THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Baconton, SGA, Worth baseball all win; Sherwood girls soccer moves to 2-0; DWS tennis teams open season with wins

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BACONTON - Brock Pinson was dominant on the mound and at the plate Thursday for the Blazers, who moved to 3-1 with a rout of region foe Calhoun County, 15-0, in four innings.

Pinson pitched all four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 11. Calhoun's Willie Brown took the loss, allowing five hits.

Pinson also smacked two doubles, while James Davis and Will Sullivan each hit a home run and scored twice. Tony Holland also scored twice for Baconton, which next hosts Americus-Sumter at home on Monday.



ALBANY -- The Sherwood girls soccer team stayed perfect Thursday with a 1-0 shutout of Brookwood.

Mary Margaret Charles scored the only goal on an assist from Lady Eagles striker Paige Barker, while Hannah Thompson posted the shutout for Sherwood (2-0).



ALBANY -- Taking advantage of a short-handed Sherwood tennis teams, the Deerfield boys and girls took it to its cross-town rivals Thursday in the season openers for both programs, winning each of the matches, 2-0.

DWS No. 1 singles player Ansley Arrington defeated Jessica Blackwell, 6-0, 6-0, and the No. 1 doubles team of Hope Kitchen/Lucky Kelly defeated Carson Gregors/Morgan Miller, 6-0, 6-0.

For the boys, Reid Wright defeated Kazim Rizbi, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Robert Newsome/Nasser Rizbi defeated Andrew Bode/Robert Morton, 6-0, 6-0.

Sherwood doesn't have enough players to field a full team so it was forced to forfeit the other spots (Nos. 2 and 3 singles and No. 2 doubles).

Kazim Rizbi plays for Sherwood, while his brother, Nasser plays for Deerfield, making for an interesting dynamic Thursday.

"Watching those matches was tough on their mother, I think," DWS coach Meredith Gruhl said with a laugh.



SYLVESTER - After losing a pair of games over the weekend to drop below .500, the Rams have now won two in a row after Thursday's 7-6 squeaker against Fitzgerald.

Worth never trailed in this one, scoring two runs in the second, one in the third, a three-spot in the fifth and then an insurance run in the sixth to improve to 3-2.

The winning pitcher was Will Peacock, who went six innings, struck out seven and allowed eight hits. Peacock also scored a run, but went 0-for-3 from the plate.

That didn't matter because Corey Odum (1-for-2, HR, RBI, run scored) and Brandon Weaver (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, run scored) had his back. Chance Mitchell and Austin Newton also had doubles, while Mitchell finished with two RBI. Worth recorded nine hits in the win.



ALBANY - Sherwood took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning Thursday during its season opener against Southwest Georgia Academy, but couldn't hold it in a 5-4 loss to the Warriors.

Zane Hood, Sherwood's leader and ace on the mound, came on in relief in the fifth inning for Brett Sheppard, who relieved starter Clay Wyatt. Hood gave up just one hit as the Eagles held a 2-1 lead, but a crucial error led to three runs scoring as SGA pulled ahead, 5-2, and held on.

Carson Ray earned the win for SGA, giving up four hits over three innings as he struck out three. The Warriors improved to 1-0, while SCA dropped to 0-1.

But SGA only managed three hits in the game off Sherwood's pitchers, while the Eagles had two players with multi-hit games: Hood and Josh Holwick (both finished 2-for-4).