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Mitchell narrows choice to two colleges

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

Randolph-Clay's Destiny Mitchell, a Herald Super 6er who has been courted all year by schools from around the country, has narrowed her decision to just two schools -- St. John's and East Tennessee State.

Mitchell, a 5-11 senior who averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds a game, said Tuesday that she is planning on making a visit to St. John's in the near future, and that East Tennessee State's coach is planning on making a trip to Cuthbert next week.

"It's down to those two schools,'' Mitchell said. "East Tennessee State is coming here April 16, and I am planning on making a trip to St. John's as soon as possible, maybe in the next week or so.''

Baseball

LEE COUNTY 9, TIFT COUNTY 4: Matthew Suggs (3-1) struck out 10 and walked just one while stopping Tift County on seven hits. If that wasn't enough, Suggs also went 2-for-4, doubled and drove in four runs to lead the comeback.

Tift jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Trojans came back twice, thanks to Chase Griffin, who hit a two-run homer -- his second of the season -- and Jarvis Cruce, who went 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in a run.

Lee County knotted things at 3-3, then fell behind 4-3. But Phillip Anderson drove in a run to knot things at 4-4 before Jess Posey followed with an RBI single to give the Trojans the lead for good.

Lee County (10-5) pounded out 11 hits, which was more than enough for Suggs, who settled down after the first inning.

"Matthew gave up seven hits, but scattered them really well and walked only one batter,'' Lee County coach Rob Williams said. "He scattered the hits, and the big thing was we got 11 hits. We had been struggling with the bat a bit, so the 11 hits were good to see.''

MONROE 7, CRISP COUNTY 6: Alvin Butler came through with a two-out infield single in the bottom of the sixth to bring home Justin Mims to complete the comeback for Monroe, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

"We were on the downswing after losing games to Peach County and Perry, so this was a good win'' said Monroe coach Cecil Williams, whose team is 10-4 and now 3-4 in the Region 1-AAA race.

The Tornadoes have had problems in the first inning, giving up seven to Peach and nine to Perry in those losses. They gave up four to Crisp before coming back.

"They were hitting the ball all over the place in the first inning,'' Williams said. "Then we settled down and got a couple of runs and started coming back. We tied it (6-6) in the fifth inning.''

Mims singled, stole second and went to third on an errant throw, then raced home on Butler's infield single. Monroe was led at the plate by Demarcus Amos, who tripled, and Davontai Batten and Joron Buchannan, who each doubled. Justin Pride went the distance to get the win for Monroe.

BACONTON CHARTER, 17, ALBANY 1: Winning pitcher Brock Pinson struck out eight batters and gave up just two hits during the game that was called after four innings due to the 15-run rule. Bo Tipler tripled and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Tyler Neeld went 1-for-2 and scored four runs for Baconton (13-3).

"The best thing for us is that (the Albany game) is over with and we can look to Friday against Seminole," Baconton coach Bubber Birdsong said.

Birdsong's team hosts Seminole at 4:30 p.m. Friday with the winner taking control of the subregion race. Birdsong, meanwhile, said he was pleased with the performance of Pinson, a freshman and younger brother of former star Tyler Pinson.

"He started out rusty but got into a groove," Birdsong said. "He went out there and did a good job overall."

Soccer

WESTOVER SWEEPS DOUGHERTY: Ali Burson scored eight goals and had an assist, and Abi Estrada and Mika Reid scored goals to lead the Westover girls to a 10-0 rout past Dougherty. Westover is now 5-0 in Region 1-AAA.

Danny Brown scored four goals and had the assist on Bridger Ferrell's goal as Westover's boys beat Dougherty 5-1. Peter Morton and Michael Barron had assists for Westover (8-4, and 4-2 in Region 1-AAA).