SPORTS: Calvary baseball to play for state championship this weekend

Savannah Mile returns this weekend for first time since 2019; Club Car Championship sets new charity standard on Korn Ferry Tour.

“To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

If the Calvary Day baseball team believes in the old mantra, the Cavs have their chance to become the best over the weekend in Rome, Georgia.

Calvary (27-6 overall record) plays in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Baseball Championship Series on Friday, May 17 against reigning Class 3A state champion Harlem (32-1). The best-of-three series will be played at a minor league ballpark in Rome, Advent Health Stadium.

A doubleheader will be played Friday, beginning at 5pm. The second game starts 30 minutes after the first game concludes. The series could be decided (if necessary) on Saturday in a pivotal Game 3 scheduled for a noon first pitch.
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The Cavs are aiming for the program’s first state championship since 2007 and a third since 2005.

They entered the playoffs ranked No. 3 in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s final regular season poll for Class 3A.

Harlem, widely considered a favorite since winning it all last season, has been No. 1 for a majority of the campaign this year. Harlem will be the home team for the first game and Calvary in the Friday nightcap. A coin toss would determine the Game 3 home team.
Head coach Phillip Lee – a 2003 Calvary graduate – confirmed to Connect Savannah this week that he’ll stick with Ryan Wallace as his Game 1 starter on the mound for Friday’s series opener.

Wallace is 10-1 on the year with a 1.74 ERA and a nice ratio of 69 strikeouts to just 10 walks over 56.1 innings pitched. Vanderbilt commit Will Hampton (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 33 IP) is a closing candidate for the first game, and potentially a starting candidate for the second game. Hampton leads the club with a .450 batting average while Caden Arnold (.405) and Max Arnold (.406) make up a CDS trio each with 43+ hits to his credit.
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Harlem's Amerson Guy throws a pitch during a 2024 state playoff game
Calvary will wear white pants and black hats for both Friday games. In the first game, the Cavs will be sporting their patented purple jerseys before switching over to black tops for the second game.

The team departs from Calvary’s campus on Thursday morning at 8:30am before stopping in Macon for lunch (Carrabba’s) at 11:15am and arriving at their hotel in Rome (Holiday Inn Express & Suites) at 2:30pm. The Cavs will practice on Thursday evening at The Darlington School in Rome from 4pm-6:30pm.
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Should the series conclude on Friday night, the team is scheduled to return home on Saturday, departing the hotel in Rome at 8:30am with arrival back on campus at Calvary scheduled for approximately 2:30pm.

WHO: Calvary Day Cavaliers (27-6) vs. Harlem Bulldogs (32-1)
WHAT: GHSA Class 3A State Baseball Championship (best-of-3)
WHEN: Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18
WHERE: Advent Health Stadium; Rome, Georgia
WATCH: Stream on NFHS Network ($)

Game 1 – Friday, 5pm
Game 2 – Friday, 30 minutes after Game 1
Game 3 (if necessary) – Saturday, Noon
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200 Club’s Savannah Mile returns on Saturday after four-year hiatus
For the first time since 2019, the Savannah Mile presented by the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire is taking place in downtown Savannah. The charitable event is scheduled to begin at 8 am on Saturday, May 18 as part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week (May 12-18).

The course is straight, moving along Drayton Street, with each race beginning at the south end of Forsyth Park and the finish line at the corner of Broughton and Drayton Streets.
Road closures for the event's return are expected to impact traffic flow through the early morning on Saturday. Specific times for street closures will be announced by the City of Savannah before race day, according to a city press release.
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2024 Savannah Mile road/traffic map
“As a former law enforcement officer and as a current elected official, I have seen firsthand the great work that the 200 Club does for families of first responders,” Mayor Van R. Johnson, II said. “We are very excited to see the Savannah Mile back in downtown Savannah this year, where it belongs. Thank you to (President/CEO of the 200 Club) Mark Dana and all involved.”

The iconic event is an important fundraiser for the 200 Club, a nonprofit organization which provides support to families of fallen first responders by contributing significant financial assistance, as well as providing a fully paid college education to surviving kids of the deceased.

“We are very excited to announce the return of The Savannah Mile to the beautiful historic district. For over 15 years, this event has served such an important role in our organization – to raise vital funds for the families of fallen heroes in our community. After a hiatus from downtown in recent years, it feels great to be invited back to Savannah for this incredible event,” said Dana.

“The Savannah Mile is the perfect way to directly support the families of those who risk it all, while enjoying time with friends and family in the unique Savanah environment.”

The Savannah Mile features six heats for all ages and abilities, including family and age group divisions, followed by a “Memory Walk” for the families of fallen heroes to walk the mile in memory of, and to honor, their loved ones.

An annual highlight of the event is the “Heroes Heat,” which serves as the event finale and is open to all first responders and military. This is the heat where many of the participants will run the mile wearing their full 30-pound gear, a requirement to be eligible to win the coveted “Full Gear All Out Flag.”
An awards celebration will follow the races in Johnson Square. For more information on the race or the 200 Club, visit, call 912.721.4418, or email [email protected].

Club Car Championship sets Korn Ferry Tour record with $450K raised for charitable organizations in 2024
Tournament officials for The Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club announced the 2024 event, contested the week of April 1-7, raised more than $450,000 for charitable organizations in the greater Savannah area.
The 2024 amount equals the largest single-season charitable donation in the history of the Korn Ferry Tour event and brings the tournament’s seven-year total to more than $1.6 million.

Benefiting charities of the 2024 Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club include: Brightside Child & Family Advocacy, EmployAbility, Folds of Honor, Girls on the Run: Coastal Georgia & Lowcountry, Kids Cafe Program at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services, The Landings Military Relief Fund, Landings Landlovers and First Tee of Savannah.
“At the heart of the Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club is raising critical dollars to create a positive impact in the greater Savannah community and beyond,” said Cheyenne Overby, Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club tournament director.

“I’d like to give a special thanks on behalf of HNS Sports Group and our tournament staff to Club Car, The Landings Golf & Athletic Club, Enmarket for their support of Sweepstakes Fore Charity in select store locations, and all our sponsors, as well as our dedicated volunteers, for ensuring the success of the tournament and its ability to make the gift of these funds a reality.”

“The Club Car Championship is committed to continuing to grow the tradition of giving that this tournament has established.”

Travis Jaudon

Travis Jaudon is a reporter for Connect Savannah. He is a Savannah native and has been writing in Savannah since 2016. Reach him with feedback or story tips at 912-721-4358
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