Houston County kept its hope for a third state championship alive Wednesday. The Bears did so via a split of its best two-out-of-three against Pope in the GHSA Class AAAAAA Elite Eight.
Houston County fell 5-1 in the first game, but came back to win the nightcap 4-2.
Against Max Pralgo, the Bears managed just two hits in Game 1. Chandler Dawson, who faced him opposite on the mound, had one of those and a walk in two at bats. Cameron Jones had the other. Chandler Ring earned the RBI. It came in the first inning as the Bears got things started in the right way, they just couldn’t continue the momentum.
In fact, the Greyhounds took that back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three – and then adding one in the second and third.
Jones, like Pralgo, worked a complete game. He gave up seven hits, the runs, walked three and struck out three. Pralgo walked two and struck out six.
Ring helped Houston County flip that as he went seven inning in Game 2, giving up just three hits. He struck out 10 and walked three.
The Bears on the other hand touched up three Pope pitchers for nine hits. Reid Robertson took the brunt of those. He worked four and a third and gave up seven hits while walking three and striking out four.
The Greyhounds also committed five costly errors as Houston County plated two runs in the first – Pope, the visitor this go around, scored one in the top of the inning.
The Greyhounds tied it with one in the third before the Bears eventually pulled away with two in the fifth.
Logan Morris helped lead the Bears on offense. He went 3-3 with a walk, while driving in one and scoring one. Ring went 2-3 with an RBI and Dylan Tabor 1-2 with a run driven in and Jacob Profit 1-3 with an RBI.
The two will match up again today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. to decide which will meet River Ridge in the Final Four. It swept familiar region foe Valdosta 12-5, 11-10.