2007-03-14 / School & Sports

SGA Warriors pound Westwood and RSS

Senior Russ Williams pitches a complete game, giving SGA its first region win of the season. Senior Russ Williams pitches a complete game, giving SGA its first region win of the season. SGA got its 2007 baseball season underway Tuesday with a double header against Westwood from Camilla. The Warriors have an experienced team returning after losing just one senior, catcher Eli Bundrick, to graduation last year. The Warriors played like an experienced team in mid season form in the opener as they brought out the big sticks and pounded Westwood, 14-0, in the first game and 19-2 in the nightcap.

Senior Russ Williams (1- 0) started on the mound for SGA and threw four scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four Westwood batters. Miles Lee came in and pitched a hitless and scoreless fifth inning to complete the one hit shutout for SGA.

After a scoreless first inning, Matthew Cleveland scored SGA's first run of the season in the second inning. Cleveland singled and moved to third on a Chandler Ray single. Alan Mock drove in Cleveland with a single up the middle.

SGA put the game away in the fourth inning. The Warriors combined nine hits with four walks to put 12 more runs on the scoreboard.

Miles Lee led the Warriors' onslaught with three hits. Williams, Alex Wilson, Cleveland, and Chandler Ray had two hits each.

The Warriors kept the bats hot in the nightcap. SGA scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, four more in the third, and ended the game with 10 runs in the fourth inning. Michael Fincher led the Warrior attack with three hits while Cleveland and Drew Bridges had two hits each. Bridges (1-0) pitched the complete game for SGA, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five batters.

SGA began region play Friday as the Warriors traveled to Shellman to face Randolph Southern School in a GISA region 3AA game. The region appears to be very balanced this year, much like it was in both football and basketball, so every region game is a big game. The game turned out to be just a great high school baseball game. Both teams had good pitching and played good defensively with only one error made in the game. The Warriors were able to string some clutch hits together and make some big plays defensively and came away with a great 7-2 win.

SGA jumped out front, 1-0, in the top of the first inning. Miles Lee led off with a single to right field. Lee stole second and scored on a single by DJ Simpson. RSS answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning to tie the game up, 1-1.

With the game tied, RSS was threatening to score in the bottom of the third inning with a runner on base and two outs. The RSS batter hit a shot to the right field fence, but SGA right fielder Alan Mock got to the ball quickly, threw a perfect relay to second baseman Drew Bridges who got off another perfect throw to shortstop Miles Lee to nail the RSS batter at second base and end the scoring threat and the inning.

As often happens, a good defensive play will fire up a team, and good things will happen on offense. This is just what happened. Matthew Cleveland led off the top of the fourth inning with a double in the left center gap. Michael Fincher moved Cleveland to third with a bunt and then stole second base. Chandler Ray came through with a 2 RBI single up the middle to put SGA up, 3-1. Alex Wilson followed with a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third. Mock knocked in Ray with a sacrifice grounder to the second baseman, and Lee did the same to get Wilson in to give SGA a 5-1 lead.

RSS mounted a comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring a run on three singles to make the score, 5-2, with one inning to go.

The Warriors got a couple insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Lee led off the inning with a single and stole second and third base. DJ Simpson hit a monster home run over the left field fence, giving SGA their final margin of victory, 7-2.

Russ Williams (2-0) went the distance on the mound for SGA pitching a great game. Williams gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and four strike-outs in his complete game effort.

Lee led the Warriors at the plate with three hits, one RBI, two runs scored, and five stolen bases. Simpson had two hits, one HR, two RBI, and one run scored. Ray also had two hits with two RBI and a run scored.

The Warriors will be playing a double header at home Wednesday against Ashford, starting at 2:00. SGA will play Brookwood in Damascus Friday in a big region game with the first pitch set for 4:00. The Warriors will finish up a busy week of baseball Saturday as they compete in the Ashford Tournament. SGA's first game in the tournament will start at 9:00 EST.

Go, Warriors!

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