Hillgrove's "Team Effort" Leads To GHSA First Round Sweep
As the Georgia High School Association baseball state championship tournament began on Saturday, the Hillgrove Hawks hosted the Archer Tigers in the opening round of Class 7A. The Hawks would take game one of the best of three series 7-2 as they would produce runs in four of the six innings that they made plate appearances, including the bottom of the first inning, in which they picked up their first two runs. Hillgrove’s Avery Wilson would have the team’s only homerun in the game.
Game two, the Hawks would be a bit stingier defensively as they would not give up any runs in the 5-0 victory. However, after picking up two runs early, Hillgrove would not give themselves some breathing room until the top of the sixth inning after a standing RBI triple by Tanner Greenwald would give them a 3-0 lead, followed by a Landon Abrams sacrifice fly ball to right field extended the Hillgrove lead to 4-0. Zach Wieder would give the Hawks an additional run on an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning as Hillgrove would pick up the 5-0 win.
“I thought we pitched really well,” Hillgrove head coach said of Lorenzo Atwell, Carl Paolino, Ben Hoffman, Brady Martel and Wieder, who all took to the mound for the Hawks on Saturday. “I thought we did some good things offensively,” Richardson added as he highlighted Avery Wilson’s, Wieder’s and Atwell’s day at the plate to help the Hawks complete the sweep of the Tigers to advance to the second round of the tournament. “It was a team effort. Everybody contributed, I thought we had good energy so I was proud of the effort, but each round, you have to play a little better,” Richardson said.
Hillgrove will host the Carrollton Trojans in the second round of the playoffs.