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Top 10 games to watch in Georgia high school baseball: Lassiter gets another crack at Allatoona

Lovett at Pace Academy, meanwhile, could be a preview of the 2A state championship series.
Photo by Ed Turlington

Photo by Ed Turlington

The marquee matchups start early this week, with a Lassiter-Allatoona rematch and a tilt between unbeaten region opponents Lovett and Pace Academy both taking place Monday.

10. Tucker (15-5) @ Westlake (19-3), 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Westlake is one of the more underrated teams in Georgia. The Lions have won 13 of their last 14 games and own the top region record at 12-0. Tucker is another underrated program and would love to get some recognition. The two teams have an upcoming three-game series, and a sweep in Tucker’s favor would grant them sole possession of first place in the region. If Westlake can avoid a sweep, it will maintain possession of first.

9. South Forsyth (15-8) @ Lambert (15-9), 6:15 p.m. Monday

South Forsyth and Lambert are making late pushes for first in Region 6-7A. South Forsyth is looking for a little revenge after getting swept in a two-game series between the two teams earlier in the season. Lambert holds the second seed and is three games behind Denmark in first place so expect the Longhorns to try to make some noise down the stretch.

8. Ola (17-5) @ Locust Grove (17-7), 5:55 p.m. Tuesday

Ola and Locust Grove are the two front-runners in Region 4-5A. Both teams are having great seasons even by their standards and are dominating their regions. Ola leads the pack with a region record of 10-0, and Locust Grove is right behind with a 9-1 record.

7. North Paulding (13-9) vs. Walton (15-9), 6 p.m. Tuesday

North Paulding will face Walton in a three-game series with some big-time region implications. North Paulding didn’t come into the season like most would have expected after winning the 7A state championship but has weathered the storm. Walton came out the gate hot but has cooled down tremendously. North Paulding sits in the No. 1 spot in the region with a record of 7-2. Walton has a chance to forget its recent struggles and move into first because it holds the No. 2 spot with a 6-3 record. The first two games in the series will be at ECB, with the third at North Paulding.

6. Lowndes (18-4) @ Coffee (17-5), 6 p.m. Tuesday

Lowndes and Coffee, two of the hottest teams in South Georgia, will square off in a late-season non-region matchup, one of the last for both teams. Lowndes has won 12 straight and taken down some tough teams in that stretch, while Coffee has won 12 of its last 14 games. 

5. Denmark (19-6) @ North Forsyth (16-9), 6:15 p.m Friday

Denmark and North Forsyth will embark on a tough stretch of region games to end the regular season. Denmark leads Region 6-7A, and though North Forsyth is a couple of games back in the standings, the Raiders always play Denmark tough. The last time these two teams matched up, it was a hard-fought two-game series that ended in a split.

4. Etowah (20-4) @ Woodstock (18-6), 5:55 p.m. Tuesday

Etowah and Woodstock will face off in a three-game series with major implications on the region standings. Both teams are trying to catch top-seeded Cherokee. Etowah has won five of its last six games, while Woodstock has won seven straight.

3. Baylor (Tennessee) (6-5) vs. Parkview (16-6), 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Parkview will host Baylor at LakePoint as the Red Raiders come down from Tennessee. Parkview has seemed to recapture its swagger, as the Panthers have won 10 of their last 11 games after a shaky start to the season. Baylor can understand the struggle. After three straight 24-plus-win seasons, the Red Raiders started off sluggish, but have now won three in a row.

2.Lassiter (16-8) @ Allatoona (22-2), 5:55 p.m. Monday

Allatoona will host Lassiter in the final meeting between the two SBLive Top 25 teams. Lassiter is looking to climb the standings in a very competitive region. Allatoona captured a comeback 4-3 win in the first meeting, and a win here would keep the Buccaneers atop the region.

1. Lovett (18-4) @ Pace Academy (17-3), 5:55 p.m. Monday

This could be a preview of the 2A state championship series. These have been two of the best 2A teams in the state all season. Lovett has won 10 of its last 11 games and has dominated its region with a 7-0 record, while Pace Academy has won eight of its last nine with a 6-0 region record.