“Sweep” was the name of the game for Houston County and Veterans Friday. The Bears swept Northside in a Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader at the home of the Eagles, while the Warhawks did likewise to Warner Robins – at home.
Houston County dominated both games, but in particular Game 1. It blasted its way to 11 runs in the first, three in the third and 10 in the fourth and final inning – 24-0 the final.
Cameron Jones accounted for three of the Bears’ 14 hits. He was 3-3 with a walk. One of those was a homerun, one was a triple and one was a double, as he drove in six and scored five times.
Bryant Rowell also had a homerun while going 1-2 with three driven in and Jeremy White had a homerun. He was 1-2 with two RBIs. Logan Morris was also 2-3. Two of those were doubles – Houston County had six in all – while driving in two and scoring twice.
Chandler Dawson worked all four innings. He gave up three hits, struck out six and walked only one.
The Bears put up 17 hits in the nightcap while winning it 11-1. It did go seven innings, with Houston County scoring one in the first – which is when Northside scored its run – three in the second, three in the fourth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Dawson was 3-3 in this encounter, with two RBIs and one run scored. R.J. Preston was 4-5 with two driven in and a run scored and Chandler Ring and Dillon Toms 2-4. Ring drove in one and Toms two.
Blake King, Ring and Dylan Tabor combined to limit the Eagles to just three hits – King surrendering three and the run while working two innings. Ring worked three – struck out five and walked three – and Tabor two – three strikeouts, one walk.
The games finished up region play for Houston County. Northside still has three games next week against Coffee. Those games are pivotal for the Eagles’ season as they are 0-9 in the division, fifth out of five teams, and 3-18 overall. The Trojans are fourth at 1-8, 7-17.
The Bears are 9-3, 20-7 and just behind Lee County (8-1, 20-6).
As far as the Warhawks, they beat the Demons 7-0 in Game 1 and 6-3 in Game 2. Daniel Hawthorne and Hunter Varnadoe combined to limit Warner Robins to just three hits in Game 1. Hawthorne was charged with all three, but that can be attributed to the fact he worked six innings. He also struck out nine and walked two. Varnadoe worked the final frame, didn’t give up a hit or walk while striking out two.
Matthew Nunez helped power the offense. He was 2-4 with two driven in. Cole Hooks was 1-1 but it was a double that drove in two.
To Warner Robins’ credit, Blake Etheridge did keep Veterans off the board until the fifth. He gave up five hits and six runs. Unfortunately, all of them came during that final inning. He also struck out five and walked nine. Andrew McGee relieved him and worked the final inning, giving up two hits, a run while striking out one.
The Warhawks got out to a 4-0 lead – one in the first and three in the second – before Warner Robins made it a game with one in the third and two in the fourth.
That was as close as it could get, however – Veterans adding two more insurance runs in the fifth.
It out-hit its visitor 8-4. Ben Gibbs had two of those in three at bats, while driving in two. Derek Wylie was also 2-4 and Cole Hooks (1-4) and Jayden Chance (1-2) each earned an RBI.
Zavier McIntyre was 2-4 for the Demons. Ben Johnson (0-3) and Jared Cruse (1-3) also earned RBIs.
The twin-bill marked the end of Region 1-AAAAA competition for both. Warner Robins finished 0-12 (2-21) whereas Veterans finished at the top, concluding at 11-1 (22-7).
Also, Perry, after taking two games from Mary Persons earlier in the week, fell 7-0 Friday. The Panthers have three games against Spalding – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – to finish out their region schedule.