Let us take you back to Memorial Day, May 27, 2014.
The Houston County Bears baseball team had entered the Class AAAAA state tournament as the No. 2 seed out of Region 2. It had swept Region 4’s No. 3, Northgate, in two games (6-5, 6-3). It had knocked off Lee County, the No. 4 seed out of Region 1 – an upset winner over No. 1 seed Ware County – in two games (10-0, 4-3). The boys of summer had beaten North Paulding, Region 5, No. 3, in the Elite Eight 2-0 as well (6-1, 12-5).
They had continued by beating Gainesville, the No. 1 out of Region 8, in three games (6-2, 7-13, 7-4).
That brought Whitewater and the finals into the picture. Game 1 went to Houston County, 8-7. Game 2 went to Whitewater, 8-6.
On the aforementioned day, the Bears found themselves trailing 3-0. Hunter Phillips’ single in the bottom of the second cut it to 3-1. The Wildcats got it back in the third but Houston County’s bats came to life in the fourth. Highlighted by a Hunt Smith grand slam, the Bears took a 7-4 lead. Whitewater cut it to 7-6 before Josh Profit’s solo shot in the sixth made it 8-6. With Justin Jones – a workhorse throughout the playoffs – on the mound, Houston County made it stick to win for the title.
Now, we invite you to relive the sights and sounds as we present you with Lens and Listen.