Monroe baseball now 4-0

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The Monroe High School baseball team improved to 4-0 after a 11-3 win against Kendrick on Monday.

Winning pitcher Justin Pride struck out seven batters and Alvin Butler went 2-for-2, including two doubles, as well as two steals and two RBI.

"Alvin is just coming off basketball and this was the second game he played," Monroe coach Cecil Williams said. "He's a pretty good hitter and it won't take him long to get back into the swing of things."

Teammate Justin Mims went 2-for-3 with three steals and an RBI, and Jontavious Strum went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a triple.

SGA 5, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 2: Southwest Georgia Academy's Austin Boyd had two hits and Nick Lawrence had a two-run homer as part of the Warriors' win that improves them to 2-0.

It was the fourth inning, however, when Weston Lee hit a two-run double, when SGA pulled away from a 1-1 tie.

"I thought we would be able to hit the ball pretty good and then we got three straight hits there in the fourth," Warriors coach Tom Manry said. "The team really responded well to the pressure for it to be this early in the season."

The winning pitcher was Carson Ray.

SEMINOLE COUNTY 7, WESTOVER 3: Chris Brown doubled in two runs to give Seminole a 2-1 lead in the second and hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh to help Seminole win its fourth in a row. The Indians (4-1) fell to Marianna (Fla.) in their opener and haven't lost a game in Georgia.

Sam Buczek (2-0) pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out two to get the win, and Quan Johnson took over to get a three-inning save, allowing just one run on one hit while fanning five.

Sam Buzek doubled in a pair of runs and Josh Buczek had two hits and drove in a run. J.T. Santos had two hits and drove in a run for Westover, and Wes Buchannon drove in a run for the Patriots. Mike Slagel pitched five innings and took the loss.

"We had excellent pitching and timely hitting,'' said Seminole coach Truette Johnson. "We played good defense, and Chris Brown had a really good game.''


LEE COUNTY 1, TCC 1, LEE WINS ON PK: Lee County goalie Ashley Law made the game-winning save that secured a 4-3 win via penalty kicks against Thomas County Central which is the defending area tournament champion.

"She guessed the right way," said Lee coach Dave Baltenberger, whose team is 4-1-1. "She just went with it and made the play."

Law also made a save to secure a tiebreaker win in last season's region tourney.

The game was tied, 1-1, after regulation with Lee's goal scored by Rachel Hatch via a Lindsey Crawford assist.

Haley Cimino, Carsen Taylor, Nicole Polk and Sarah Sheffield scored the goals during the penalty-kick session.

"To win against them this early in the season is very important," Baltenberger said.