of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.)
hammered his 69th career home run Tuesday to tie the Georgia state record, which first was set by San Diego Padres pitcher Micah Owings.
Stewart's two-run blast - his 15th this year - came in the first inning of a 7-6 Class A semifinal playoff victory over Savannah Christian. Earlier in the day Savannah Christian had eked out a 5-4 victory for force a third and deciding game in the series.
The 6-foot, 200-pound University of Tennessee recruit will get a shot at taking the record for himself when he plays in the state final against Charlton County (Folkston, Ga.). The teams will play a doubleheader on Monday and, if necessary, a single game on Tuesday.
Stewart told the Gwinnett Daily Post, "It felt great to hit that home run in a game we were winning and moving on to the state finals. That's the most important thing that we won the game."