Gen­er­als sweep Bru­ins in 6-AAAA show­down Ea­gles open with romp against Howard

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst By Scott Herpst

Last year, the Her­itage Gen­er­als dropped two of three games to North­west Whit­field in a high­ly­compet­i­tive se­ries that saw all three games de­cided by one run, in­clud­ing one that needed eight in­nings to de­ter­mine a win­ner.

The high­lyan­tic­i­pated se­ries re­match took place last week and the two Re­gion 6-AAAA heavy­weights slugged it out in an­other three­game set, which also in­cluded an ex­train­ning af­fair.

This time, how­ever, it was the Gen­er­als do­ing all the cel­e­brat­ing.

Her­itage rose to the top of the re­gion stand­ings and ex­tended its win­ning streak to eight games with three wins in an­other epic se­ries.

Her­itage 3, North­west 1

In the se­ries opener last Tues­day in Tun­nel Hill, the No. 4-ranked Gen­er­als would touch up North­west ace Hank Bear­den, work­ing in a re­lief ap­pear­ance, for three runs in the top of the sev­enth and ral­lied for the vic­tory.

North­west pushed home a run against Her­itage starter Cole Wil­cox in the bot­tom of the sixth to break a score­less tie as Bru­ins starter Ty Fisher bat­tled Wil­cox in the pitch­ers’ duel. Fisher would throw 5.2 in­nings in the chilly night air, giv­ing up four hits and five walks with eight strike­outs, but got no de­ci­sion.

Bear­den would get the fi­nal out in the top of the sixth, but a throw­ing er­ror on what could have been a dou­ble play opened the door for the Gen­er­als in the top of the sev­enth. An­other er­ror later in the in­ning and a Brody Campbell RBI would al­low Her­itage to rally for the lead.

Wil­cox went the dis­tance, scat­ter­ing three hits and is­su­ing two walks. He fin­ished with 12 strike­outs in the win. Bear­den suf­fered the loss.

Jonathan Hick­man and Lance Dock­ery each had dou­bles in the vic­tory, while Dock­ery and Blake Bryan had two hits apiece.

Her­itage 6, North­west 4

Dock­ery’s fifth homer of the sea­son came at

The Oak­wood Chris­tian Ea­gles opened their 2018 sea­son on Fri­day evening with a 15-1, four-in­ning vic­tory against Howard in Chat­tanooga.

OCA scored three runs in the top of the first, added seven in the top of the sec­ond and five more in the fourth.

JJ Lan­ham, Phillip Davis and John Ja­cob McS­pad­den all had two hits with one of McS­pad­den’s be­ing a triple. Lan­ham, McS­pad­den, Ja­cob Jones, Joseph Mauk and Ja­cob Well­wood had two RBIs each, while Davis drove in one run.

D.J. Terry threw two hit­less, score­less in­nings and picked up the vic­tory, strik­ing out one. Davis threw the fi­nal two in­nings, al­low­ing an earned run on two hits and a walk with two strike­outs.

OCA (1-0) was

Game 1, but gave up two runs in the top of the fourth be­fore South­east erupted for eight runs in the top of the fifth.

The Ram­blers scored three times in the sixth and two times in the sev­enth, but the rally would fall short.

Deer­ing was 3-for-4 with a dou­ble and two runs scored. An­nis­ton Mann and Jack Martin each had two hits with Mann pick­ing up an RBI. Pen­der­grass had a dou­ble and knocked in two runs. Buck was 2-for-5 with a run scored. An­der­son dou­bled, while he and Stephen­son also had one RBI each.

Davis Richard­son took the loss on the hill. He pitched 4.1 in­nings, al­low­ing five runs - three earned - on six hits and a walk with three strike­outs.

LaFayette 5, South­east 2

In Fri­day’s night­cap, the Raiders scored twice in the top of the first, but LaFayette came right back to tie the score. Buck had a lead­off dou­ble and would later score on a Stephen­son RBI-dou­ble. Stephen­son would come home on a fielder’s choice by Martin.

A one-out RBIs­in­gle by Blake Mann in the bot­tom of the fourth brought home the Ram­blers’ third run and they would tack on two in­sur­ance runs in the bot­tom of the sixth on RBIs by Guf­fey and An­der­son.

Stephen­son, who re­placed Guf­fey on the mound in the top of the fourth, ended up get­ting the win. He struck out seven and walked four in 3.2 in­nings, al­low­ing just one hit. Guf­fey threw the first 3.1 in­nings, giv­ing up two earned runs on six hits with four strike­outs.

Guf­fey was also 2-for3, while Pen­der­grass was 2-for-2.

LaFayette (3-9, 2-1) came into the week in third place in the 6-AAAA stand­ings. They will face Gilmer in a three-game se­ries this week. Game 1 was slated for Tues­day in LaFayette, while the two teams will face off in an­other twin­bill Fri­day in El­li­jay.

The Her­itage bench gets into the ac­tion, try­ing to rat­tle a North­west pitcher dur­ing the sec­ond game of their Re­gion 6-AAAA se­ries last week. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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