Parkview Sweeps North Paulding For Third Straight GHSA Championship, Ninth In Program History
On Monday, the Parkview Panthers faced the North Paulding Wolfpack for the Georgia High School Association Class 7A state championship, as the Panthers looked to win their third straight title and ninth in program history. In Game 1, the Panthers would eventually take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning and thanks to pitcher, Mason Brown, who only allowed two hits through six innings pitched, having a solid performance on the mound, the Panthers found themselves maintaining that lead heading into the top of the seventh inning in which they picked up three more runs in route to a 4-0 win.
In Game 2, the Panthers would once again strike first after a Bryson Stripling RBI single would give them a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Wolfpack would not be outdone in Game two as they would tie the game following an RBI double by Mitchell Heer. Parkview would regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 2-1 lead off a Cade Sadler RBI single on a North Paulding ERA. But a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning by Grayson Taylor of the Wolfpack would once again tie the game at 2-2. The Panthers would retake the lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning thanks to Colin Houck, as they would go up 3-2, which would be the final, as Parkview would sweep North Paulding to claim the 2021 GHSA 7A state title.
After the game, Parkview head coach, Chan Brown, said that it was a “cool” feeling for the team to win their third straight title, a goal they set for the 2020 season which was cut short due to COVID-19. “The cool thing about this is that we came back and 3-peated and that was the goal from last year and honestly I think we had the team to do it last year. We were really starting to rock and roll last year, we had some dominant arms, so we were hoping we’d get this chance. I’m so proud of the kids for taking it and doing what they needed to do.”