GA Power 25: Week 4

Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

The season is rolling on, but week 4 did not provide as much drama as we have seen in past weeks in our Power 25. The top-3 all had undefeated weeks. And there was little movement amongst the teams ranked. The one exception being No. 10 Brookwood who moves up from No. 15.

Here are the top headlines coming out of the fourth week of the season, March 8 to March 14.

Top-3 Roll

+ No. 1 Buford (13-0), No. 2 Carrollton (13-1), No. 3 North Oconee (12-1) - The top-3 teams in the state went out and all had undefeated weeks. Buford swept Lanier, scoring 23 runs and allowing only one in the three game series. Carrollton had an eventful week, needing extra-inning walk-offs over No. 25 Wesleyan and Bremen. Our staff was in attendance for the Carrollton v Wesleyan game. North Oconee took care of business with a three game sweep of Chestatee.

Grayson Keeps Moving

+ No. 5 Grayson (9-0) - The Rams continue to climb up the rankings, moving from No. 6 to No. 5 this week. Since starting as Preseason No. 24, Grayson has moved up the rankings each week. This week presents a huge challenge with a three game series against a surging Parkview team. Grayson could make a big statement.

Winder-Barrow Quietly Winning

+ No. 6 Winder-Barrow (9-1) - We have not given much attention to Winder-Barrow’s 9-1 start, and you get the feeling they are just waiting in the weeds in a loaded 6A. Any team with Brady House (2021; Tennessee) is going to be a dangerous one, and House is proving that with his play this far through the season. He is hitting .581 with five doubles and four home runs. Nine out of his 18 hits have been extra base hits. The Lewis twins are also off to hot starts. Andreaus Lewis (2021) is hitting .500 with a whopping 20 runs batted in. Andrew Lewis (2021) is 4-0 on the mound with a 1.43 ERA. Every team needs players to step up and the Bulldogs have seen RHP Ken Shipman (2024) do just that. The freshman has had an incredible start to his high school career. So far, he has made four appearances, two starts, compiled a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA in 18.0 innings pitched.

Brookwood Enters Top-10

+ No. 10 Brookwood (9-3) - Brookwood enters the top-10 for the first time all season. The Broncos had a big week. First they took down North Gwinnett 10-0 behind a big performance on the mound by RHP Dylan Lonergan (2023). Lonergan tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits, while striking out 11 and hitting one batter. They then ran into two top-25 opponents in No. 25 Wesleyan and No. 12 Loganville. Brookwood needed extra innings to defeat Wesleyan 4-3 and then took care of Loganville 5-1 on Friday night.

The Trojans March On

+ No. 18 Lassiter (10-3) - After breaking into the rankings in week 1, Lassiter has had a bit of hype surrounding them, as they picked up some impressive early season victories. We finally got a first hand look at them last week when they traveled to No. 7 Allatoona. The Trojans made a big statement, controlling the game from start to finish en route to an 8-2 victory. You can read the full game recap HERE. It would have been a statement week if the Trojans could have picked up the win against No. 8 Pope, but they fell 6-4. Don’t sleep on the Trojans.

Welcome Benedictine

+ No. 21 Benedictine (11-0) - The undefeated Cadets make their debut in the Power 25 at No. 21. Benedictine have been getting it done all over the park led by one of the state’s top prospects, LHP Carter Holton (2021; Vanderbilt). Holton is a game changer on the mound. He picked up his second career perfect game two weeks ago, earning him Player of the Week honors. He is also one of the leading hitters on the team along with OF Justin Thomas (2022; Georgia). The Cadets offense has scored 92 runs in their 11 games, good for 8.4 runs per game. Their pitching staff is putting up just as impressive numbers, having allowed 18 runs total, 1.6 per game.

Wesleyan Woes

+ No. 25 Wesleyan (8-4) - You have to feel for the Wolves. In the span of a week they dropped three games against top-10 teams in heart breaking fashion. First, they almost rallied to come back and to defeat No. 5 Grayson two weekends ago, but came up just short, 10-9. Then they travelled to No. 2 Carrollton on Monday. The Wolves battled with the Trojans for 10 innings, but in the end fell victim to a walk-off home run. The tragedy continued with a trip to No. 10 Brookwood on Wednesday. The Wolves took the Broncos to nine innings, and were up 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth. However, they were unable to hold on to the lead and lost on another walk-off, 4-3. The skid stopped on Thursday with an 11-1 victory over Whitefield Academy.

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