Gen­er­als clinch 6-AAAA

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

The Her­itage Gen­er­als saw a 15-game win­ning streak come to an end at the hands of Class 1A pow­er­house Gor­don Lee early last week, but the Navy-andRed would im­me­di­ately re­bound by start­ing a new win­ning streak with a three-game re­gion sweep of Gilmer.

Gor­don Lee 2, Her­itage 0

Last Mon­day in Chicka­mauga, the Tro­jans hit two solo homers and got solid pitch­ing and de­fense to snap the Gen­er­als’ lengthy streak.

Gor­don Lee’s homers would come in the sec­ond and the sixth in­nings, while the Tro­jans used a dou­ble play to es­cape a jam in the top of the sixth.

Her­itage was held to just two sin­gles, one each by Cole Wil­cox and Josh Gib­son. The Gen­er­als had their chances to score as five of the seven run­ners it left on base were stranded in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Justin Mor­ris went all six in­nings for Her­itage, giv­ing up two earned runs on four hits with two walks and five strike­outs.

Her­itage 10, Gilmer 0

The long-an­tic­i­pated Re­gion 6-AAAA clinch­ing vic­tory came in Boyn­ton last Tues­day as the Gen­er­als run­ruled the vis­it­ing Bob­cats. It was their sec­ond re­gion ti­tle in pro­gram his­tory and the sec­ond in the past three sea­sons.

Her­itage scored in ev­ery in­ning, open­ing with four runs in the bot­tom of the first. They tacked on two runs in each of the next two in­nings be­fore scor­ing solo runs in the fourth and fifth to ce­ment the vic­tory.

Jonathan Hick­man had three hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble, and drove in two runs. Luke Grant had a dou­ble and a triple in the win. Brody Camp­bell and Gib­son both tripled and had one RBI, while Blake Bryan also drove in a run.

Wil­cox picked up the vic­tory on the mound. He dom­i­nated with 10 strike­outs and no walks, while al­low­ing just two hits.

Her­itage 3, Gilmer 1

The Bob­cats out hit Her­itage 8-7 on Thurs­day, but could only man­age one run as the Gen­er­als’ re­gion un­beaten streak stayed in­tact with a vic­tory in El­li­jay.

Hick­man ripped an RBI-dou­ble in the top of the first in­ning to stake Her­itage to the 1-0 lead and Alex Coul­ter would plate a run with a squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth.

Gilmer would get its lone run in the bot­tom of the in­ning, but a Lance Dock­ery lead­off triple to start the sev­enth would set up the fi­nal run. Grant drove in the run with a sac­ri­fice fly one bat­ter later.

Dock­ery had three hits and scored twice. Camp­bell also went 2-for-3 to help Tripp Church pick up the win on the hill.

Church went 6.1 in­nings, scat­ter­ing seven hits and strik­ing out eight. Grant worked the fi­nal two-thirds of an in­ning. He gave up one hit and struck out one to

The Chat­tanooga Mocs con­tin­ued build­ing their 2018-19 ros­ter with the start of the April sign­ing pe­riod. Coach La­mont Paris an­nounced the sign­ing of na­tional let­ters of in­tent by for­wards Kevin Easley and Keigan Kerby.

Easley is 6-foot-6, 220-pound prod­uct of Lawrence North High School in In­di­anapo­lis. He’s a four-star prospect per ESPN.com rank­ing as the No. 6 player in In­di­ana and the No. 35 small for­ward na­tion­ally. He orig­i­nally com­mit­ted to for­mer Mocs head coach Will Wade at VCU be­fore his move to LSU.

He’s the 14th LNHS stu­dent-ath­lete to earn a spot on Team In­di­ana for the pres­ti­gious In­di­ana-Ken­tucky Al­lS­tar game join­ing the likes of Eric Mon­tross (1990), Michael Con­ley (2005) and Greg Oden (2006) among oth­ers. The 1,000-point scorer av­er­aged 18 points, eight re­bounds and two blocks per game for the Wild­cats post­ing Al­lMar­ion County, All-MIC and IBCA “Supreme 15” All-State.

“Kevin is a very ac­com­plished player,” Paris noted. “He’s played in a tremen­dous league go­ing against high-level com­pe­ti­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He has the abil­ity to ef­fect the game in so many dif­fer­ent ways...from re­bound­ing to han­dling the ball some, pass­ing, scor­ing on the perime­ter and around the bas­ket and he has re­ally good feel and pas­sion for the game of bas­ket­ball. It means a lot to him.”

