By Rob Grubbs
Newnan and East Coweta are the sole remaining members of Region 2-7A still in the playoffs.
The Campbell Spartans, who won the region, were eliminated last week by North Cobb High School. Newnan takes a long road trip to Valdosta to face the Lowndes County Vikings while East Coweta goes to Gwinnett County to play the Parkview Panthers.
East Coweta (24-7) at Parkview (22-10, Region 4-7A Champions)
The Panthers travel to Lilburn to face the two-time reigning 7A state champion Parkview Panthers (Parkview won championships in 2018 and 2019. No championship was held last season due to COVID-19).
Overall, Parkview has won eight state championships dating back to 1996.
The Panthers are riding a 10-game winning streak. Their last loss was back on April 8 when the Starr’s Mill Panthers got them in extra innings 5-4. Last week in their first round series against Colquitt County, Parkview won both games easily, 7-2 and 12-1.
Kennesaw State Commit Mason Brown pitched six strong innings to win Game One followed by Landon Stripling who started and won Game Two.
The Panthers offense is led by future Tennessee Volunteer Ryan Spikes. Spikes is a five-tool player that the Indians will look to shut down. Catcher Byson Stripling signed to go to Morehead State.
The Panther lineup is strong from top to bottom, it will be a great challenge for Jansen Kenty and the Indian hurlers.
Newnan at Lowndes County (22-10, Region 1-7A Champions)
At this point, it really does not matter. The teams from this point are all good. The Newnan Cougars just show up and fight. They have come back from adversity so much that it's just part of their DNA.
The Vikings will get solid pitching from Mercer commit William Joyner, Kennesaw State commit Mason Steel and Garit Fender.
On offense, Jalen Hudson and Tristin Bohler will be leaders.
They had impressive wins at the start of the season against North Gwinnett and South Forsyth before losing a one-run game to Grayson.