“It’s a big win for our program. Anytime you can get a win over a team that was in the elite eight last year in [Class] AAAAAA and is returning everybody, it’s always a good win for your program,” Trojan coach Ryan Zaideman said. “I was really proud of the effort our young men gave. Every time they step across the line, they think they can win. They just grinded it out.”
Senior starter Tanner Roach worked 4.2 innings, allowing two runs with five strikeouts, while Ty Wood came on in relief to earn the win, tossing 2.1 innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts.
“Tanner, again, this is his second straight outing where he just really is just making the hitters guess and keeping them off-balance. And Ty just has a presence. When he gets on there, he just owns it,” Zaideman said.
Wood also came through with the go-ahead RBI in the fifth to cap off a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, while Wil Garrett (3-for-3, 3B, RBI), Will Hesterlee (2-for-3) and John Gaiter (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) also had solid efforts at the plate.
In other prep baseball action from Thursday:
Haralson County 11, Temple 1 (6 innings): The Rebels (3-3) got a solid effort from senior starter Alex Hammond, who worked all six innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and nine punchouts.
“He’s had two really good outings now. Both of his starts, he went seven innings against Paulding County and then six [Thursday]. He just looks real poised and he’s throwing the ball real well for us,” HC coach Chris Wigley said. “I was really pleased with the way he threw the ball [Thursday].”
The Rebels got a multiple-hit efforts from Mitchell Taylor (2 hits, RBI) and Lane Fortune (2 hits, RBI), while Jake Carnes had a single and two RBI, Dalton Smith tripled and Micah Cramer also had a base knock.
Wigley said it’s been a solid start to the season as the Rebels contniue working toward the start of Region 4-AAA play next Friday.
“We’re 3-3 and we feel like we could easily be 4-2. We let one slip away, but we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Wigley said.
Central Middle School 5, Bowdon 0: The Lions (2-0) got a strong start from Zach Gaines, who worked five shutout innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts to earn the win, while Dalton Wyble tossed a perfect sixth, fanning three, to pick up the save.
Offensively, Dayton Bearden (3-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) and Jarred Swafford (2 2B, RBI) led the way for Central.
Carrollton Junior High 8, Temple 7: The Trojans (4-0) were led offensively by Chandler Dixon (3 hits, 2 RBI), Josh McLaughlin (2 hits, RBI) and Andy Smith (2 hits), with Smith picking up the win on the hill.
The Central High School boys’ tennis team swept Bowdon on Thursday, improving to 6-1 overall with a 2-0 record in Region 4-AAA play.
The Lions got wins in singles action from No. 1 Aaron Startup (10-6), No. 2 James Moye (10-2) and No. 3 Ben Lewis (10-6), while the doubles pairings of No. 1 Jarrett Thomas/Andrew Toney (10-0) and No. 2 Jacob Barnes/Alex Stewart (FF) both won.
Central girls 5, Bowdon 0: The Lady Lions (5-2, 2-0) also swept Thursday, recording wins from No. 1 Sydney Stone (10-3), No. 2 Emily Startup (10-1) and No. 3 Denney Meigs (10-3) in singles, while No. 1 Emily Bush/Lauren Bush (10-2) and No. 2 Mary Kate Sailors/Betty Jo Rounds (10-0) also rolled to victories.
Carrollton boys 3, Columbus 2: The Trojans (5-0, 2-0 Region 5-AAAA) earned a critical region triumph in Columbus on Thursday, with No. 1 Garrett Brown (6-2, 5-7, 10-8) and No. 2 Mark Swindle (3-6, 6-4, 10-6) rallying for wins at singles, while the No. 2 doubles pairing of Joseph Hendricks/Conner Mount sealed the deal behind a 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 victory.
Columbus girls 4, Carrollton 1: The Lady Trojans (3-2, 1-1) got their lone win from Kat Burger (6-1, 6-2) at No. 1 singles.