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[Photo by Donna Kennedy /] The Pirates celebrate after Ridge Smith's grand slam in the first inning of the series-sweeping victory over the Trojans to send the Pirates to the championship.

Support Pirates baseball Monday morning as they head to the state championship

Members of the community are invited to support the Pirates baseball team as they travel from the baseball field at 8:30 a.m. to the state championship at Coolray Field. The athletes will pass the Ninth Grade Academy and primary schools, through the high school campus and past the elementary school on Pirate Drive. They will proceed south from there and drive past the middle school before turning back north on Highway 19 to go back past the NGA and pre-K buildings before traveling through downtown Zebulon.

Games one and two will take place at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, unfortunately after the Pike County Journal Reporter’s press deadline. Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 at noon if necessary. 

At their double header May 16, the 2019 and the 2021 AAA State Champions faced each other in Zebulon with the Pirates sweeping the series in one night. The Pike County High School Pirates were the 2019 Champions and the North Hall Trojans held that title after 2021. Pike County advanced through a tough three-game series with Greater Atlanta Christian to get to the series. North Hall advanced to the GHSA AAA Final Four with a clean sweep of Harlem. The right to play for the championship was decisive at The Jack and it was only fitting that the last two state champions were on the field for the double header.  

“The victories on Monday brought the home schedule for the Pike County Pirates to a close, and what a way to close it out,” said coach Craig Chatman. “The four playoff series that took place at The Jack displayed one of the best high school baseball environments in the country. The Pirates looked to bring that environment to Cool Ray Field in Gwinnett on Monday, May 23 when they faced the Redan Raiders.

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