Extremely productive. That might best describe the success Houston County had over the weekend in baseball. The Bears faced four teams and beat three at the Baseball at the Beach tournament in Brunswick.
Houston County opened Friday with a 5-4 win over Dunwoody. It did take 13 innings, with Connor Martin’s walk-off sacrifice fly providing the game-winner. Logan Morris began the inning with a single before Bryant Rowell and Dylan Tabor walked to load things up.
Both scored a pair to start the game. Dunwoody went out front with one in the second but the Bears tied it in the fifth. Dunwoody then kept things going with two in the seventh.
Houston County won the hit battle, 10-7. R.J. Preston had two of those. He also walked once and had a pair of RBIs. Morris also had two in six at bats, while Jacob Profit only had one, but he walked three times.
Four pitchers saw time on the mound. Cameron Jones and Dylan Tabor saw most of the innings. Jones went six and two-third while Tabor worked five. The first gave up four hits and three runs, while striking out eight and walking one, while the latter gave up just one hit, struck out six and walked three.
The loss followed, 2-1 to Pike County. Two Pike County pitchers limited the Bears to just one hit. That came via Preston, who was 1-2. Preston also earned the lone RBI with his sacrifice fly in the first that scored Jones, who reached on an error and got to second and third via passed balls.
Blake King and Jaden Woods did limit Pike County to just three hits. One did most of the damage, a double by Coleman Crow in the third that brought in two.
Saturday was a considerably easier day of it. The Bears beat Jenkins 12-1 in five innings and then knocked off Fitzgerald 11-2.
Veterans also had a productive weekend. It took two-of-three in a tournament at Whitewater. The Warhawks beat the host 3-0 on Friday. They beat Spalding 8-6 in 10 innings to get Saturday off to a good start, but then came up short to Northgate, 6-2.
Whitewater actually out-hit Veterans 6-4, but couldn’t keep the Warhawks from pushing one across in the first and two in the sixth. Leyton Pinckney (0-3), Derek Wylie (1-3) and Jayden Chance (0-1 with a walk) collected RBIs in the effort, while Cole Hooks earned the win. He worked five innings, gave up five hits and struck out three.
Jacob Pierce and Tyler Mayfield accounted for six of Veterans’ hits – each with three, with Mayfield getting two RBIs. Ben Gibbs also earned a pair of RBIs while going 1-5.
Northgate only out-hit the Warhawks by one, 5-4, but it made the most of them with three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. Veterans managed one in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Productivity-wise, it was hard to beat Perry’s weekend. The Panthers won three. They edged out Northside 12-11 in 12 innings Friday, then swept Peach County in a doubleheader Saturday. The Panthers beat the Trojans 9-6 to start and 9-4 to finish.
In their barn-burning against the Eagles, most of the runs came in the last inning. The two were tied at six at the end of regulation. Both then went scoreless for four innings before Perry put a six-spot on the board in the top of the 12th. That was answered by five for Northside in the bottom of the inning.