DAMASCUS -- Some things just don't happen too often.
And Dillon Driver's no-hitter for Southwest Georgia Academy in its 7-0 win against Citizens Christian on Friday is one of them.
"I have to take my hat off to Dillon Driver," said CCA coach Greg Roberts, whose team entered the contest tied with SGA for first place in Region 3-AA. "It was probably one of the best performances I've seen of anyone all year."
Driver pitched a complete game and finished with four strikeouts and two walks.
"It wasn't nerve racking until the fifth inning when I realized that I had a no-hitter going," said Driver, who improved his record to 7-1 with the win. "But I came back and settled down and had a nice end to the game."
The sixth inning was where Driver ran into some jeopardy with his no-hit bid but with nerves of steel he got out of a bases-loaded two out jam by zipping a fastball past Keagan Ellis to end the inning.
Other than that Driver was completely dominant on the mound -- and with SGA's hot bats Friday, a win for the Warriors seemed eminent.
"(Driver) threw a no-hitter against one of the best teams in the state," said SGA coach Tommy Manry, whose team lost, 12-1, in its first meeting against CCA, which are the reigning Class A champs who moved up to AA this offseason. "We (also) played flawlessly on defense and we hit the ball very timely with runners in scoring position."
Van Harrell did his part for SGA at the plate and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Garrett Vann (2-for-3) chipped in with an RBI as well. Kam Whitaker and Driver both went 1-for-3 from the plate but each managed to drive in two runs for SGA.
"I was aggressive at the plate," said Harrell, who was 2-for-3 in the first meeting against CCA. "It's a big win for us."
With the conclusion of the game, SGA (12-4, 6-1) broke a three-way tie for first, and is now in a tie with only Fullington for the No. 1 spot in 3-AA, while CCA (11-4, 5-2) remains in the third place slot. Both teams have Fullington left on its schedule but SGA will have to wait until after its showdown with Valwood on Tuesday, while CCA will next look forward to Crisp Academy -- the team it beat for the Class A crown a year ago.
DWS BASEBALL 14, SOUTHLAND 4 (5):
The Knights moved to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in Region 3-AAA after Chris Moates picked up his fifth win of the year on the mound, going four innings, striking out four and allowing just one hit.
The runs were easy to come by for DWS on Friday. Shining at the plate was: Harris Webb (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Banks Kinslow (1-fo-2,, HR -- his fourth of the year -- and 2 RBI), Moates (1-for-3, run scored), Rhett Cooper (3-for-3, 2B), Lindsey Short (1-for-2, grand slam -- second HR of year --and 4 RBI), Michael Laslie (2-for-3, 2 RS, RBI), Cooper Shoemaker (2B), Hunter Brettell (2B) and Gil Gillespie (2 RBI). Southland scattered four hits.
DWS returns to action today when it hosts Stratford at 4 p.m.
LEE COUNTY BASEBALL 14-14, TCC 6-6:
The Trojans swept a doubleheader and clinched the No. 1 seed in the sub-region thanks to wins by Cole Goodwin (Game 1) and Chase Burnfin (Game 2). Goodwin struck out four in the opener and allowed 10 hits while going the distance, while Burnfun struck out six, allowed six hits and went the distance in Game 2.
The Trojans put up seven runs in the first inning of Game 1 and never looked back, then blasted off for five runs in the first inning of Game 2 for the easy win.
Chase Patrick was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI in Game 1, while Pedro Cruz (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Daniel Nichols (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Chase Griffin (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Andrew Stroud (2-for-4), Justin Walker (3-for-5) and Goodwin (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) all shined at the plate for Lee.
In Game 2, Griffin was an impressive 5-for-5 with a triple and 2 RBI, while Nate Gay was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, a double and his first homer of the year. Nichols added a 2-for-5 day with a triple and 2 RBI.
Lee's next game is Wednesday at Lowndes at 6 p.m.
BACONTON 12, PELHAM 7:
Brock Pinson got the win, striking out four, while allowing five hits over four innings. William Sullivan got the save, allowing just one hit while striking out three over the final three innings as Baconton improved to 14-5 overall and clinched the No. 2 spot in the subregion behind No. 1 Seminole with a 9-2 mark.
Drew Lamb took the loss for Pelham, giving up nine hits, striking out four and walking four.
James Davis shined for Baconton, hitting his fourth HR of the season and notching a double, while Sullivan hit a double and scored three runs. Pinson had an RBI and run scored.
Pelham's Brandon Bostic scored two runs and Brian Warren hit a HR for the Hornets and finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Cody Godwin doubled and scored a run.