FRIDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County baseball moves to 2-0; Albany High tennis opens season with win vs. Monroe

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

STATESBORO -- The Lee County baseball team upended Effingham County -- a program the Trojans (2-0) very well might see in the state playoffs down the road -- Friday night, 1-0, after a sloppy sixth inning that produced the only run of the game.

With the score tied, 0-0, Chase Griffin was walked, then Chase Burnfin came on as a pinch runner. Burnfin then advanced to second on a sac bunt by winning pitcher Daniel Nichols, then Burnfin stole third on a pitch in the dirt. Burnfin then came home on a wild pitch.

Pedro Cruz, Andrew Stroud, Justin Walker and Tanner Stone had Lee's only four hits. Cole Goodwin left the game after five innings of four-hit ball with the score tied, 0-0. He struck out five and Nichols allowed two hits and struck out two in relief.

Lee next plays today at 10 a.m. vs. Calvary Day, then again at noon against Statesboro.



The Pirates got big games from Brian Lovering (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) Marcus Bullard (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI and Adrian Hayes (2B, 3 RBI), as Lovering also earned the win on the mound, striking out five in four innings.

Ladonis Bryant shouldered the loss for Early, but had a huge game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a monster grand slam.

Miller is now 1-1; Early is 3-1.



ALBANY -- The Albany High boys and girls tennis team, under the direction of longtime coach Herb Miller -- who is in his 15th season -- beat Monroe on Friday to open its season.

The boys won in a rout, 5-0, while the girls snuck by, 3-2.

The Squaws picked up their three points in singles, as No. 1 player Jasmine James defeated Jessica Hunt, 8-0; Kelsey Swords (No. 2) defeated Mesha Favors, 8-3; and Mariah Craps (No. 3) beat Amber Fulton, 8-5. Monroe won its points at No. 2 doubles (default) and at No. 1 doubles, although no final stats from that match were available.

For the boys, Albany No. 1 singles star Corey Edwards defeated Monroe's Charles Fulton, 8-2; Sohum Patel (No. 2) defeated Matthew Parke, 8-3; Alex Price (No. 3) defeated Claude Issac, 8-1.

At No. 1 doubles, the Indians' duo of Dylan Duke/Charles Norvell defeated Eric Cuffy/Fabian Fulton, 8-2, and the No. 2 doubles team of Drew Tabatt/Peter Diaz defeated Jarvis Williams/Terrance Jones, 8-0.



Behind strong pitching and hitting from Justin Burke, the Indians are off to a 3-0 start after Friday's 11-3 rout of Rickards (Fla.). Burke gave up give hits, struck out six and pitched a complete game to move to 2-0 on the mound, then went 2-for-3 with an RBI from the plate. Dee Virgin finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and Jordan Harris was 2-for-3.