Postseason baseball berths are being sewn up in northwest Georgia, but even though some teams have already secured their playoff appearance it doesn't mean the next week isn't crucial. In fact, a crucial win or loss in the last few regular season games can mean the difference between favorable or unwanted seeding.
"Now it's all about getting as good a seeding as you can get and making sure you get the best matchups for your team," said Ringgold coach Brent Tucker, whose Tigers have clinched a spot from Region 5-AAA but still need a win to clinch the No. 2 seed after falling to Cartersville on Wednesday. "It's huge the difference one [seeding] spot can mean."
For example, 5-AAA teams are matching up against a deep and talented Region 7. Enter as the top seed and host either White County or North Hall. Drop to the third or fourth seed and travel to either battle-tested North Hall or 18-1 Buford. The 5-AAA champ also would host at least the first three rounds.
The case is similar in 7-AA, where one game will likely decide who is No. 1 and who gets the No. 4 spot. Entering play Thursday four teams -- Calhoun, Pepperell, ...