ALBANY -- The Lee County baseball team likely is wishing Chris Moates never left.
Moates, now a senior at Deerfield-Windsor after transferring this past offseason, hit his team-high sixth home run Saturday in a 9-1 DWS win against Citizen's Christian.
To put it in perspective just how dominant Moates has been this season compared to the rest of his team, there are several Knights who have hit home runs this year -- but no one has more than one.
"Moates is up there, that's for sure," DWS coach Rod Murray said Saturday. "But all around, I've been pleasantly surprised at how our entire team has found a way to hit the ball out of the park this season."
Rhett Cooper (4-1) picked up the win on the mound, pitching three innings, striking out two, giving up two hits and Citizen's only run. Gil Gillespie and Reese Kenny both came on and pitched two shutout innings apiece as Deerfield's record improved to 12-3 overall.
Banks Kinslow was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a triple in the win, while Moates finished 1-for-3 with his HR. Davis Moore, Cooper, Matt Moree, Quintin Heard and Michael Laslie all had one hit, with Laslie's being a double.
The Knights return to action Tuesday on the road at Calvary Christian at 4:30 p.m.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 7, ABBEVILLE (ALA.) 3:
In the first of two back-to-back games with their Alabama neighbor, the Patriots cruised Saturday, thanks to a stellar performance from pitcher Alex Weeks, who signed Friday to play next season for Andrew College in nearby Cuthbert.
Weeks tossed four innings, struck out four and gave up just one hit. Tanner Stone closed the game and struck out two.
Randolph Southern plays Abbeville again Monday, only this time on the road.
The Patriots, who won the GISA Class A state title a year ago, improved to 8-5 overall as the state playoffs loom.
First-year coach Seth Howell said Saturday when asked if his team was poised to repeat: "I think there's always a chance."
Jon Floyd went 2-for-3 with a HR in the win, followed by Michael Ledford (3-for-4).
DWS GIRLS SOCCER SHINES AT TOURNEY:
In Game 1, Mallerie Morgan and Abbie Hutchinson scored two goals apiece, as the Lady Knights dismantled St. Andrews, 11-0. In the nightcap, Deerfield senior Lacey Kincheloe, with assists from Kayla Hatcher, scored the only goals of the game to help the Lady Knights get the 2-0 victory over High Point Christian Academy from High Point, N.C.
The inaugural tournament was in honor of former Frederica Academy student Connor Landis, who died of brain cancer at age 12.
After the conclusion of the tournament, Deerfield's record improved to 7-3-1.