Bears sweep Coffee; Eagles, Demons and Panthers swept

Houston County added a pair of wins to its record Friday, following a sweep of Region 1-AAAAAA opponent Coffee at home.

The Bears won the first game 10-0. They took the second 5-1. It was a bit more challenging, as the game was tied at 1 heading into the fifth. The Trojans opened the first with a run. Houston County got it back in the second and then scored twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth to pull away.

Jake Maddox accounted for the go-ahead run. He came in to pinch run for Dillon Toms who began the inning with a walk (he was 0-2 otherwise). Maddox moved to third on Chandler Dawson’s single (2-2) and scored on a passed ball. Josh Profit walked prior to that and scored on Cameron Jones’ double (his only hit in three at bats).

The Bears’ next two came via Chandler Ring (1-3) and Connor Martin (1-3), who both singled with an out gone in the inning. With two outs, Dawson drove in the first on a single and Profit (the leading hitter – 2-3) the second – Maddox, who had pinch run for Toms again, who in turn reached on a fielder’s choice.

Despite what the scoreboard said early, Houston County was really never in jeopardy of losing. Coffee only left two on base thanks to effort Cameron Jones on the mound. He worked all seven innings and only gave up two hits – both of those just coming in the first and being delivered at the right time. Jones also struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

Pitching was also a key in game one – as was hitting, obviously. In it, Dawson worked five innings and didn’t allow a run. He gave up four hits, walked three, but struck out nine. Dylan Tabor helped him in relief, with a perfect inning – striking out one.

The Bears jumped out front in this one with a run in the first and two in the second. It added two more in the fifth and its final five in the sixth.

R.J. Preston and Jackson Jones each contributed with two RBIs. Preston was 1-2 with a walk while Jones was 1-1. Corbet Luna was also 2-3 with a walk and three runs scored and Ring 3-4 with an RBI and run scored.

With the wins, Houston County improved to 4-0 in the division, 14-4 overall. Coffee fell to 0-3, 5-11.

Elsewhere, Northside lost a twin-bill at home to Valdosta. The Wildcats won the first 8-3 and second 10-0. The Eagles dropped to 0-4 in 1-AAAAAA, 3-12 overall, while Valdosta improved to 3-1, 13-4.

Warner Robins suffered the same fate. It was swept at Thomas County Central. The Yellow Jackets won the first 12-2 in five innings and the nightcap 14-1, also in five.

The losses dropped the Demons to 0-8 in the division, 0-13 overall. Thomas County Central improved to 3-2, 8-8.

And, share and share alike is not exactly what Perry would have preferred Friday (unless it was being like the Bears). Nevertheless, that’s what happened to it as well, as it was swept by West Laurens. The Raiders won the first game 7-2 and the nightcap 4-2.

The Panthers fell to 0-3 in 2-AAAA as a result, 8-7 overall. West Laurens on the other hand, improved to 3-0, 11-4.