LEESBURG -- Lee County baseball fell behind early and had to rally again in Region 1-AAAA action Tuesday, but got the big inning and late-inning pitching to remain unbeaten in region play.
The Trojans trailed 8-7 in the fifth to Northside, Warner Robins until Pedro Cruz crushed an opposite field 3-run shot to right to put Lee ahead 11-8, which reliever Justin Walker held onto to pull out the win.
Cruz went 2-for-4, including a double, with four RBI in the win.
"Pedro does a great job going the other way," Lee County head coach Rob Williams said of Cruz, who went opposite field on both his hits and is hitting .500. "He just knows how to hit."
Walker (1-1) pitched three solid innings and shut out Northside over the final two innings as the Trojans held on. Walker came in the game in the in the top of the fifth in relief of starter Chase Burnfin with the bases loaded and no out, clinging to a 7-6 lead. Walker minimized the damage, allowing two runs to score, but it could have been worse.
"He really did (get out of the jam)," Williams said of Walker, who allowed just one hit in three innings. "He came in and did a really good job."
Burnfin allowed all eight runs to Northside (7-3, 2-1 Region 1-AAAA), but only four were earned after four Trojans errors in three innings.
Northside scored three runs in the first inning and led until the third when Daniel Nichols' double scored two to put Lee ahead, 4-3.
Northside took the lead back before Lee scored three in the fourth on Chase Patrick, Chase Griffin and Cruz RBI hits.
Patrick went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Nichols finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Trojans begin a three-game road trip Friday at Northside, Columbus before returning home March 25 against Warner Robins.
DWS GIRLS SOCCER 5, TIFTAREA 0
Mary Catherine Crisp scored two goals for the Lady Knights and Candace Cosby, Cheyenne Colvin and Bailey Weed each added a goal apiece to help Deerfield improve to 2-2-1 on the year. Katie Williams added two saves for Deerfield. The Lady Knights will be in action on Tuesday when they travel to Sherwood.
WESTOVER BOYS SOCCER 2, LEE 1
Danny Brown scored both goals for Westover and one of them came on a nice pass from Gavin Parr as Westover held off Lee County in a game that was very emotional from the beginning as 17 players from both teams were honored as this marked the last time they all would be on the same field at the same time after playing together since they children in the youth leagues and are good friends.
Jordan Karn supplied the lone run for Lee County.With the win Westover improved to 6-1-2 and sets them up for a big road game at LaGrange on Thursday.
DEERFIELD BOYS SOCCER 4, TIFTAREA 1
Jonathan Jones led the way for Deerfield with two goals and Trey Pickett and Alex Berry each added a goal apiece to help the Knight improve to 1-4 overall all. Deerfield will look to keep the wins coming when they travel to Tattnall Square on Thursday.
DWS GOLF BEATS SOUTHLAND
Deerfield's golf team shot a combined 322 which was more than enough to
defeat Southland, which shot 420 at the Double Gate Country Club.Deerfield's Josh Crews shot a 78 to lead players followed by his teammates John Leech and Hunter Brooks who each shot an 80 for the day. Clay Oxford was the Southlands low man with a 97. Deerfield will be back in action at Double Gate on Thursday.
DEEREFIELD BASEBALL 10, Southland 2
Christopher Moates had a big day for Deerfield and finished 4-for-4 with two RBI to help Knights improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the region. Moats also picked up his third win of the season after giving up only three hits in five innings while recording seven strikeouts. Harris
Webb and Rhett Cooper both went 2-for-4 and each drove in a run. Deerfield will be at home on Friday against Crisp Academy.
WESTWOOD BASEBALL 9, TERRELL ACADEMY 8
After falling behind 7-2 after three innings, Westwood stormed back to ultimately take a 9-8 lead in the bottom on the sixth after Mitch Good crossed the plate after a squeeze bunt by Jake Edore.
Good also picked up the win after coming on in the fourth inning and giving up only three hits while striking out three. The win marks Westwood's first region win.