Hardaway Baseball Ends Quarterfinal Drought


It’s been more than a decade since the Hardaway baseball team has played in the GHSA Quarterfinals.

With a win in game three against Troup County over the weekend, that Quarterfinal drought is over.

The Hawks are set to hit the road on Wednesday for their first quarterfinal series since 2006.

It’s been quite the year for the Hawks. This time last year, they were sitting at home watching other teams play for a state title, something that motivated them more than ever.

Now, they not only made the playoffs but are the last Columbus city team standing as their turnaround season hopefully continues.

“Nobody wanted to be sitting there in May watching their friends and people across town playing,” said head coach Chris Gilstrap. “So it was already in the back of our minds coming into the year that we missed something we thought we should have been in and it’s a little more motivation to work a little bit harder.”

“We know we were capabale last year making it and even though we didn’t we came closer together as a team and we’re playing as a family right now,” added pitcher and first baseman Chandler Griggs.

Hardaway will travel to Heritage-Catoosa on Wednesday, May 10th. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm with the second game to follow. A third game if needed will be played Thursday, May 11th at 2pm.

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