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Demons, Bears open region play with wins

Last year Warner Robins managed just one Region 1-AAAAA win in 12 games. This year they’ve already matched that in just their first game against division opponents – with eight left to play.

The victory came at home Tuesday against Ware County. The Demons beat the Gators 7-2. Ware County scored two in the first inning. Warner Robins answered with three in the second to go out front for good. It then added an insurance run in the fourth and put it out of reach with three in the sixth.

It out-hit the visitor, which also committed five errors – the Demons had only one – 7-5. Cam Thrift had two of those hits – one a double – in four at bats. He drove home two. Kendrick Jernigan was also 1-3 – he also had a double – with two RBIs and one scored and designated hitter Brennan Long was 2-3 with a run scored. Chaz was only 1-4, but the one was a triple. He drove in one and scored twice.

Thrift also earned the win. He tossed four innings, gave up three hits, two runs, walked five and struck out two. Jernigan threw the final three. He gave up two hits, didn’t walk a hitter and fanned five.

The Demons improved to 7-2 overall with the win while Ware County slipped to 10-5, 3-1 in 1-AAAAA. The two will meet again Friday at Ware County.

Elsewhere, Houston County also got its Region 1-AAAAAA slate going with a trip to Valdosta. It beat the Wildcats 14-6. Both stand at 14-4 overall. Valdosta is 3-1 in the division. The two will play again Friday in a doubleheader at Houston County.

As far as the game, Drew Burress helped lead the way on offense – understatement. He was 4-5 with eight RBIs and four runs scored. Gage Harrelson was also 4-5 with four runs scored. Houston County pounded out 17 hits in all.

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