Lee County rallied. Veterans did, likewise. In the case of the latter, however, it came up a run short in a 9-8 loss at home to the Trojans.
The Warhawks started out by scoring four runs in the first. That held until the fourth when Lee County pushed across three. The visitor then took the lead in the sixth with three more and added another trey in the seventh. That made it 9-4.
Veterans began its response when Jayden Chance walked to start the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Jacob Giles then singled and Gabe Holt walked to load the bases.
Leyton Pinckney’s double brought in two and Korbin Hollensteiner’s fielder’s choice got Pinckney in and made it 9-8. That was to be the extent of the damage, however, as the next two hitters went down on a strikeout and groundout, respectively.
The hits were close but in favor of the visitor, 12-8. Pinckney accounted for four of the Warhawks’ RBIs, going 2-4 and also scoring twice.
Lee County used four pitchers in the game while Veterans used three. Derek Wylie pitched five innings. He gave up six hits, four runs, walked one and struck out six. Pinckney pitched and inning. He also gave up six hits and five runs while striking out one. Daniel Hawthorne also worked an inning. He didn’t give up a hit, struck out one and walked one.
Veterans fell to 10-3 while Lee County improved to 9-3.
Elsewhere, Northside opened up its Region 1-AAAAAA slate with an 8-7 win at home over Valdosta.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the contest, but the Eagles answered with three in the bottom of the inning. They went up 7-2 with four in the second.
Valdosta tied it with one in the third and four in the fourth but Northside won it with a run in the seventh.
It improved to 7-5 overall while the Wildcats fell to 6-4.
At Perry, Upson-Lee, having fallen to the Panthers twice prior, finally broke through. The Knights won 6-3.
A four-run fifth proved to be the big difference, although, with one in the previous inning, it put them up 5-0 at the time.
Perry scored two in the bottom of the sixth to get within striking distance while Upson-Lee added its final run in the seventh. The Panthers countered that with a run of their own but could get no closer. Three errors didn’t help Perry’s cause – although the visitor had two – but they did out-hit the Knights 8-5.
The Panthers settled in at 7-6 with the loss while Upson-Lee is at 3-7.