Bears, Warhawks sweep; Derek Wylie throws perfect game

Houston County and Veterans each made it 3-0 over county opponents Friday. The Bears beat the Eagles 9-0, 7-1 at home – the other win coming Tuesday – while the Warhawks – a win back on Feb. 28 – took care of business with a 15-0 win in five innings, followed by a 9-2 victory.

That was at Warner Robins and included a perfect game thrown by Derek Wylie.

Houston County, with its sixth-straight win, is now 10-4 in Region 1-AAAAAA, 14-14 overall. Northside fell to 1-10, 10-17 and looks to be headed to a showdown with Coffee for fourth place. The Trojans are 1-8. They host Northside Tuesday – with 5:30 p.m. being the time set for the first pitch – while the Eagles bring them in for a doubleheader Friday – with 4 and 6 p.m. starts.

Veterans improved to 9-3 in 1-AAAAA, 21-7 overall, and thanks to Harris County’s sweep over Thomas County Central, also Friday, locked in the region title.

The Bears out-hit the Eagles 9-5 in Game 1. The first two innings were scoreless – both stranded a handful of runners, however. Houston County got out front with two in the third and then pulled away with four in the fourth. Its final three came in the sixth.

Cameron Jones went perfect at the plate – 4-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Pruitt also went 2-3 with a walk and three runs scored. Javier Rodriguez went 2-3 to lead Northside, which stranded five. Houston County left seven on.

Chandler Dawson earned the win. He threw all seven innings, striking out three and walking one. Ross McDaniel took the loss. He pitched three and a third innings, gave up six hits, six runs – only three earned (the Eagles committed four errors) – while striking out one and walking two.

The Bears pulled away in the nightcap with a five-run fifth – the game scoreless until then. They added single runs in the fifth and sixth while Northside avoided the shutout with a run in the sixth. It was, however, out-hit 11-3 this time.

Jones again shone. He was 2-3 with two runs driven in and two score. Austin Hittinger also went 3-4 with an RBI. One of his was a double and another a triple.

The Bears used three pitchers this time – Jones, Cole Simmons and Hittinger. Simmons was the pitcher of record when the runs scored. He threw three innings while giving up two hits and a run. Austin Matthew took the loss. He worked three and two-thirds, gave up seven hits, five runs and walked two.

For Veterans in Wylie’s gem, he struck out 10. The Warhawks scored four in the first, six in the second and three in the third. They added their final two in the fifth while pounding out eight hits.

Gabe Holt helped lead the offense. He was 2-4 with two walks. Those hits included a homerun, three RBIs and four runs scored. Wylie also hit a homerun while going 2-4 with three driven in and one scored.

The Warhawks weren’t able to put the seal on the second game until the sixth. In fact, the Demons led 2-0 after three, but Veterans tied it in the top of the fourth. It then added six in the sixth and one in the seventh. It out-hit Warner Robins 11-6.

Jacob Pierce went 4-4 to lead the effort with three RBIs and a run scored to lead the effort.

Xavier McIntyre went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored for Warner Robins.

Ben Gibbs worked all seven innings to earn the win. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Three were on the mound for the Demons, but it was Carson Meilinger who gave up eight of the runs – only three earned. He also struck out three and walked three.