Kerby (6-7, 215) is a for­ward from the Brooks School in North An­dover, Mass. A na­tive of Hamp­ton Beach, N.H., the New Eng­land Recruiting Re­port ranks him No. 26 in Mas­sachusetts and No. 74 in New Eng­land.

He helped lead Brooks to a third straight NEPSAC cham­pi­onships gar­ner­ing All-NEPSAC. He earned MVP hon­ors in the 2018 ti­tle game.

“Keigan is a ver­sa­tile for­ward with good size,” Paris added. “His best at­tribute right now is his abil­ity to the ball with range, but he is mul­ti­fac­eted as a bas­ket­ball player. I think he will be able to put the ball on the floor as he de­vel­ops. He has a tremen­dous feel for the game. I think he’ll de­velop into a re­ally good passer and fa­cil­i­ta­tor at the for­ward spot. His bas­ket­ball in­stincts are high-level.”

The duo joins early signees Mau­rice Com­man­der (Chicago, Ill.) and Dono­vann Toat­ley (Up­per Marl­boro, Md.). Trans­fers Jerry John­son, Jr., (Fair­field) and Ra­mon Vila (Ari­zona get the save.

Her­itage 5, Gilmer 0

The Gen­er­als made quick work of the vis­it­ing Bob­cats on Fri­day, claim­ing the win in just over 90 min­utes.

Her­itage would get three runs in the bot­tom of the third and tacked on solo runs in both the fourth and the fifth. They al­lowed the Bob­cats just four hits and took ad­van­tage of three Gilmer er­rors.

Of the five hits that the Gen­er­als would get, four went for two bases. Bryan, Coul­ter, Grant and Wil­cox all had two-base hits, while Camp­bell added a sin­gle. Wil­cox drove in two runs with Grant and Coul­ter each fin­ish­ing with one RBI.

Hick­man got the win on the hill, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing none on a five-in­ning, twohit­ter. Grant pitched the fi­nal two in­nings, al­low­ing two hits and no walks with two strike­outs. He got a dou­ble play to end the game.

Her­itage 11, Sig­nal Moun­tain 1

The Gen­er­als were able to get in five in­nings against the Ea­gles from south­east Ten­nessee on Satur­day and made them pay off with a run-rule vic­tory.

Her­itage (20-6 over­all) de­liv­ered the de­ci­sive blow early with a five-run out­burst in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. They tacked on four more runs in the sec­ond and one run each in the third and fourth.

The vis­it­ing Ea­gles got their lone run in the top of the fourth.

Grant had a 4-for-4 day, with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI. Wil­cox home­red and drove in three runs, while Coul­ter had two hits and also knocked in three runs.

Bryan went 2-for-2 with a dou­ble and an RBI. Nolan Let­z­gus col­lected two RBIs and Mor­ris drove in one run.

Let­z­gus threw four in­nings to get the win, giv­ing up just the one run on four hits and a walk with eight strike­outs. Mor­ris pitched the fifth in­ning.

The Gen­er­als will look to com­plete an 18-0 run through Re­gion 6-AAAA with a reg­u­lar sea­son-end­ing three-game se­ries with LaFayette.

They will host the Ram­blers on Tues­day and Fri­day, while play­ing at LaFayette on Thurs­day. All three games will start at 5:30 p.m.

State) are new ad­di­tions as well on the court with John­son avail­able to be­gin the 2018-19 sea­son and Vila el­i­gi­ble at the end of fall se­mes­ter fi­nals.

“Re­ally ex­cited about where we are from a ros­ter stand­point in gen­eral,” Paris summed up when asked about the ros­ter to date. “The en­tire team re­ally ex­cites me. This group of new­com­ers...I can’t wait to get started

see­ing what these guys are ca­pa­ble of and coach­ing these guys. I think we’ve filled voids and im­proved our over­all tal­ent and depth. We’re do­ing it with the type of guys I en­joy coach­ing. All of these guys are high­level char­ac­ter with who they are as stu­dents, who they are as peo­ple and who they are as bas­ket­ball play­ers.

“Gen­uinely ex­cited and ready to get go­ing. This is prob­a­bly as ex­cited I’ve ever been to get the next sea­son started as soon af­ter the last one ended.”

Sec­ond base­man Jonathan Hick­man fires to first base. Hick­man and the Her­itage Gen­er­als won the pro­gram’s sec­ond re­gion ti­tle in three years last week. (Photo by Danielle Pickett)

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