MONDAY'S PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Seminole moves to 4-0; Worth rebounds from loss; Westover now 3-0 after rout of Albany

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DONALSONVILLE -- Seminole County's baseball team is staking an early claim that it might just be one of the best in Southwest Georgia this year.

The Indians, from Class A, led Class AA Early County, 5-0, going into the final inning Monday before the Bobcats tacked on two final runs for the final of 5-2 -- moving Seminole County to a perfect 4-0 start. They opened the season with a win against Cairo (Class AAA).

Darton signee Sam Buczek and younger brother Josh Buczek led the way Monday as Sam moved to 2-0 on the mound after striking out 10 Bobcats batters in 6 1/3 innings of work. Josh then came in and earned the save, striking out two.

Sam, a senior, then went 1-for-2 from the plate with a double, while Josh, a junior, was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases. Justin Burke was Seminole's big bat, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.

For Early, Brandon Fulford shouldered the loss, but struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Ladonis Bryan was 2-for-4 from the plate, as was Brad Cason. Early fell to 3-2 after starting 3-0.

Seminole plays Wednesday vs. Malone, Fla., while Early plays at Cairo on Friday.



ALBANY -- Robert Daniel may just pitch the Westover baseball team into the playoffs and beyond this season -- while landing himself a Division I scholarship or minor-league contract in the process.

Daniel, just a junior, struck out 12 batters in a no-hitter Monday as the Patriots routed local rival Albany, 12-0, in five innings. Daniel, who is getting looks from nearly every major D-I program, as well as interest from at least one major-league club, also went 2-for-3 at the plate in the win.

"He's a good one," Westover coach Kevin Fretwell said. "He'll have scouts watching him all season."

Daniel is now 2-0 to start the season and has given up just one hit in two appearances. He helped Westover (3-0) get out of a jam in a 9-8, 11-inning win against Pelham to open the season last week, then Westover stayed perfect with an 11-10 win against Brooks County.

Kel Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI on Monday, while James Langston was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Craig Schlagel and Nick Lane each had two RBI and David Kemp rounded out the leading hitters by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Westover returns to action today against Colquitt County.



SYLVESTER -- After a pair of tough losses over the weekend in the Double Diamond Classic in Tifton, the Worth County Rams rebounded Monday with a 15-8 romp against Dodge County.

Worth pounded out 16 hits against Dodge, but also gave up 13 and committed three errors as Corey Odum picked up the win after going five innings and striking out five. Odum gave up three big home runs before giving way to Ryan Hickox, who closed out the last two innings with Worth well ahead. The Rams scored five in the first, two in the second and three in the third to wrap this one up early as Marlin Hall blasted a homer and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Hickox was 2-for-5, Will Peacock was 1-for-5 with two runs scored, Odom was 4-for-5 with 4 RBI, Brandon Weaver was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Austin Newton was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Eli Riddell was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Luke Powell was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Worth improved to 2-2 and next hosts Fitzgerald on Thursday.