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Deerfield sweeps, will host 2nd round of state

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- There's nothing short about Deerfield-Windsor's No. 5 hitter -- or the distance his ball carries when he gets a hold of it.

DWS senior Lindsey Short crushed a 3-run homer Saturday to give the Knights the lead in the third inning and then their bats went medieval on Bulloch Academy pitching in a 17-4 win in six innings.

The Knights, who won 7-6 on Friday, completed the GISA Class AAA first-round sweep Saturday and will host a second round series after GISA Region 2-AAA No. 4 seed Arlington Christian upset Region 1-AAA No. 1 seed Dominion Christian.

Deerfield (16-7) pounded out a season-high 21 hits Saturday and finally put things together after a somewhat bumpy last month to the season.

"We zoned in and we haven't hit collectively in a while," DWS head coach Rod Murray said. "We were due to hit the ball pretty good."

Whatever they were owed, the Knights cashed in during Game 2, starting with Short's long ball in the third after Bulloch Academy (10-9) scored three runs off DWS starter Banks Kinslow in the third due in large part to two Knights' errors.

Short caught a curveball, something he's seen a lot of lately, with two on and sent it over the left field fence to retake a 4-3 lead and get the run-scoring party started.

"That's all I've seen all day (Saturday) and (Friday)," said Short, who went 2-for-3 and has homered three times this season. "That's all they're going to throw me. You've got a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder in the five hole. You're going to get curveballs."

Murray watched the ball sail out from his post in the third-base coach's box, but wasn't surprised by the big man's power surge in the clutch.

"He's got tremendous power when he squares it up," Murray said of Short. "That didn't surprise me. That kid can hit."

Kinslow added a RBI single and Davis Moore hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to build a 6-3 lead before Bulloch cut it to 6-4 in the fifth.

Then the hits rained down in the sixth for the Knights, who scored 11 runs on nine hits in the inning. Senior Matt Moree had two hits and three RBI in the inning alone.

Moore and Sam Shellhaas also added two hits in the inning each.

"One through nine (in the lineup) we jumped on fastballs," said Moree, who is riding a six-game hitting streak.

Every DWS hitter in the order reached base and eight of the nine had at least one hit. Harris Webb reached four times in five at-bats and scored three runs. Kinslow was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Chris Moates and Moore added two RBI each, while Michael Laslie, Moree and Shellhaas each had three hits.

Kinslow got the win by going 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked three. Rhett Cooper pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on one hit.

Forest Spence had two hits to lead the Gators, who moved to Class AAA this season.

The Knights haven't gone on the road in the playoffs in five years and have never done it in Murray's tenure as head coach. With Arlington Christian's upset of Dominion Christian, they'll be at home at least one more week. The date for that series is yet to be determined.

"(Arlington Christian's series win) kept us from traveling to Atlanta, but we know they're a solid bunch out of the Macon region," Murray said of the Knights' opponent in the second round.