Evans, John Milledge chase another GISA title
It’s hard to imagine anyone having a better all-around school year than Trevor Evans has enjoyed.
The John Milledge senior played quarterback on the Trojans’ football team that went undefeated and won a GISA Class 3A championship, and he has a 12-0 record on the mound for a John Milledge baseball team that will play for a championship this weekend against Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg.
Oh, and Evans also has a 4.0 GPA.
“Right now I don’t think I could have planned it any better,” said Evans, who has struck out 151 hitters in 75 innings and has signed to play baseball at Georgia College. “Even though the seniors have already graduated, we know we have one more thing left to do, and that is finish this out with a baseball state championship. We have been playing great playoff baseball over the last few weeks, and if we don’t get it done, we will end up very unsatisfied with the way our high school careers end.
John Milledge is cruising right now with six straight playoff wins and enters the championship series with a 24-3 record. Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg is also 6-0 in the playoffs to stand at 16-5.
“I haven’t seen them play, but I have heard from coaching friends that they have a very strong pitching staff, and they are fundamentally sound,” John Milledge head coach Justin Mills said. “We thought at the beginning of the season that there were maybe eight teams that could win the state championship, and Trinity was one of them. They have to be a very strong team to make it to the state championship game.”
John Milledge is led by a pitching staff of Evans and fellow senior Andrew Prestwood, who has six wins to go with a 0.69 ERA. The Trojans’ offense relies heavily on catcher Dawson Huff, who is hitting .416 with a team-leading 32 RBI. Peyton Massey is second on the team with a .349 average, while Jalen Beck follows closely behind with a .345 average.
John Milledge has not won a GISA baseball title since 1993.
“We have talked about how long it’s been, and I think we are the team to stop that streak,” said Massey, who hit a dramatic two-run homer in the sixth inning of John Milledge’s 2-1 win over Heritage in the semifinals. “This team has worked harder than any other team I have been on, and we are excited for the opportunity we have.”
The series, which will be played at Mercer’s OrthoGeorgia Park, begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and continues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
“We won a state championship on Mercer’s football field, and we also played in the basketball Final Four at Mercer and lost, so our kids are familiar with the surroundings, and we are happy to be playing at such a great facility,” Mills said. “Hopefully the experience these kids have had playing in big time games in other sports will help us out this weekend.”