ALBANY -- The Westover baseball team scored 15 runs in the first inning alone and beat Albany, 21-0, in a Thursday game that was called in three innings.
The Patriots' J.T. Santos homered for the third game in a row and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. Teammate J.D. Yeatts was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI, followed by Robert Daniel (2-for-4) and Wes Buchanan (2-for-3). That gave coach Kevin Fretwell the opportunity to use all three starting pitchers, giving one inning apiece. Nick Lane started, followed by Michael Schlegel and ace Robert Daniel.
"It's a good confidence booster," said Fretwell, whose team is 2-3. "Albany is a really young and inexperienced team. But they did show a lot of heart regardless of what happened during the game."
Westover next faces Centennial at noon Saturday at Lee County High School.
DWS, SOUTHLAND TENNIS SPLIT OPENERS:
AMERICUS -- Deerfield-Windsor, long-known as a GISA powerhouse in girls tennis, may be facing a changing of the guard.
In more ways than one.
Class AAA rival Southland downed the Final Four and state-title regular Lady Knights, on Thursday, 3-2, in the season opener for both programs.
Even more interesting was the play of the DWS boys team in the match, which beat Southland, 4-1, in convincing fashion after playing second fiddle to the girls team the last few years.
"I know. It was so strange," DWS coach Meredith Gruhl said. "I can't remember the last time that happened."
In girls singles, Southland's Sara Catherine Parker defeated Paige Hawke, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 1 slot, while Lady Raiders No. 2 Kaylee Hammack downed Ansley Arrington, 6-1, 6-3 and Merritt Tondee defeated Flannery Burt, 6-4-6-4, to sweep singles for Southland.
DWS' No. 1 doubles teams of Sarah Kitchen and Hope Kitchen and No. 2 Sara Barge and Lucy Kelley defeated Southland's Sally Ooyang and Madison Whittaker and Abby Harrod and Bentley Durham, respectively. DWS dominated doubles play, winning 24 of 29 total games in the four sets played (6-1, 6-1 & 6-3, 6-0, respectively.).
DWS' boys, meanwhile, simply dominated. No. 1 Tyler Mason topped Andrew Carroll (6-4, 6-0); Beau Sinyard edged Sachin Kothari (7-5, 7-5) and the doubles teams of Matthews Jones and Kevin Cheshire at No. 1 and Nasser Rizbi and Robert Newsome at No. 2 routed Southland's Kyle Crew and Dalton Rooks (No. 1) and Vivek Kothari and Bennett Souter (No. 2).
Like the girls, the DWS boys team won a disproportionate number of games, taking 24 of 27 total played (6-2, 6-0 & 6-1, 6-0, respectively.)
Southland's only win was at No. 3 singles as Ryan Singley beat Dallas Margeson.
DWS was without its No. 2 singles player, eighth-grader Reed Wright, who was on a field trip to Washington D.C.
WESTOVER SOCCER CRUSHES CRISP:
ALBANY -- The Westover boys soccer team improved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-0 rout of Crisp County on Thursday night, led by three goals by Danny Brown -- the reigning Herald Player of the Year for boys soccer -- and two from Pete Morton. Blake Farmer also added one, as did Michael Barron and Sagar Patel. Assists were made by Morton (2), Brown (2) and Akash Patel (1).
WESTOVER GIRLS WIN, TOO: The Lady Pats shut down the Lady Cougars, 10-0, behind goals by Alison Burson, Maggie Satterfield, Sachi Daughety, Allison Palmer, and freshman Meka Reid. Assists was made by Omolara Okediji, Satterfield, and Daughety.
Both teams host Lee County today with the boys game at 5 p.m. and girls at 7 p.m.