Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Photo Gallery: A 7-6 win in the third game secures spot in state baseball finals.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
For the second straight year, the Providence Christian Academy Stars are playing in the Class A baseball finals. The Stars defeated Savannah Christian 7-6 in the final game of the best-of-three series Tuesday to reach the title round. Providence will face Charlton County in the finals. Charlton beat George Walton Academy two games to one in its semifinal series. Providence was pushed to the wall after Savannah Christian won Game 2 of the series 5-4, also played Tuesday after being rained out on Monday. The championship series is expected to begin Saturday.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Graduations, baseball finals heighten excitement of holiday weekend.
If this weekend in Lilburn doesn't get you revved up, check your pulse. In a highly awaited crescendo to the school year -- Memorial Day weekend, too -- Parkview and Providence Christian High seniors are graduating, and the schools' baseball teams are in the Class AAAAA and A finals. "It's a great way to end my senior year," said Parkview senior Katie Carroll, a Panthers basketball player. "It'll probably be crazy at Parkview all weekend." Parkview's commencement is in its football stadium today at 8 p.m., and Providence's is at Lilburn's Mount Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Saturday. But those are just the start of what both communities hope will be reason to celebrate through summer vacation. Both schools' baseball teams open their best-of-…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Stars hit three grand slams on coach's birthday in 15-4 win over Treutlen County.
Providence Christian baseball coach Adam Cantrell says he's never been big on birthdays. But his Stars were big on birthday presents Tuesday in Game 3 of their Class A series against visiting Treutlen County. Providence helped celebrate Cantrell's 36th birthday by hitting three grand slam home runs and dispensing the Vikings 15-4 to advance to the state finals. Christin Stewart, Tyler Brown and Nick Stidman all cleared the bases with home runs as the Stars easily won the game, which was ended in six innings by the 10-run mercy rule. After losing the first game to Treutlen, Providence outscored the Vikings 25-4 in the final two games. "The thing that makes this run so special is how we've faced adversity," Cantrell said. "We struggled at …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Two-hit pitching by Alan Skinner keeps Stars' hopes alive.
Alan Skinner was the lift Providence Christian needed to stave off elimination in the Class A baseball semifinals Monday in Lilburn. The lanky senior pitched a complete-game three-hitter as the Stars beat Treutlen 10-0 in the second game of the best-of-three series, enabling the Stars to keep their state-championship dreams alive. His performance came after an 8-1 loss in the first game of Monday's doubleheader, the first time in the playoffs the Stars had lost an opener and had been in danger of being swept the first day. "We came out and weren't as focused as we usually are in Game 1," said Skinner, whose fourth-inning home run was Providence's lone run in the opener. "We knew Treutlen was a good team so I came out in the second game and…
Both series to be decided today, with the winners advancing to the state semifinals.
See separate stories on Monday night's baseball. Providence Christian and Parkview Providence Christian and Parkview both averted being swept from the baseball playoffs Monday by forcing the final games of their best-of-three series. After being shut down in an 8-1 loss to Treutlen in the first game of the Class A series in Lilburn, Providence beat the Vikings 10-0 in the second game to split the doubleheader. The Stars will play for a spot in the state finals in a 2 p.m. game today at PCA. Parkview, held to three hits in a 3-0 Game 1 loss at Colquitt County, came back in the second game with an 8-4 win to force the deciding third game in their Class AAAAA series. Game 3 is scheduled today at 1 p.m. in Moultrie.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Parent-submitted photos from Providence Christian's baseball-series win over King's Ridge earlier this week.
Friday, May 20, 2011
With Providence Christian Academy headed for the state Class A semifinals next week, we present a gallery of photos sent to us by parents. Are you interested in contributing to our content on Lilburn Patch, too? It's easy to do. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or share content via the "Announcements" feature on the site, which will allow you to upload photos, video and text.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Providence Christian routes King's Ridge 12-2 to advance in Class A playoffs.
Providence Christian kept its offensive foot on the pedal Wednesday in beating King's Ridge to advance in the Class A baseball playoffs. The Stars, who scored 28 runs in the first game of the series, pounded out 14 hits and scored in every inning to beat the Tigers 12-2 and win the deciding third game in the quarterfinal series. Nick Stidman started the onslaught with a first-inning grand slam home run and he finished it in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single that scored Austin Smith, resulting in the game being called due to the 10-run mercy rule. Christin Stewart hit his fourth home run of the series, a two-run shot in the second inning that scored Austin Lloyd, who finished the game 4-for-4 with two RBIs. The homer also was …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Stars advance to the Class A quarterfinals with 15-10 win.
Providence Christian baseball coach Adam Cantrell might have had a flashback when his Stars took a 5-0 lead over George Walton Academy Thursday in the deciding game of their best-of-three playoff series. In 2009, Providence split two games with Landmark Christian and led 5-0 in the third game only to lose. History didn't repeat this time. Providence pounded out 18 hits and outlasted George Walton to win 15-10 and advance to next week's Class A quarterfinals to play King's Ridge, a team the Stars beat twice during the regular season. Providence jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first inning as Tyler Brown led off with a double, Austin Loyd singled and Christin Stewart singled to score the first run off George Walton starter Trey…
Team effort, quick start, leads to convincing 4-1 victory at Pace Academy
Four different players scored for Providence Christian Academy, with two of the goals coming in the game's first five minutes of play, as the Stars beat Pace Academy for the second time this season and advanced to the GHSA Class A state championship game. Despite playing on Pace’s home field, Providence controlled the contest from the outset. “We lost our last regular season game to Paideia, which cost us home-field advantage in the playoffs. So we’ve been on the road quite a bit, and we’re used to it, “ said head coach Todd Henry. “The boys have worked hard, and they’re playing their best soccer right now.” Junior forward Caleb McQuaig scored the first goal on an assist from Will Lowndes just four minutes into the contest. Lowndes sent …