Veterans and Perry split a doubleheader Friday. The Warhawks (9-3) won the first contest, 6-2, while the Panthers (7-4) took the nightcap, 3-1.
It actually took a rally for Veterans to take Game 1. Perry scored a run in the first and second for a 2-0 lead. The Warhawks answered that with a pair in the third and four in the sixth. They were out-hit 6-4.
John Micah Law and Jacob Hunt each had two of Perry’s hits. The first was 2-4 with a run scored. The second was 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Seth Cream, 1-3 with a walk, accounted for the second RBI.
Matthew Nunez went 2-3 and drove in two – one a double – for the Warhawks. Tyler Mayfield, 0-4, also had an RBI, as did Derek Wylie, 1-3.
Tanner Wilson worked five and a third for the Panthers. He only gave up three hits, but was charged with the six runs – half of them earned. He also walked two and struck out five. Justin Eckman worked an inning and two-thirds and gave up a hit while walking one and striking out one.
Daniel Hawthorne, Hunter Varnadoe and Derek Wylie pretty much shared equally the time on the mound. Hawthorne went two innings, gave up three hits and the runs, while walking four and striking out four. Varnadoe worked three innings. He gave up three hits and struck out three, while Wylie pitched two innings, didn’t give up a hit while walking one and fanning five.
John Micah Law held Veterans to just three hits and a run in the nightcap. The run came in the first. He also struck out eight and walked two.
Opposite him were Cole Hooks and Jackson Williams, each of which also pitched a pretty good game to no avail. The Panthers scored one run in the second and two in the third. Those were charged to Hooks, who worked four innings and gave up three hits while walking four and striking out one.
Williams worked the final three. He gave up three hits while walking three and striking out two.
Jacob Pierce led the Warhawks with a 2-3 performance – he also walked.
Hunt again figured in big for Perry. He went 2-4 – one of those a double – and earned the only RBIs.
Elsewhere, Warner Robins’ struggles continued, as it fell at Bainbridge, 12-0 in five innings. The biggest blow came in the second. It was an inning in which the Bearcats pushed 11 runners home. Their 12th run came the inning following. The Demons fell to 0-7 with the loss.
Northside, which was coming off a 6-5 walkoff win over Peach County Wednesday, was also shut out. Valdosta did it to the Eagles, 14-0, at home.