Griffin won its first region championship in baseball by crushing Westside-Macon 16-4 and 15-4 an opening-round Region 4-AAAA playoff series Tuesday at The Bear’s Den.
Griffin, by virtue of its No. 1 seed in Region 4-AAAA North and opening-round series victory, is the region champion.
“It’s one of those things where one year the top seed from one side win the region championship and the next year the No. 1 seed from the other side gets it,” said Bears head coach Jamie Cassady, whose team has finished subregion championship the last two years in a row and four times in the last five seasons.
The victory not only provided the Bears (20-4) with the school’s first region championship since the early 1980s (when the team won a state title and finished state runner-up in back-to-back seasons) it more importantly propelled the team into the state playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Griffin will face Northgate (13-11) in an opening-round, best-of-three Class AAAA state playoff series at The Bears’ Den beginning on Friday May 9.
First pitch will either be at 4 or 4:30 p.m., said Griffin head coach Jamie Cassady. He said the team’s were still working out the start time for the doubleheader that day. The “If necessary” game would be played May 10, also at Griffin.
Cassady and his staff wasted little time planning out their team’s next move. With a 10-day gap between the region playoffs and the opening round of the state playoffs, they opted to play a game — 6 p.m. today against Dutchtown — to stay sharp.
He said they might schedule another game for early next week if they can find someone who also wants a tune-up. The Bears carry a 13-game winning streak into tonight’s game.