Veterans turned out to be the only county team to bring home a win on the baseball diamond Friday, and in fact the Warhawks got two. They swept Bainbridge at home in a doubleheader, 8-2, 13-8.
Derek Wylie helped sparked a seven-run outburst in Game 1. He led off with a double in the fourth. (Veterans was already up 1-0 after manufacturing a run in the previous inning.) By the time he came around again, Korbin Hollensteiner had collected two RBIs, Jacob Giles had earned one and Gabe Holt one – all on singles. Leyton Pinckney finished it off with a three-run blast over the left field fence.
Pinckney also earned the win, and although he had to work out of some trouble in innings five and sixth – he was lifted to begin the seventh; the runs not charged to him – he pitched a gem.
The wins snapped a three-game skid for Veterans and moved their Region 1-AAAAA record to 5-1, 12-5 overall. The Bearcats fell to 0-5, 6-7.
As far as the rest, Warner Robins got swept at Harris County in a Region 1-AAAAA doubleheader. The Demons lost the first game 14-1 in five innings – Taylor McGee’s RBI single the only real bright spot – and got shut out in the second, 6-0.
Warner Robins was out-hit in Game 1, 14-3. It also committed five errors. Game 2 was a little more respectable, with the Bulldogs’ runs coming in the later innings: 2, 3 and 1, respectively for the fourth, fifth and sixth. The hits were only 5-3 in favor of the host in that one.
The wins got Harris County above .500 in the division. It is now 4-2, 11-3 overall. The Demons, losing their seventh straight, fell to 0-5, 3-11.
At Valdosta, Houston County came up short, 8-6. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 in the bottom of the first, but the Bears answered with four to start the second. It stayed that way until the fifth when Valdosta tied it. It went out front with two in the bottom of the seventh and then managed to shut Houston County down in the seventh after allowing its final two runs.
The Bears were out-hit 9-5. One each went to Cole Simmons and Austin Langford – each one a double. RBIs went to Cam Jones (1-4), Corbet Luna (0-4) and Langford.
Houston County fell to 0-1 in 1-AAAAAA with the loss, 3-10 overall. Valdosta improved to 1-1, 7-4.
Also in 1-AAAAAA, Northside lost to Lee County 8-3. Both were tied at 2 after two, but the Trojans used a five-run third to pull away. The hits were even with seven apiece. (Errors were a different story, with the Eagles having four and the host being perfect in the field.)
Austin Mathews helped lead the Eagles offense. He only had one hit in three at bats, but drove in two with it. Noah Walker was also 2-4. Josh Card (1-4) had the only other RBI. He also worked the first five innings and took the loss. He gave up six of the hits and the runs, but he also struck out five.
Northside fell to even, 1-1, in the division – 8-6 overall – while Lee County is 1-0, 10-4.
And finally, Perry fell to West Laurens for the second time in a week, 6-2. The Raiders scored one in the first and three in the third. They added two for insurance in the seventh. The Panthers’ runs came in the sixth and seventh.
Hits were even at five. (Perry also committed four errors that hurt.) Jacob Hunt (1-3) and Ryan Thompson (1-3) drove in the only runs.
Bryce Morgan worked all seven but took the loss. He walked two and struck out three.
The Panthers fell to 2-3 in 2-AAAA with the loss, 7-8 overall. West Laurens improved to 3-2, 8-5.