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Heritage, Stephenson split first two games of state baseball series, game 3 Saturday

The Heritage baseball team lived to see at least one more day.

The No. 3 seed Patriots defeated Stephenson 5-3 in game two to even the teams best-of-three first round series in Class AAAAA. Stephenson, which won the first game 3-0, will host the deciding rubber game Saturday at 3 p.m.

Both schools are trying to make some recent playoff history on the diamond. The visiting Patriots, who won 17 games, 11 in league play, during the regular season, are attempting to get past the round of 32 for the first time since 2009. Stephenson, the runner-up in Region 6-AAAAA, is playing a postseason series for the first time since being swept in the first round by Parkview in 2002.

Bulldogs swept in two

Rockdale’s season came to an end in a Class AAAAAA first-round series as Region 4 runner-up North Cobb won 12-2 and 11-4 at Harvey Cochran Field.

Trevor Devine was 7-for-7 from the plate and tossed a complete game in the opener and Eli Sepnieski had five hits in the doubleheader for North Cobb (19-9).

“(Rockdale) played hard and hit the ball well, we were able to do so also,” said North Cobb coach Tom Callahan.

Rockdale, the No. 3 seed from Region 2 appearing in the state tournament for the second consecutive season, got two hits in each game from Jelani Clarington and Terrell Mclaughlin, but finished 15-12.

“Overall we had a good season, made playoffs back to back seasons for the first time in several years,” said Rockdale coach Justin Arrington. “(The) boys worked hard and left a good foundation for the future success of the program. They played hard all the way to the end, but…there is only one team in AAAAAA that will end their season victorious and unfortunately it is not us.”