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THURSDAY'S AREA PREP ROUNDUP: Lee baseball falls to Hardaway; Baconton's Nobles fans 13 vs. Worth; DWS boys tennis improves to 7-1

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

COLUMBUS -- Matthew Suggs had a solid game -- both on the mound and at the plate -- Thursday for Lee County.

That was, up until the eighth inning.

Suggs gave up just five hits in a complete-game performance against subregion foe Hardaway, striking out eight batters and walking just one -- but his lone base on balls was costly as it came to lead off the first extra frame, paving the way for a DeAndre Toney double and two sac flies to lift Hardaway past Lee, 5-4.

The loss was Lee's second of the year -- both of them coming in extra innings.

"One of these days we'll find out a way to win one of those," lamented Lee County coach Rob Williams, whose team fell to 6-2 and will turn around today and host Jones County at 6 p.m. in Leesburg.

Suggs fell to 1-2 on the season, but can find solace in the fact he also had a tremendous day the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single and double. Lee notched nine hits in the game as Jordan Duggan went 1-for-4 with a two-run double that tied the game in the seventh with two outs, and Chase Patrick was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Chase Griffin finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Lee fell behind, 3-0, heading into the top of the seventh before two walks put runners on for Lee, then Suggs singled and Duggan doubled to tie the game at 3-3. Patrick then led off the eighth with a triple, then Griffin hit a sac fly to bring Patrick in for the go-ahead run, 5-4, before Hardaway rallied in the bottom half of the inning.

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BACONTON CHARTER 7, WORTH COUNTY 6:

The Blazers' Chance Tompkins went 4-for-4, with a double, 5 RBI and his first homer of the season in Baconton's win. Tyler Neeld added two hits and also scored two runs.

Worth was led by Luke Powell, who scored a run and smacked a double, while fellow Rams Allen Fender scored two runs and notched one hit and Mario Williams recorded two hits.

Douglas Nobles was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings with a staggering 13 strikeouts. Of course, Nobles also had problems with control when he wasn't controlling Worth's batters, walking three and hitting four batters. Eli Reddell took the loss for Worth.

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WESTWOOD 7, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 6:

Mitch Good, a freshman, not only played in his first varsity game, but he pitched six innings to get his first high school victory and give Westwood (1-2) its first win of the season.

Good went six innings, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out six in his debut.

Westwood broke the game open with a four-run third inning, thanks to Taylor Bentley's two-run single. Mason Worsham had two hits for Westwood and scored twice.

"It was good to get the first win of the season under our belt,'' Westwood coach Al Timmerman said. "And as for Mitch, he exceeded all expectations for him to come in and get his first varsity win.''

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Soccer

MACON -- The Westover boys soccer team beat Peach County in a shootout on penalty kicks Thursday, 4-2, after ending regulation tied, 2-2. The Patriots improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Region 1-AAA.

"They always play us tough, but we enjoy coming up here," Westover coach Greg Brown said. "They're a class act."

Goals were scored by Bridger Ferrell and Danny Brown in regulation, then Ferrell, Brown, Sagar Patel and Peter Morton all scored penalty kicks.

Westover's next game is Saturday against Thomasville.

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WESTOVER GIRLS 5, PEACH COUNTY 4:

Down, 3-0, the Lady Patriots stormed back, getting goals from Alison Burson (3) and one each from Maggie Satterfield and Sachi Daughety to take over first place in Region 1-AAA, while improving to 5-4 overall.

Burson and Mika Reid also had assists.

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LEE GIRLS BEAT TCC, BOYS FALL:

Rachel Hatch scored two goals, Haley Cimino scored once and the Lady Trojans beat TCC, 3-0, notching their second win against the program's bitter rival this season.

"They're our biggest rival, so yeah, this one feels good," Lee County coach Dave Baltenberger said. "Defensively, it was a great game. We were tied, 0-0, at the half, then scored all of our goals in the second."

Lee County improved to 10-1-1 overall, and remained perfect in region at 4-0.

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Tennis

VALDOSTA -- The Deerfield-Windsor boys tennis team's lone loss remains against Stratford after the Knights improved to 7-1 on Thursday with a 5-0 whooping of Valwood.

No. 1 singles player Tyler Mason, No. 2 Reid Wright and No. 3 Nasser Risvi all won their matches in straight sets -- dropping a total of just nine games out of the total 36 played -- while the doubles teams of Kevin Cheshire/Matt Jones (No. 1) and Robert Newsome/Dallas Margeson (No. 2), both won in straight sets.

The DWS girls, meanwhile, also won, edging out a 3-2 victory against the Lady Valiants. No. 1 singles player Paige Hawke dropped her match, as did No. 2 Ansley Arrington, but the Lady Knights swept No. 3 singles (Lucy Kelley) and the No. 1 doubles team -- and sister act -- of Sarah Kitchen/Hope Kitchen and No. 2 doubles duo of Mary Virginia Hogan and Flannery Burt easily won to seal the match for DWS.

The Lady Knights improved to 5-3, and both teams are back in action Saturday at home against Glenwood (Ala.) Academy.

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CAIRO BOYS 3, WESTOVER 2:

Matthew Cannon won his No. 1 singles match and Clifford Appleman and Garrett Hogencamp won at No. 2 doubles for Westover, but were shut out in Nos. 2 and 3 singles and No. 1 doubles to fall to 6-4 overall.

Westover's next match is Monday at Peach County.

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Golf

Westfield's boys golf team won a three-way match against DWS, which is 4-1 for the season, and Southland. Josh Crews (82), Zach Jarzin (85), Hunter Brooks (87) and Jake Willis (90) led the Knights. Southland's Peter Lee (79), Mason Law (79), Jay Buchannan (89) and Ethan Smith (119) led the Raiders.