HoCo shuts out Perry; Warhawks rally for win

Houston County and Perry have squared off twice now in baseball. Both went to the Bears. The first time – Feb. 9 – it was a 5-1 win. Wednesday it was an 8-0 shutout at home.

Two pitchers, Cameron Jones and Chandler Ring teamed up to limit the Panthers to just two hits. Jones threw five innings and gave up both hits while striking out six and walking four. Ring also fanned six while walking three.

Andrew Newhouse had one hit in two at bats – and a walk – and Clayton Davis the other – 1-2 and also with a walk.

R.J. Preston had three hits in four at bats for the Bears. He also drove in three and scored once. Logan Morris had two RBIs in a 1-3 performance and Jackson Jones an RBI while going 1-4.

Houston County – now 7-2 while Perry fell to 5-3 – scored three in the first and three in the fourth. Its final two came in the sixth.

Elsewhere, Veterans rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth to edge out Tift County 2-1.

Jayden Chance (0-2) led off the inning with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Spencer Sebero (0-1) and then replaced by pinch runner Clifford Pless. Following a fly out, Tyler Mayfield (1-3) hit a ground ball to third that went for an error and enabled Pless to score. Mayfield stole second before Leyton Pinckney’s double to center – he was 1-3 with a walk – brought him home.

The Warhawks – now 6-2 – used a trio of pitchers in the contest. Combined, they allowed six hits. Cole Hooks gave up four while starting and working four and a third. He also struck out and walked two. Jackson Williams worked an inning and two-thirds. He gave up the other two hit while walking one and Derek Wylie worked the final inning. He struck out three and didn’t walk a hitter.