ALBANY -- Westover Patriots pitcher Michael Schlegel knew his team needed a solid outing from him in order to keep pace in the region tournament picture -- and that's what he gave as he helped Westover cruise pass Monroe, 7-4, at Paul Eames Park on Monday.
"Lately, we have been struggling and we have lost three region games," said Schlegel who pitched six innings and recorded strikeouts. "This was definitely a big region game for us."
The win pushes Westover's record to 12-10 overall and 8-3 in the region, which puts them currently tied with Cairo for second.
Schlegel had success hitting the ball as well, finishing with a double and two RBI.
"It's real packed in this region and we can be anywhere between a No. 1 and a No. 4 seed at this point," said Patriots coach Kevin Fretwell, whose team is set to play face Cairo on Friday in a game that will most certainly clear up that picture.
Westover lead-off hitter Jacob Campbell also had a solid game, going 2-for-3 with two RBI on the day. J.D. Yeatts was stellar as well, finishing 3-for-4 with a double.
"Our bats still aren't what they need to be," said Fretwell, whose team only managed eight hits. "But it's a win"
On Monroe's side, Alvin Butler and Johntavious Strum both were 3-for-4 with an RBI.
"We started out a little sluggish. It seems like every time we play Westover (we) kinda just tighten up," Monroe coach Cecil Williams said. "They talked like they were ready but when they step on they field they tighten up."
The loss drops Monroe's record, which started out 5-0 this season, to 13-7 overall and 3-7 in the region.
"It will be hard," Williams said about his team's chances to make the region tournament. "We would have to win out and some of the teams in the four spot will have to lose the rest of their games."
Westover struck first in this game, when J.T. Santos connected on a double that drove in a run. He would eventually reach home on an error by Monroe and give the Patriots a 2-0 lead. After managing nothing on his at-bat, Schlegel hit a two-out double that drove in two runs that made the score 4-0 -- and the Patriots never looked back.
Monroe looks to right the ship in its next game against Dougherty on Tuesday.
SHERWOOD DOUBLES DUO FALLS SHORT:
Jessi Blackwell and Casie Wright were hoping to make history this week for the Lady Eagles' tennis team.
Instead, they'll have to settle for a few memories and case of the "what ifs."
Wright and Blackwell brought the first region title to SCA this past week in at least 10 years, but could only make it out of the first round Monday at the GISA Class AA Individual State Tournament in Macon before losing in the second round to Bulloch Academy, 6-0, 6-3.
"We played well the first match," said Wright of the duo's opening 6-1, 6-3 win against Brentwood. "But I think we were just tired in the second match. We could've played a lot better."
Wright and Blackwell, the team's Nos. 1 and 2 singles players, respectively, had never played doubles this season together before winning region. But the good news is they'll get another shot. Both are only juniors.
"There's always next year," Wright said.
SEASON ENDS FOR LEE COUNTY, BAINBRIDGE BOYS GOLF TEAMS AT REGION TOURNEY:
The Lee County and Bainbridge boys golf teams saw their seasons come to an end Monday in the Region 1-AAAA Tournament at Bainbridge Country Club.
Jones County (307) won the meet, followed by TCC (327) in second. Lee County finished third overall with a score of 349, followed by the Bearcats, who posted a 352.
"Our score was in the low range of what we shot (on average) this season, but it wasn't the lowest," Lee County coach Brad Cowart said. "We finished about where I expected."
By not finishing in the Top 2, Lee and Bainbridge will miss the state tournament.
Leading Lee was Tyler Dorminey (78), followed by Heath Tharp (79), Colby Duke (93) and Brady Yawn (99).
The Bearcats were led by Tanner Walker (84), Adam Anderson (88), Jim Griffin (88) and Shaun Gaskins (99).
Cowart said his goal for his team this year was simple: get better every week. And he's satisfied with how far the Trojans went.
"It wasn't a surprise who won -- Jones and TCC have been the best teams all year," he said. "For the most part, we improved as the year went on, had our ups and down. But getting better was the goal and I think we did that."
TERRELL ACADEMY BASEBALL 8, SOUTHLAND 2:
The Eagles got a complete-game performance from Hogan Skandamis (2-0), who struck out nine batters. Southland's Wes Downs took the loss.
Cole Phillips was 2-for-4 for Terrell Academy, followed by Bryan Ambrose, who finished 2-for-2 with 3 RBI and a triple.
Although, even in a losing effort the highlight of the game belonged to Southland's Brandon Ray, who blasted a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Raiders ahead, 2-0.
"He absolutely crushed it," TAE coach Ashley Walker said of Ray's shot. "That was the farthest home run I've seen hit at our field."
TAE (11-6 overall, 4-1) returns to the field Friday for a huge region game against Fullington.