Photo by Brian Paglia
Luella coach Andy Cooper will led his third-ranked team into a first round playoff series against South Cobb on Friday.

Photo by Brian Paglia Luella coach Andy Cooper will led his third-ranked team into a first round playoff series against South Cobb on Friday.

CLASS AAAAA

South Cobb at Luella

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4:30 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.

Records, rankings: South Cobb is 13-12, and unranked; Luella is 19-6 and ranked No. 3.

On the diamond: South Cobb has shown that it has some offensive firepower. In a 10-6 win over North Cobb last week, the Eagles had three home runs in the first four innings. The Eagles, the fourth seed from Region 4-AAAA, have won eight of their last 10 games. In contrast, Luella has won nine of its last 11 games. However, coach Andy Cooper is looking for a better effort now that the postseason has started. Luella is led by Florida International signee Julius Gaines and junior Chase Scott. Matt Kelly has been solid on the mound with a 6-1 record.

Next round: Winner takes on the Coffee-Camden County winner in second round.

CLASS AAAA

Lovejoy at Wayne County

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4:30 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 2 p.m.

Records, rankings: Lovejoy is 16-9 overall; Wayne County is 24-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA.

On the diamond: Lovejoy will leave at 8 a.m. Friday to start its four hour trek to Jesup. Awaiting the Wildcats will be the state's top-ranked Class AAAA team, which is also ranked No. 16 in the nation in the latest Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association poll. Wildcats coach Craig Chatman doesn't think his team will be intimidated since it faced some solid pitching the last several years playing in Class AAAAA. Chatman anticipates using the majority of his pitching staff, which includes Vance Johnson, Courtney Ward and Xavier Anthony during the series.

Next round: Winner takes on the Thomas County Central-Whitewater winner in second round.

Greenbrier at Jonesboro

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4:30 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.

Records, rankings: Greenbrier is 17-8; Jonesboro is 20-4. Neither team is ranked.

On the diamond: This is a matchup of teams that seem to be headed in different directions. Greenbrier, which has won four baseball championships since the Evans school opened in 1996, has lost five of its last 11 games. In contrast, Jonesboro is one of the hottest teams in the area with a 16-game winning streak. The Cardinals have been led by pitchers Dustin Boggs and Brandon Jackson. At the plate, Cameron Sutton and Darien London have been consistent.

Next round: Winner takes on the Lee County-Jones County winner starting Wednesday.

Effingham County at Mundy's Mill

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday at noon.

Records, rankings: Effingham is 14-11; Mundy's Mill is 22-3 and ranked No. 3.

On the diamond: Mundy Mill will be making its first playoff appearance since the 2008 season when it advanced to the second round. Tigers coach Patrick Smith noted that his team's field is much larger than Effingham's, which he hopes plays to his team's advantage. A balance hitting and pitching attach has kept the Tigers ranked in the top 10 the majority of the season. The current junior class has "paid their dues" since playing as freshmen on the Class AAAAA level. Mundy's Mill junior Corey Harmon has been a leader at the plate and on the mound. He is hitting .558 with 40 RBI.

Next round: Winner takes on the Northside-Warner Robins/Northgate winner in the second round.

Warner Robins at Ola

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday.

Records, rankings: Warner Robins is 16-10; Ola is 18-7. Neither team is ranked.

On the diamond: Though the Mustangs experienced a great deal of roster turnover this season, they have leadership where it counts up the middle of the field in catcher Brad Blount, shortstop Cody Wofford, centerfielder Neal Gandee and pitcher A.J. Sunstrom. All are seniors who have never missed the state tournament. Ola is hoping the regular season got its host of newcomers (OF Ryan Arnold, UTL Kirk Gibson, LHP Ryan Knight, etc.) ready for postseason play.

Next round: Winner takes on the South Effingham-Creekside winner in the second round.

CLASS AAA

West Laurens at Locust Grove

Dates, time: Friday, first game at 4:30 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday.

Records, rankings: West Laurens is 19-5; Locust Grove is 15-6. Neither team is ranked.

On the diamond: Entering their first state tournament appearance in school history, the Wildcats are loaded with an impressive inventory of arms on the mound. Dawson Brown (Mercer), Jordan Dukes (Tennessee Tech) and Seth Lucio (Tennessee Tech) have all signed to pitch with Division I colleges. If there's a question mark with Locust Grove, it's the lineup, which has struggled to score against top teams. West Laurens has lost in the first round the last two seasons.

Next round: Winner takes on the Crisp County-Grovetown winner in the second round.

CLASS A

Eagle's Landing Christian at Mount Paran

Dates, time: First game at 1 p.m. with second game to follow. A third game, if necessary, will be played Saturday.

Records, rankings: Mount Paran is 17-9 and unranked; ELCA is 20-5 and ranked No. 10.

On the diamond: Since 2005, Mount Paran has reached the state playoffs four teams, but didn't advance past the first round. The Eagles come into the game averaging six runs per contest. ELCA has won 11 of its last 12 games and are averaging nine runs per game. ELCA won the Class A state title in 2006 and played in the finals in 2007.

Next round: Winner takes on the Aquinas-King's Ridge winner in the second round.