Houston County gained no ground, but it lost none, either. That’s because of a split in results between the Bears and Wildcats Friday in Valdosta.
Houston County won the first 4-2, but lost the second in walk-off fashion, 4-3. It lasted 11 innings, with neither able to score in the first four. The Bears plated two in the fifth, but the Wildcats answered with three in the bottom of the sixth. Houston County then tied it in the seventh. The Wildcats won it on two hit batsmen, one walk and finally a clutch two-out single. The Bears had their chances – especially in the night and 10th, both of which they had a runner in scoring position via a one-out double.
They also out-hit their host 13-7. Corbet Luna, Cameron Jones, Connor Martin and Jacob Profit each had two of those. Luna and Jones were both 2-4 – Luna also walked twice while Jones had an RBI. Martin was 2-5 with a walk and run driven in and Profit was 2-4 with a walk and run scored. R.J. Preston was also 1-2 with a pair of walks.
Chandler Ring worked five and two-thirds for Houston County and Blake King four and a third. The first gave up five hits, three runs, walked three and struck out eight. The latter gave up a hit, fanned six and walked two. Dylan Tabor also worked two-thirds of an inning. He gave up a hit, a run and walked one.
The Bears also had 13 hits in Game 1. They did trail early, 1-0 after one, but went up 2-1 in the fourth. Valdosta tied it in the bottom half of the inning, but Houston County went out front for good with one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Luna was 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jones was 4-4 and Preston 2-4 with an RBI. Dillon Toms was also 2-4 with an RBI and Chandler Dawson 3-4 with a run scored.
Jones earned the win with five innings of work. He gave up five hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Dawson worked two innings. He gave up a hit, walked one and struck out two.
The results left the Bears at 5-1 in 1-AAAAAA, 15-5 overall, whereas Valdosta fell to 4-2, 16-5.
Elsewhere, Veterans also split at Harris County. The Warhawks won the first 2-1, but lost the finale 13-3.
Both of Veterans’ runs came in the sixth in Game 1. Jacob Pierce did the honors, with a homerun that drove in Spencer Sebero, who had walked with an out in the books.
Both had five hits, but Daniel Hawthorne did a better job of spreading his out – plus not giving up the long ball. He worked six innings, struck out two and walked two. Derek Wylie also worked an inning. He didn’t give up a hit and struck out two as well.
Despite the split, Veterans still held on to its lead in 1-AAAAA. It stands at 7-1 in the division, 17-5 overall. Harris County fell to 6-3, 14-9.
Finally, Northside lost a twin-bill at Lee County. The Eagles fell in the first game 13-1 and the second 14-5.