Round one in a pivotal series between Houston County and Lee County went to the latter.
The Trojans beat the Bears 8-3 Tuesday at the home of the Bears. The two will next play a doubleheader in Leesburg Friday – first pitch set for 5 p.m.
Houston County managed to get on board first in the contest, with two runs in the third. But the Trojans, aided by an error that opened the door – each had one boot on the evening – tied it the next inning. Chandler Dawson, who started for Houston County, had until that point not given up a hit.
Lee County then added three runs in the fifth to make it 5-2. It added three more insurance runs in the seventh off three hits and two walks. Those were all charged to Cam Jones in relief. He began the inning with a flyout but then gave up a single and a walk, single and another walk. Chandler Ring was eventually called upon to stop the bleeding. He did but not before giving up another single and another walk – but leaving the bases loaded.
Jacob Profit reached on a single and came around to score to account for the Bears’ final run in the bottom half of the inning.
The win kept Lee County undefeated in Region 1-AAAAAA. It’s now 4-0, 14-7 overall. The Bears fell to 4-3, 8-13 and also trail Valdosta – a team Houston County split games with this past Friday – which is 5-2.
Elsewhere, Perry earned a 2-1 win over Spalding in eight innings. Jackson Farrell (2-4) scored the eventual game winner. He singled with an out. A fly out later he was still standing on first, but then Jacob Hunt reached on an error and Bryce Morgan was able to single him home from there.
The Panthers’ other run came in fourth. Farrell again crossed the plate. He led off the inning with a single and in like fashion was brought in via a Morgan single. Morgan was 3-4 on the day.
Spalding’s run came in the bottom of the seventh to send it into the extra inning.
John Micah Law worked seven innings for Perry. He gave up seven hits, – the Panthers also had seven on the night – and the run while striking out eight and walking one.
The win kept Perry right in the middle of a hotly-contended Region 2-AAAA. It’s now 5-5, 11-8 overall, while Spalding and Mary Persons are 6-4 (16-8 and 11-6, respectively) and West Laurens is 5-4. Upson-Lee is also 5-5.