ALBANY -- Here's a tip to anyone walking the halls of Sherwood Christian Academy: Don't pick a fight -- don't even start an argument -- with Eagles baseball player Zane Hood.
This kid's as tough as it gets.
Hood, who was sent to the hospital March 18 after getting drilled in the face by a baseball off the bat of a Southland hitter, returned to the mound exactly a eight days later Friday against Windsor Academy and put together a masterful performance, striking out 10 batters while allowing just five hits through four innings in an 11-7 win.
The outing left SCA coach Alan McWilliams awestruck.
"His face is still swollen and it looks like it still hurts, but the toughness of that kid to get back on the mound after getting in the face like that," said McWilliams, who trailed off before adding, "I mean ... what can you say?"
Hood (1-0) actually returned in an 8-7 loss to Windsor earlier in the week, but only as a DH.
Of course, on Friday it didn't hurt that Hood's teammates posted a staggering 16 hits -- including a whopping four home runs. Clay Wyatt (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Robert Wilson (2-for-3, 3 RBI), John Schramm (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Andrew Lanier (2-for-4, 2 RBI) all blasted round trippers to help Sherwood improve to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-AA.
The Eagles get back in action Monday at Calvary Christian.
SGA 10, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0, (5):
For the second time this season, SGA coach Tommy Manry's Warriors upended the defending Class A state champs -- this time in a rout.
Dillon Driver allowed just one hit -- and threw only 80 pitches -- while striking out five batters, while Randolph Southern's Alex Weeks lasted just three innings in the loss.
The win was a welcome sign after Manry said his Warriors (4-2) "laid an egg" against Westwood two days earlier in a loss.
"We had 12 errors in that game. Twelve!" Manry exclaimed about the defeat to Westwood. "In all my years of coaching baseball, I don't think I've ever seen that. That's enough to last the rest of the season."
SGA, which committed no errors vs. Randolph, was much more proficient Friday, especially from the plate, as Taylor Tabb and Austin Boyd recorded three hits, including a double by Tabb and three RBI from Boyd. Driver finished 2-for-2, including a double and two RBI, while Parker Adams and Weston Lee were also 2-for-2.
DEERFIELD 10, CALVARY 0 (5):
Fresh off its first loss of the season this week, the Deerfield-Windsor baseball team rebounded in a big way Friday with a rout of Calvary in five innings.
"They did (bounce back) well," said DWS coach Rod Murray, whose team improved to 7-1 overall with the win. "More often than not, you learn a lot about your team in those losses, rather than the wins.."
Banks Kinslow improved to 4-0 on the mound for the Knights this season, throwing a complete game, while striking out seven and allowing just two hits. Kinslow also went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Michael Matthews went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Deerfield's next game is Monday at home in a big Region 3-AAA showdown against Westfield at 6 p.m.
BACONTON 20, MILLER COUNTY 2 (4):
The Blazers' Douglas Nobles pitched four innings, striking out seven and allowing just one hit -- although, that hit was a two-run homer by the Pirates' Brian Lovering.
Beyond that, Baconton rolled as Nobles finished 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, while Chance Tompkins also homered and posted four RBI and James Davis scored three runs and Josh Davis recorded four RBI on two hits. Brock Pinson added three hits and scored three runs.
Baconton improved to 9-3 overall and plays next against Randolph-Clay on Tuesday.
LEE COUNTY 7, UPSON-LEE 1:
Jess Posey pitched his first game of the season Friday, resulting in a complete-game win that featured just two hits, five strikeouts and no walks.
Posey (1-0) actually had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning before giving up two hits in the final frame.
"Outstanding pitching, good defense and some timely hitting is a good combination to have," Lee County coach Rob Williams said. "You put those things together, good things happen."
Phillip Anderson was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Lee, followed by Matthew Suggs (triple, 3 RBI) and Chase Patrick (double, 2 RBI).
The win was Lee's second in a row after it had lost three straight prior to that, improving the Trojans' record to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in region play.
Lee gets back in action Tuesday when it hosts Bainbridge. The game time of that contest was changed this week, said Williams, from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WESTOVER 8, PERRY 7, (8):
If Westover coach Kevin Fretwell is to take any consolation in his team committing eight errors, it's that the Patriots still beat Perry in eight innings.
The Patriots' winning pitcher was Robert Daniel, who pitched the final three innings in relief. In the eighth, Wes Buchanan hit one down the third-base line, and teammate Jacob Campbell scored, sliding under the catcher's tag to win it. Campbell was 2-for-3, J.D. Yeatts was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Michael Schlegel was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI for the Patriots (7-7 overall, 5-0 GHSA Region 1-AAA).