GA Power 25: Week 6


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director



Week 6 saw some teams start to make moves as we are getting into the thick of region play. Some teams are capitalizing and heating up at the right time, while others are slipping up. Things should continue to turn up over the next few weeks as the playoffs come into focus for the Power 25. You can also check out our GHSA Class 7A-1A Polls, which debuted this week, to see where teams stack up across Georgia's Classifications.

Here are the top headlines coming out of the sixth week of the season, March 22 to March 28.

Top-10 Movement

+ No. 1 Buford (20-0), No. 2 Carrollton (18-1), and No. 3 North Oconee (18-1) - It is almost a side note at this point that the top-3 remained the same. Buford, Carrollton, and North Oconee have held onto their positions in the Power 25 for four consecutive weeks now. Buford has three games with Central Gwinnett this week, while Carrollton finishes their series with Rome and have a two game set with Paulding County. North Oconee could be in for a tricky one against Class 3A No. 5 North Hall.

+ No. 4 Winder-Barrow (15-1) - We have been talking about the Bulldogs for the past few weeks and they just continue to roll. As a result, Winder-Barrow move from No. 5 to No. 4. At this point they have entered the discussion with the three aforementioned teams as one of the state’s elite. SS Brady House (Tennessee) is now hitting .638 with 9 2B, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 35 R.

+ No. 5 Allatoona (16-4) - We talked about it last week, Allatoona went through the ringer at the PBR High School Select this past week. The Buccaneers faced one of the most talented lineups in the country in IMG, falling 8-3. They were able to walk-off PBR Alabama No. 14 Florence (AL) 6-5, but could not get past No. 9 Bob Jones (AL) 6-1. Coach Keith Hansen sits at 399 wins and will look to get over the hump against No. 15 Lassiter or Sprayberry this week.

+ No. 8 North Paulding (13-4) - The Wolfpack have stormed back into top-10, riding an 8 game winning streak. The early season struggles seem to be a thing of the past, and North Paulding looks like the team we all thought they were capable of being. A busy week awaits, with home games against Harrison, Marietta, and North Cobb, plus a trip to Walton.

+ No. 9 Houston County (13-6) - The Bears slide down the rankings from No. 4 to No. 9 after a rough week. No. 18 Starr’s Mill handed them a 7-3 loss to start the week. Houston County then split a double header with Valdosta, taking game one 15-11, but dropping game two 6-0. The Bears will have to regroup quickly with a tough slate of non-region games this week. First they host red hot No. 17 West Laurens and then travel to Class 2A No. 9 Lovett.

Risers

+ No. 14 Benedictine (16-1) - The Cadets suffered their first loss of the season 11-3 to Metter over the weekend. They did pick up two more wins prior to that over New Hampstead and Jenkins. A move from No. 19 to No. 14 makes Benedictine the co-highest risers. This week will be a test. First a short trip to Islands on Tuesday before going south to Jacksonville to take on Providence School (FL) and PBR Florida No. 12 Bolles (FL).

+ No. 15 Lassiter (14-3) - Lassiter continues to turn in quality performances, collecting two more wins last week. They made easy work of South Cobb in a 10-0 affair, and then used another strong outing by the pitching staff to shutout Kell 4-0. This is a massive week for Lassiter as far as their region is concerned with games against No. 5 Allatoona and No. 7 Pope. But first, they have to get by Kennesaw Mountain.

+ No. 17 West Laurens (11-1) - The Raiders have played sporadically throughout the first few weeks of the season, but they are now in the thick of their region schedule and deserve some attention. West Laurens is currently riding a 7 game winning streak, dropping their only game late in February to Lambert. The Raiders will face a huge test this week when they travel to No. 9 Houston County.

+ No. 18 Starr’s Mill (13-6) - Starr’s Mill look to be back on track after some up and down stretches early in the season. They picked up a convincing win over No. 9 Houston County, made quick work of Griffin and beat a dangerous Whitewater team last week. The Panthers will play host to three region games this week. First up they will look to avenge a loss to McIntosh. Then they welcome Northside. Finally, the rubber match against No. 16 Harris County.

Newcomers

+ No. 23 River Ridge (15-3) - River Ridge has been on the cusp of breaking into the rankings for several weeks now, and finally got over the hurdle in a big way. The Knights knocked previously ranked Cambridge out of the Power 25 with a three game sweep last week. River Ridge is getting by on short margins, winning 11 games by two runs or less. They will hope to keep things rolling as they take on Chattahoochee in a three game series this week.

+ No. 25 Decatur (17-4) - Don’t look now, but Decatur is on fire and winners of 10 straight games. The Bulldogs have scored a total of 132 runs over the course of their run and limited their opponents to only 21. Decatur finishes off a region series with St. Pius X and has two games against Southwest Dekalb this week.

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