Houston County at least had that much following a 13-3 loss in six innings to Region 1-AAAAAA opponent Lee County Tuesday. Incentive. Motivation. That when the two meet again for a doubleheader – this time at the home of the Bears – things would be different.
The wheels pretty much fell off for Houston County (5-2, 15-6) this time, in the second. The Trojans (3-0, 14-5) led 1-0 at that point. Seven runs later … A walk, a hit batsman and an error – one of three – didn’t help, but to Lee County’s credit, it also recorded five of its 11 hits during that span.
The Bears got one back in the third and then both came up empty over the next two. (It should be noted that Houston County was unable to do anything with a pair of leadoff singles in the second.)
Houston County made it 8-3 with two in the top of the sixth, but Lee County struck for five in the bottom half to end the game. A walk, another hit batsman and the rest of those two errors contributed to that as well.
The Bears did have 10 hits – left 10 on base; the Trojans stranded eight. Six of those came from the heart of the order. Cameron Jones was 2-3 with an RBI. R.J. Preston was 2-4 and Logan Morris was 2-3.
Chandler Dawson was the pitcher of record in the second. He gave up seven hits, eight runs, while walking one and striking out one. Jackson Jones worked the rest. He gave up four hits, the five runs already mentioned, struck out one and walked five.
Elsewhere, just in time for a Region 1-AAAAA doubleheader at home against Bainbridge Friday, Warner Robins earned its first win. It was over Westside, 16-4.
The game started out even enough. The Demons (1-14) scored four in the first. The Seminoles (3-14) answered with three in the bottom half.
From there it was all Warner Robins. It scored four in the second, six in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth, out-hitting Westside 14-1.
Blake Ethridge helped himself on all accounts. He worked four and two-thirds innings, gave up the hit and the runs, while striking out eight. He was also 3-4 at the plate with a pair of runs driven in.
Andrew McGee was also 3-4 with two RBIs and two scored and Cameron Burks 1-4 with two driven in.
Finally, it was Veterans rallying to get past Jones County 9-7. The Warhawks led 1-0 after one before the host Greyhounds pushed four across in the second. Veterans went up 5-4 in the third, made it 6-4 in the top of the fifth before Jones County tied it with a pair in the bottom half of the inning.
The Warhawks then scored three in the sixth to pull away – the Greyhounds’ final run coming in the bottom of that inning.
Derek Wylie helped pace the offense. He was 3-4 – one a homerun – with four RBIs.