FRIDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: SGA's Ray leads Warriors in rout of Sherwood

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- It has been that kind of season for the Sherwood Christian Academy baseball team.

And the Eagles admittedly might have reached a new low after Friday's 10-2 loss to Southwest Georgia Academy -- just ask their coach, Alan McWilliams, who was significantly heated after the conclusion.

"I did not see anything good from my side (at all)," McWilliams said. "Our fielding and hitting are just not there."

On the other side of the coin, SGA did not have that problem as it rode the arm of pitcher Carson Ray to its 10th win of the season. Ray (5-1) pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits while recording six strikeouts. Ray was also 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

"It's been a long spring break, but all together our coaching staff got us ready for this game," Ray said. "It was a good game for us (to win) because we've got two big region games next week, and I think this game kind of got us ready for those games and (hopefully) we'll be able to do good in them."

Ray was not the only Warrior who shined.

Kameron Whitaker went 4-for-5 from the plate and finished with two RBI and two runs scored, while Tyler Johnson chipped in off the bench by going a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

"We left runners on second and third in the first three innings, but after we broke the ice we started (really) hitting the ball," said SGA coach Tommy Manry, whose team improved to 10-2 on the season and also extended its win streak to three straight. "We needed somebody to go the distance (Friday) and Carson came in and did a real good job for us."

Cass Stutz, Clay Norman, and Josh Holwick managed the only three hits for SCA in the blowout loss.

SGA got things started by putting up two runs in the top of the third inning, only to watch SCA answer back with a run in the bottom of the inning after a wild pitch from Ray got behind the catcher and allowed Stutz to score from third.

SGA kept the momentum flowing in the fourth by tacking on three additional runs -- and SCA could not keep up as it watched the Warriors put up three more runs in the top of the fifth and its final two runs in the top of the seventh prior to SCA scoring a run on a sac fly by Aaron Anthony that allowed Holwick to score from third during its last at bat of the game.

Sherwood (1-9) will now look to salvage what's left of the season when it hosts Brookwood School today, while SCA will look to improve on its current win streak when it travels to take on Northside Methodist today.



Brock Pinson pitched a no-hitter Friday, facing just 12 batters and striking out nine, while also notching a double and scoring two runs as the Blazers improved to 12-4 overall and 8-1 in Region 1-A.

The win now sets up a huge showdown Tuesday in Baconton with region top dog Seminole, which has already beaten the Blazers once.

Will Sullivan added two hits and scored two runs for Baconton, while James Davis blasted a home run and finished with three RBI and two runs scored. Also shining for Baconton was Zack Jones (two hits), Tyler Purvis (two runs scored), Zack Faircloth (two runs scored) and Tony Holland (double, one run scored).



Carsen Taylor scored twice and Ansley Askew added the other goal as the Lady Trojans (8-6) upended the bigger Class AAAAA Lady Blue Devils on Friday.

Morgan Barbaro notched Lee's only assist.



Patrick Soto scored twice, while Nate Elmore and Hayden Garza found the back of the net once each as Lee improved to 3-11-1.

Both Lee County teams play again today at Lowndes.