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Schley County claims second state championship in three years

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Meat Loaf’s 1977 hit “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad” certainly applies to Schley County’s baseball team. Two state championships in the last three seasons certainly aren't bad at all.

Thursday, the Wildcats swept Gordon Lee in games one and two of the 2017 A-Public State Championship series two claim their second title, adding to the one they got in 2015.

"The first one was our first one so it was special. This one kind of validates it,” head coach Chuck Cheek said of the state
championship win. “There's a lot of people that have one, not many people have two so it makes it a little bit special."

Schley scored 18 runs in two games, beating Gordon Lee 6-0 in game one and 12-3 in game two to claim the title in convincing fashion, using big innings at the plate and great pitching to help seal the deal.

In game one, things were scoreless until the third inning, when Chase Patrick’s grounder to short was thrown wide of first base, allowing two runs to score to give Schley the lead. They followed that up with a four-run fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Will Barry did a great job on the hill, tossing six shutout innings to help the Wildcats grab the win.

Game two was Schley’s from the beginning. They put up two runs in the first and another pair of runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Gordon Lee responded with two of their own in the top of the third to cut the lead in half, but the Wildcats went ahead and hung six in the bottom of the frame, giving them a huge 10-2 lead. Two more runs came across later in the game, and the Schley took game two 12-3, and the state championship.

It’s another title for a team that felt overlooked at times this season.

“We were told at the beginning of the year that we weren't gonna be in the competition for elite eight,” senior catcher Jarrod Wall. “Everybody doubted us. But the performance we came and made in the final four and all throughout the playoffs just impressed everybody."

Senior pitcher/shortstop Chase Patrick, who picked up the win in game two, was more than happy to prove the doubters wrong.

"Told you so, I mean, they should have respected us,” Patrick said. “Look at the scoreboard, we beat the brakes off of them. I don't know what else to say to it."

Schley finishes the season 34-2 and adds another trophy to the case.  

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