Take away one bad inning and Houston County probably finishes the weekend with a 7-1 record. Instead, the Bears had to settle for 6-2 – obviously not too shabby, either.
The one bad inning came against Marietta – the first in a twin-bill Saturday in Emerson (Lakepoint). Houston County had a 4-0 leading heading into the sixth. Chandler Dawson had worked the first five and only given up a hit. He did allow four walks, but he also struck out seven – and obviously had kept Marietta off the scoreboard.
Blake King relieved him, however, and on this day struggled. He gave up four hits – a pair of doubles in there – a walk and four of the runs.
Dylan Tabor relieved him and gave up a walk and the backbreaker – a triple that scored the tying and go-ahead runs. The Bears finished the contest with six hits to the visitor’s five. Cameron Jones had one of those in three at bats, and an RBI. Ditto for Dillon Toms (1-2), Corbe Luna (1-2 with a walk), Logan Morris (1-3 with an RBI and walk) and Dawson (2-1 with an RBI).
Events went much better against Milton following. Houston County was the one to score late and beat it 7-3.
The Bears scored two in the second. Milton answered with one in the bottom half of the inning but Houston County went up 3-1 in the top of the third. Milton tied it with a pair in the fourth but the Bears added two each in the fifth and sixth for the win.
Jones had a perfect game at the plate going 3-3 with a walk. He also scored twice.
Jackson on the other hand only had one hit, but it spot on timing-wise as it drove in three.
Chandler Ring and Jaden Woods split the time on the mound, with the first working four innings and the second, three. Ring gave up six hits and three runs while striking out five and walking two. Woods surrendered two hits, fanned one and walked one.
Elsewhere, Northside dropped a doubleheader to Mary Persons, also Saturday. The Eagles lost the first contest 10-4 and the second 14-1 to fall to 1-4.
On Friday, Warner Robins was held to just two hits and fell to Thomas County Central 13-1 in five innings. The Demons are now 1-3.
Also Friday, Veterans beat Bainbridge 4-1 to improve to 4-2.