Veterans falls to Lee County; Panthers beat Bulldogs

Northside and Houston County would take some of that.

That is: a split with Lee County.

The Eagles have played the 1-AAAAAA opponent three times and lost the trey. The Bears have gone head-to-head with them the same number and came up short in two of the three – although the last one went 10 innings.

Veterans can at least boast .500. Though not in its region, the Warhawks beat the Trojans 4-1 back on March 26. Wednesday was a different story, but if not for a four-run fourth – an inning in which Lee County scored all of its runs – it would have been a sweep.

Veterans’ share was two runs. Both of those came in the first inning. It began with a single by Ben Gibbs. Leyton Pinckney did likewise and Derek Wylie walked to load the bases. Matthew Nunez then singled home Gibbs and Jeremy Horton, who came in to pinch run for Pinckney.

Both finished with eight hits. For Nunez, that was his one four at bats. Gibbs on the other hand had two more in four trips to the plate. That was also Pinckney’s only hit, but he also coaxed a walk twice. Wylie was 0-2, also with two walks.

Three Warhawks pitchers saw time on the mound. Cole Hooks worked three and a third innings. Hunter Varnadoe worked an inning and two-thirds and Jackson Williams tossed two.

Hooks gave up six hits, the four runs while walking four. Varnadoe and Williams each gave up a hit. Varnadoe walked one and Williams struck out two.

The loss for Veterans – as it gets ready for a region doubleheader against Warner Robins Friday – left it at 20-7. Lee County, which still has two games left with Coffee and three left with Valdosta in its region, stands at 18-6.

Elsewhere, Perry enjoyed its second win over Mary Persons in 2-AAAA. The two played Monday with the Panthers scratching out a 1-0 win. John Micah Law worked seven strong innings of two-hit ball and Jacob Hunt got the only RBI – Perry only had three hits itself.

Wednesday, the Panthers won 8-2. They scored one in the first and pulled away with five in the second. The Bulldogs made it 6-1 with a run in the third, but Perry added two more for insurance in the sixth. Mary Persons’ final run came in the seventh.

The Panthers, who were at home the first time they played and on the road this time, out-hit the Bulldogs 11-4.

Jacob Hunt had three while going 3-4. He also drove in two. Clayton Davis was 2-4 and drove in three in the process while Andrew Newhouse was 2-5 with a run driven in and one scored.

Justin Eckman worked all seven innings for the win. He struck out six and walked four.

Perry improved to 6-5 in the division, 15-10 overall. Mary Persons fell to 5-6, 16-10.