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Bears dominate Tigers in state opening sweep

Brodie Chestnutt struck out the first six batters he faced; including going 3-0 on the last before getting him to foul off one, look at another, a heater, and then whiff on the third, off-speed.  (See post game interviews below)

Coleman Willis was unable to duplicate that – although he did strike out two in the first inning and did strikeout the side.

Chestnutt, in Houston County’s GHSA Class AAAAAA state tournament opener against Tucker, Wednesday at Houston County, went on to strike out eight. Willis fanned 10.

That gives you a clue as to what the Tigers were up against on offense.

Gage Harrelson was 2-2 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Andrew Dunford was 2-3 with five driven in and two runs scored. That was Game 1.

Willis was 3-4 with five RBIs and one run scored in Game 2. Harrelson was 2-3 with a walk, two driven in and one scored.

The Bears put up 13 hits in five innings in Game 1. They had 12 in Game 2.

That tells you what Tucker’s defense was up against.

All told it also pretty much screams out how dominating Houston County was in a sweep of its visitor. The Bears won Game 1 13-2 and Game 2 13-0.

They wasted no time “welcoming” Tuckers’ pitchers with three runs in the first, five in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth in the first game – the only innings they had an at bat. They put up two in the first inning of the second game, six in the third and put the Tigers on the bus back home with five in the fifth.

They were nothing short of dominating against a school that came in 15-11. The Bears are now 25-6 and move on to the Sweet 16.

They will host Richmond Hill, May 5-6 according to the GHSA bracket. The Wildcats, the No. 3 seed out of Region 2, beat Evans, the No. 2 out of Region 3, 12-1, 17-1. They are 17-14.

Below are the postgame interviews:



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