News and notes for week ending April 16, 2016
In 14 years, Northside-Columbus has gotten close but never had claimed a region baseball title. That was until Friday.
Behind a complete-game pitching performance from Sam Kyte, the Patriots knocked off Columbus High 4-2. Kyte allowed eight hits and two unearned runs.
“It feels amazing,” first baseman Alex Royal told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “We all played hard. I just really wanted this win. That’s it.”
Northside scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Royal had a two-run single, then Seth Shadix drew a bases-loaded walk to break the tie. Then an error helped the Patriots add another run.
Royal, Drew Haywood, Gage Brown and Marcus Eberhart had Northside's four hits.
The Patriots defeated LaGrange 8-7 on Tuesday, then beat Columbus in back-to-back days. Northside scored a 5-4 victory on Thursday as Haywood went 2 for 5 with a double and a homer, then earned the victory on the mound in relief.
WASHINGTON COUNTY'S CURRY HOT: Washington County junior outfielder JaJuan Curry is a player to keep an eye on. Through 17 games, Curry is batting .531 and has scored 36 runs and posted seven doubles, three triples, two homers and stolen 12 bases.
TROUP WINS REGION TITLE: Class AAAA No. 2 Troup captured the Region 5-AAAA title, its first region baseball title since 1995. The Tigers defeated Fayette County 5-0, then Woodward Academy topped Whitewater to give Troup the title.
“Obviously it’s nice, and we’re definitely going to enjoy it,” Troup head coach Craig Garner told the LaGrange Daily News. “But always our biggest goal is to win state. So, we’re going to enjoy this this weekend and get back to work on Monday.”
Bo Halcomb earned the victory on the mound, while Winston Turner paced the Tigers' 13-hit attack, finishing with three hits.
GORDON LEE CAPTURES REGION 7-AA: It wasn't easy last week but Class AA top-ranked Gordon Lee beat Model 2-1 on Tuesday, then finished off Coosa 4-2 on Friday behind 12 strikeouts from pitcher Tucker Bradley, who allowed just two runs on two hits in the complete-game victory. Bradley also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, homer and pair of RBIs, while Noah Peterson went 2 for 4.
LEE COUNTY WINS REGION 1-AAAAAA ON OFF DAY: After Valdosta's Seth Shuman shut down Lee County in a complete-game 4-1 victory on Friday to keep the Trojans from clinching the Region 1-AAAAAA title, the Trojans won the title on Saturday when Tift County beat Colquitt County 3-2 behind Le Bassett's RBI single in the eighth inning.
The victory helped Valdosta, who has just one game left in the regular season, finish as the region runner-up.
WINNING STREAKS: Just two teams left in the state boast unbeaten records as the final week of the regular season begins Monday. In Class AAA, Franklin County is 22-0 and has three games left this week against Fannin County.
Meanwhile in Class AA, second-ranked Bowdon is 23-0 and has three games left against Heard County.
A number of teams across the state have impressive winning streaks. Brookwood, who made its season debut in the Class AAAAAA rankings this week, has won nine straight.
In Class AAAAA, Mays has won 15 straight games, while Locust Grove has won 19 straight and St. Pius X has won nine in a row in Class AAAA.
In Class A, Hebron Christian and Charlton County have each won 16 straight, Savannah Christian has won 15 and defending Class A public school state champion Schley County has won 11 in a row.