Baron Baseball

1983 Baron Baseball finished 2nd in state and had the most wins in BHS history.
Top Teams:
  • 1983 - 26-7 (.787), 2nd in state, most wins in BHS history
  • 1971 - 18-9 (.666), 2nd in state 
  • 1980 - 24-4 (.857), best winning percentage in BHS history
  • 1979 - 24-5 (.827)
  • 1973 - 21-5 (.807)
  • 1976 - 21-5 (.807)
  • 1977 - 16-5 (.761)
  • 1978 - 16-5 (.761)
  • 1972 - 12-5 (.705)
  • 1987 - 18-9 (.666)
Standouts:
  • 1971 - Tim Martin (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 1973 - Sandy Groves (All Region, All County, 8AAA Pitcher of the Year)
  • 1974 - Mickey Langley (All Region, All County, Braves 400 Club Player of the Year, Metro Atlanta Prep Player of the Year, 8AAA Player of the Year, 8AAA Pitcher of the Year, Georgia Tech, #2 in RBIs in NCAA baseball in 1977)
  • 1974 - Doug Perdue (All County)
  • 1975 - Bill Vaughn (DeKalb College)
  • 1976 - Mike Tice (DeKalb South, drafted by Seattle Mariners)
  • 1977 - Hal Cohen (Vanderbilt University, 1980 SEC Baseball Champions. Transferred to Florida State University,)
  • 1977 - Angier Wills (Vanderbilt University)
  • 1978 - Lazaro Chicho Sanchez (All-County)
  • 1980 - Jeff Bowers (among all time County all time pitching leaders)
  • 1980 - John Levinge (among all time County all time pitching leaders)
  • 1981 - Juan Adan (County RBI leader, DeKalb College)
  • 1983 - David Cervasio (DeKalb College)
  • 1983 - Steve Dennis (County RBI and HR leader, DeKalb South, baseball coach at Columbia High School, first DeKalb County coach to win 300 games at one school and Georgia Dugout Hall of Fame.
  • 1983 - Jimmy Hitt (among all time County pitching leaders, Chipola Junior College)
  • 1983 - Degbis Ulloa (DeKalb College)
  • 1985 - Varrick Lawrence (County runs leader )
  • 1985 - Jason Rhinehardt (County triples leader)
Coaches:
  • Robert Nowell finished 98-46 in seven seasons at BHS, which retired his #13 jersey.  Before BHS he won state championships at Sequoya and Druid Hills.
  • Robert English coached eleven seasons at BHS beginning in 1970. He is a Member of the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.  After BHS he won the state championship Brookwood, then became a scout with the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.  At least 12 players he signed advanced to the major leagues including pitcher John Rocker. 
  • K. A. Leakey became coach in 1969.
  • Doug Crozier became coach in 1967.
  • Lamar Logue became coach in 1965.
  • Clyde Steen became coach in 1964.
  • Herb Schutte became coach in 1962.
  • James Ackerman became coach in 1961.
Timeline:

1960 Baron Baseball.

1961 Baron Baseball.
1962 Baron Baseball finished 5-12.
1963 Baron Baseball.
1964 Baron Baseball finished 6-9.
1965 Baron Baseball.
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1970 Baron Baseball.

1971 Baron Baseball finished 2nd in state with an 18-9 record. They finished the regular season 4th in region, upset Lakeside in the playoffs, and won the region. They defeated Walker and Forest Park in the state playoffs, won the North Georgia championship, and defeated by Jordan in the state finals. Pitcher Tim Martin (0.71 ERA) played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania, and remains among the county ERA leaders.

1972 Baron Baseball finished 12-5 and featured All-County players Mickey Langley and Doug Perdue (county batting leader, .511).

1973 Baron Baseball finished 21-5, won the region championship, (defeating state champion Sequoyah) and won the Atlanta Dugout Club Classic The team featured Mickey Langley (Braves 400 Club Player of the Year, Metro Atlanta Prep Player of the Year, Region Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year, All-County, .429 batting average, 8-2 pitching record), Sandy Grove (Region Pitcher of the Year, 9-1 pitching record) and Doug Perdue (All County, .367 batting average). Rob English was named as the Braves 400 Club Coach of the Year and DeKalb County Coach of the Year. The team advanced to the state playoffs where they were defeated in a three-game series by LaGrange, after which the Decatur DeKalb News Era quoted Coach English as saying, "We gave the (third) game away. I still think we've got the soundest team in the state."


1974 Baron Baseball finished 10-8. Mickey Langley hit .431, had a career pitching record of 26-7, and earned a baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech, where he finished #2 in RBIs in NCAA Baseball in 1977.
1975 Baron Baseball won the subregion championship and featured Bill Vaughn, who signed with DeKalb Central, and sophomore pitcher Angier Wills (6-1).
1976 Baron Baseball finished 21-5 and advanced to the region championship finals where they were defeated by Clarke Central.
1977 Baron Baseball finished 16-5 and advanced to the region championship finals where they were defeated by Sequoyah. Hal Cohen earned baseball scholarships (Vanderbilt University, then Florida State University).  Angier Wills, who the Decatur DeKalb News Sun called "the backbone of the Briarcliff pitching staff" for his 8-3 record, 1.59 earned run average, 94 strikeouts and only 14 walks, earned a baseball scholarship (Vanderbilt University). 
1978 Baron Baseball finished 16-6, featured All-County player Lazaro "Chicho" Sanchez, and was defeated in a region play-in game.
1979 Baron Baseball finished 24-5 and advanced to the state playoffs where they were defeated in a three-game series by Winder-Barrow.
1980 Baron Baseball finished 24-4 and advanced to the state playoffs where they were defeated by Ringgold. Juan Adan was the county RBI leader with 50. Pitchers Jeff Bowers (13-2) and John Levinge (10-2), are among the all-time county leaders in pitching wins in one season.
1981 Baron Baseball finished 12-8. Juan Adan (above) hit .536, and earned a baseball scholarship (DeKalb Central).
                                                                                                                                                                            



1982
Baron Baseball finished 13-9.

1983 Baron Baseball finished 26-7 (most wins in BHS history), advanced to the playoffs, defeated Darlington (1st round) and Duluth (2nd round), and advanced to the state championship finals where they were defeated by Harlem in a series that The Atlanta Journal Constitution called "controversial." Jimmy Hitt was the county pitching leader (14-2, still among county win leaders), strikout leader (121), ERA leader (1.20), and earned a baseball scholarship (Chipola Junior College). Steve Dennis was the county RBI leader (40), HR leader (13) HR, and earned a baseball scholarship (DeKalb South). Degbis Ulloa was the county triples leader (4) and earned a baseball scholarship (DeKalb South), as did David Cervasio.

1984 Baron Baseball finished 8-15.


1985 Baron Baseball finished 8-15.

1986 Baron Baseball finished 13-13.
1987 Baron Baseball, in the final BHS Baseball season, finished 18-9. Varick Lawrence was the county runs leader (38). Jason Rhinehardt was county triples leader (7).