The Stephens County Indian baseball season comes to a close.
Region 6-AAAA champion Marist swept the visiting Indians in two straight games Friday in the first round of the state baseball playoffs.
In the first game, Marist’s Chris McGrath singled to bring home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the War Eagles edged Stephens County 2-1.
Then in the second game, the Indians fell behind early, then scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but came up just short, falling to Marist 9-6.
Ben Cleveland had two homeruns in the doubleheader for the Indians. He hit a solo blast for the lone Indian run in the first game and then crushed a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game Two.
Mason Long, Josh Slate, and Evan Rumsey all also had RBI hits in the series for the Indians.
Slate was the tough-luck losing pitcher in the first game for Stephens County, giving up just two runs and five hits in a complete game effort.
Kain Hewitt took the loss in Game Two for Stephens County, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. Rumsey pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for the Indians in Game Two, allowing two runs.
The Indians end the season with a record of 18-9 overall, while Marist will advance to the second round of the state playoffs to host Alexander, who defeated Cedartown in three games in their first-round series.
As for the other Region 8-AAAA teams in the state baseball playoffs, Walnut Grove defeated Columbia in three games to advance and Lanier defeated Grady in three games to advance, while Lumpkin County was eliminated in two games by Redan.