“Put me in coach. I’m ready to play.”
That might have been the cry and that might have been the answer of both Houston County’s and Warner Robins’ coaches in their non-conference matchup Tuesday at Warner Robins. The Bears, in an 8-1 win, had 15 players get at least one at bat. Three more got in as a pinch runner. The Demons sent 12 to the plate and got one more in as a pinch runner.
Houston County got on board with a run in the first. After two scoreless innings, it pulled away with four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Warner Robins’ run came in the sixth.
Houston County, in winning its fourth straight – this one a non-conference contest – and improving to 7-11, also used five pitchers.
Cam Jones worked two innings and two hits. He didn’t allow a run and struck out three. Chandler Ring also worked two innings, didn’t give up a hit, walked one and struck out one. Chandler Dawson worked a perfect inning with a strikeout. Jackson Jones gave up the run – it unearned – while giving up a hit and striking out two, and Blake King worked a perfect inning with a walk.
Jared Cruse took the loss for Warner Robins, which lost its fourth straight and 12th out of its last 13. Cruse threw four innings. He gave up six hits, five runs, struck out two and walked three. Dalton Hedden also worked three innings. He gave up three hits, three runs, struck out two and walked two.
Cole Simmons went two for two with two walks to lead Houston County on offense. The Bears out-hit their host 9-3. Simmons also drove in one and scored one. Logan Morris was also 2-2 with a walk. He drove in two and scored twice.
Josh Taylor (0-1) earned the Demons’ lone RBI.