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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.

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MILLER COUNTY 10, EARLY 9:

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.

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AHS BOYS, GIRLS TENNIS TEAM BEAT MONROE:

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.

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SEMINOLE BASEBALL MOVES TO 3-0:

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.