AMERICUS --Southland Academy got a little revenge for last Thursday's 9-8 loss to Sherwood Christian Academy on Monday by jumping out to a 9-3 lead and then hanging on to beat the Eagles, 10-8.
Landon Hobgood homered in Southland's four-run first inning and the Raiders (3-3) never trailed. John Schramm led the Sherwood comeback effort, going 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI, and Andrew Lanier drove in two runs for the Eagles. Adam Snyder went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Sherwood (2-2) opens Region 3-AA play today in Macon against Windsor Academy. Southland, meanwhile, plays Calvary Christian Thursday.
MONROE 16, DOOLY COUNTY 1: In this game that ended in three innings, Monroe dominated early thanks to plenty of Dooly County walks and occasional errors.
"They just didn't throw a lot of strikes, they just walked, walked and walked," said Tornadoes coach Cecil Williams, whose team improved to 7-1. "We were trying to work on some things, but we did not get a lot of opportunities to do that. Hopefully we'll do well (today) against Perry."
Winning pitcher Davontai Batten had two hits, including a triple. He drove in the run that ended the game and actually advanced home on the play due to a throwing error, but his run did not count since the 15-run rule had already been applied with the previous run.
Alvin Butler and Johntavius Strum doubled, and triples were hit by Bradley Dawson and Dontravious Lane.
DWS girls 4, Calvary Christian 1: The Lady Knights improved to 7-3-1 with the victory. Paige Hawke won her singles match in consecutive sets while Deerfield swept the doubles matches. Sarah and Hope Kitchen won in consecutive sets, as did Sara Barge and Mary Virginia Hogan. In the other doubles match, Lucy Kelly and Flannery Burt won their pro-eight match, 8-3.
DWS BOYS 4, calvary cHRISTian 2: Calvary Christian may have had the better top-flight singles players, but the Knights had the depth. After losing singles matches in consecutive sets at seed Nos. 1 and 2, Deerfield rallied. Beau Sinyard and Dallas Margeson tied the team score with consecutive-set victories, and shutout doubles wins were posted by Kevin Cheshire and Robert Newsome and the duo of Matthew Jones and Nasser Rizvi. The Deerfield boys improved to, 9-1-2 with the win.
"We knew (Calvary Christian) had two good singles players, but we felt like we could out-strength them with our doubles teams and we did," Deerfield coach Meredith Gruhl said. "As for the girls, they are just chiseling away, getting better with every match."
DWS STRUGGLES: Deerfield's golf team finished fifth out of six teams at the First Presbyterian Day Invitational with a 369. Mount de Sales, meanwhile, finished first with a 328.
Josh Crews and Hunter Brooks tied for the Knights' best score with totals of 89, followed by John Cole (95) and Zach Jarzen (96).
"We didn't shoot very well, but it's early in the year, thank goodness," Deerfield golf coach Gordy Gruhl laughed.
TRACK & FIELD
KNIGHTS WIN GATOR RELAYS: Deerfield's boys, who won the GISA Class AAA title last spring, won Saturday's Gator Relays at Bulloch Academy.
Tony Zenon won the 100, 200 and long jump for coach Craig Rhodes' team. Meanwhile, Justin Webb finished first in the 300 hurdles and was part of the 400-meter relay with Davis Moore, Kh'ron McClain and Zenon.
For the Lady Knights, who finished fifth, Kelly Conway won the 400 and Reed Hancock won the pole vault.
MONROE SHINES AT TCC: The Monroe girls track team won the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday while the boys finished second.
Sir Paul Jones was the high-point winner for the boys and Mimieux Land earned the girls honor.
During the girls win, Lakeisha Jackson won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Land was first in the triple jump and high jump. The 4x100 was won by Land, Jackson, Maikea Davis and Monieka Clemons. Two other relays were won, including the 4x200 (Clemons, Davone Anduze, Alexandria Alexander, Shenique Young) and 4x400 (Land, Davis, Jade Perry, Destinee Collins).
For the boys, Jones won the high jump, and 110 and 300 hurdle events, and Johnny Moore was first in the discus. Meanwhile, the 4x400 was won by Jones, Benjamin Dunnaway, Donquavious Hill and Edward Winslow.