Grangers learn playoff opponent

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 23, 2014

The LaGrange Grangers will be taking a road trip to the northwestern corner of the state next week.

The Grangers, who clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday, will open the Class AAAA state playoffs on the road against Northwest Whitfield on May 2.

While LaGrange will be the number four seed from Region 5-AAAA, Northwest Whitfield is the top seed from Region 7-AAAA.

Northwest Whitfield won a best-of-three series against Cedartown to win the region championship.

On Wednesday, Northwest beat Cedartown 2-1 and 9-1 in a doubleheader.

LaGrange coach Todd Herrington, knowing his team would be playing Northwest or Cedartown, was in attendance at Wednesday’s doubleheader.

“They’re pretty good. They’ve got a couple of guys who swing it really well, they execute offensively, and they’ve got some solid pitching,” Herrington said. “It’s another test.”

The Bruins improved to 20-4 with Wednesday’s wins, and they’ve won a region championship for the second straight season.

LaGrange, meanwhile, put together a four-game winning streak late in the season to secure the number four seed in its region.

The Grangers lost to the Carrollton Trojans 3-2 on Wednesday, but that didn’t prevent them from earning one of the region’s four playoff spots.

The Grangers (12-13 overall) were 4-5 in the region at one point, but they ended up going 8-6 in the region, and they got a big 3-2 win over Troup on Monday.

Callaway, meanwhile, will be at home for the first round of the state playoffs.

The Cavaliers won the Region 4-AAA championship, and they’ll host the number four seed from Region 2-AAA on May 2.

Callaway head coach Dusty Hubbard said the region seedings from Region 2-AAA haven’t been determined yet.

Troup failed to secure a playoff spot in Region 5-AAAA.

The Tigers came into the week with a chance to earn a playoff spot, but they lost to LaGrange on Monday, and they fell to Shaw 7-6 on Tuesday to finish at 7-7 in the region.

Callaway, LaGrange and Troup all still have games to play in the regular season.

Callaway will visit Hardaway today before closing the regular season on Saturday at Harris County.

LaGrange will host Northside on Saturday in its final regular-season game, and Troup will host Northside on Friday and Luella on Saturday.