Cartersville’s opponent in the next round of the 2015 Class AAAA state baseball playoffs was extended to a third game in their second round series, but the Region 3-AAAA champions survived and advanced.
Wayne County pitcher J.D. Paul carried the Yellow Jackets through that series tossing two complete games. Paul went the full seven innings in a 4-1 victory in Game 1 and then continually escaped trouble the next day in Game 3 for a 3-1 series clinching win.
Troup won the middle game of the series, 3-2.
In Game 3, Troup totaled nine hits, but left a lot of runners in scoring position. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the third inning when Wayne County struck for their deciding three runs.
Paul, Brooks Parker, and Hunter Roberson each had a pair of hits in the series clincher for Wayne County. Parker, Roberson, and Chase Hinson drove in the Jackets’ runs.
The Yellow Jackets (21-8) will host Cartersville in the GHSA Class AAAA quarterfinals Tuesday, May 12 (doubleheader). If the teams split games Tuesday, the best-of-three series will conclude Wednesday, May 13. That game is also scheduled for Jesup.
The winner of the Cartersville/Wayne County series will advance to the Class 4A semifinals and will host the survivor of the Locust Grove/Buford series May 18-19. SEE ALSO Jason Greenberg's series preview story in The Daily Tribune News