The Georgia High School Association baseball region schedule got underway last week and action across Gwinnett heated up. Mountain View and Parkview established themselves as front runners in their respective regions after both extended winning streaks to eight games.
While Mountain View (10-1, 1-0) has been more productive at the plate than Parkview (9-1, 5-0), 83 runs for the Bears compared with 57 for the Panthers, both have had outstanding pitching. The 23 runs each team has allowed not only lead their region, but are far better than the next closest team.
In Region 7, North (7-3, 2-0) has allowed 40 runs (4.0 per game) and is second to Mountain View (2.1) while Dacula (3-5, 0-1) trails Parkview in Region 8 having allowed 48 runs- but that is in eight games.
While Mountain View and Parkview appear to be the best all-around teams in their region, there are contenders to watch.
North Gwinnett, Norcross (7-3, 2-0) and Peachtree Ridge (8-4, 1-1) will be on the heels of Mountain View for the season title and this Region 7 promises to be a battle to the final out of the regular season.
In Region 8, Shiloh (7-5, 2-1), Archer (6-7, 2-2) and Grayson (5-6, 2-0) are threats if they get hot-and the Rams have put together a three game winning streak- but Parkview, having already gone 5-0 in region play, is going to be tough to catch. The Panthers have arguably the best stable of hurlers in the state and balance that with an offensive attack that is averaging 5.7 runs per game.