1 victory. He scored both runs after he doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning. Photo By Michael Alexander


Roswell

Blessed Trinity advances to baseball’s ‘final four’

By MICHAEL ALEXANDER | Published May 16, 2019

 ROSWELL— It took a second day of competition, but on May 9, Blessed Trinity High School earned a spot in the Class AAAA state semifinal game by defeating College Park’s Woodward Academy, 2-1, for its second victory of a three-game series.

In the first game, May 8, Blessed Trinity defeated Woodward Academy 7-2.

Woodward jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when center fielder D.A. Allen hit a double, and he came around to score on a RBI single by first baseman Wesley Maxey.

In the second inning, Blessed Trinity designated hitter Jake Smith led off with a double and left fielder Trey Baker followed that up with a single, allowing Smith to score and tie up the game at one run apiece.

In the third inning, Blessed Trinity’s C. J. Abrams’ lead managed a base hit, and he came in to score after center fielder Ryan Davis tripled off Woodward Academy starting pitcher Will Sanders, giving Blessed Trinity its first lead. Davis scored the third run two batters later after another single by Baker.

With Blessed Trinity ahead 3-1, both teams went scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.

Woodward’s Tyler Neely led off the top of the sixth inning with a ground rule double and eventually scored the team’s second run after a teammate’s sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Blessed Trinity would add four more runs before the third out was recorded.

Blessed Trinity starting pitcher Eric Moore completed the seventh and final inning with two strikeouts, a walk and a pop up to the second baseman, Ben Hamacher, to end the game.

Blessed Trinity High School left fielder Trey Baker (#27) runs to third base during the second inning after a sacrifice fly by the team’s third baseman Michael Mitchler. Baker had two singles and a ground rule double in the first game of a best two out of three series against Woodward Academy during the Class AAAA state baseball quarterfinals. Blessed Trinity won game one 7-2. Photo By Michael Alexander

In the second game, 30 minutes later, Woodward Academy beat Blessed Trinity 3-1. A second inning triple by Woodward Academy’s Allen brought in two of their three runs. Allen was able to score the third run when Reid Christensen, the team’s second baseman, hit a single.

In the third game, May 9, Abrams, Blessed Trinity’s leadoff  hitter, scored the team’s first two runs after he doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning.

Woodward Academy trailed through five innings, until they scored on a Blessed Trinity error in the top of the sixth inning to draw within one run. After Woodward’s third out, the game was suspended for rain.

Following a one hour plus rain delay, play resumed. Blessed Trinity went scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the seventh inning, relief pitcher Dominick Marcoccio, who replaced starting pitcher Joseph Chambers midway in the sixth inning, returned to the mound. It came down to Woodward’s fifth at-bat. Woodward had two outs, and after a double steal, they had runners on second and third base, representing the tying and go-ahead runs.

The batter drove the count to three balls and two strikes. Blessed Trinity fans shouted phrases of encouragement and support to the pitcher and Woodward fans did the same for the batter.

A hushed silence came over the ballpark. Marcoccio looks down to the catcher, winds up and throws a four-seam fastball. The batter swings, but doesn’t make contact. The ball reaches the catcher’s mitt with the sound that indicates strike three. Game over.

“There’s lots of pressure in a situation like that,” said Marcoccio after the game. “I was just trying to focus and keep the ball down in the strike zone, so my defense could make a play.”

At press time for The Georgia Bulletin, Blessed Trinity (30-7) and Alpharetta’s Denmark High School (18-16)  were playing their first semifinal game.