CAMILLA — Any sour taste in the mouths of the Westwood baseball team is officially gone.
This after the Wildcats downed Crisp Academy, the defending GISA Class A state champs Tuesday, 2-1, following a state title series between the two teams last year that Westwood came up on the short end of.
“It’s a good win, an important win,” said Westwood coach Al Timmerman, whose team has won 13 games in a row after starting the season 0-1 and are now a perfect 6-0 in Region 3-A. “It puts us in sole possession of first place, but we still have to play them one more time.”
That game will come next Tuesday in Cordele at 4:30 p.m., and if Westwood can emerge victorious again, it will carry all the momentum into the state tournament.
And if Douglas Nobles pitches and hits like he did Tuesday, the Wildcats shouldn’t have much to worry about.
The Georgia Southern signee not only earned the win — going just over six innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven — but he smashed the game-winning home run, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Westwood a 2-1 lead it wouldn’t give back. The dinger marked Nobles’ fifth home run in four games to give him seven on the year.
James Bodrey took the loss for Crisp, giving up one hit before being pulled to start the sixth. That’s when Nobles smacked his homer.
“He’s seeing the ball well,” Timmerman said. “He’s just getting a lot more comfortable at the plate with every game we play.”
Mitch Good got on base in the sixth with a single before Nobles’ homer, and Caleb Morrell came in and got the save in the seventh. Robbie Wright had two hits for Crisp.
Westwood’s next game is Thursday at SGA.
DWS 3, WESTFIELD 1: The Knights paid back Westfield on Tuesday thanks to another stellar performance from Austin Murphy, who not only earned the win by going 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and just two hits allowed, but he improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
Deerfield, meanwhile, avenged an earlier 3-0 loss to Westfield and is now 14-3 overall and 6-2 in Region 3-AAA.
If Westfield loses any game the rest of the regular season, Tuesday’s win means DWS would capture the region title and secure the No. 1 seed for state, which begins in two weeks.
“Great win,” DWS coach Rob Murray said. “We needed that big time.”
DWS, which broke open a 1-1 tie in the third, thanks to Murphy’s RBI single, never trailed in the game, thanks to solid days at the plate from Kh’Ron McClain (double, run scored), Lindsey Short (RBI), Murphy (RBI) and Sam Shellhaas (RBI). Johnny Croley came on late in relief of Murphy and picked up the save.
DWS’ remaining regular-season schedule looks like this: Tiftarea at home Friday, Glenwood at home Saturday for senior day, Sherwood at home Tuesday and Tattnall on April 30 at Darton.
BACONTON 12, TERRELL COUNTY 2: William Sullivan improved to 9-0 on the mound Tuesday, allowing just four hits and striking out 10 against the Greenwave.
Sullivan was also 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead Baconton at the plate, while Brock Pinson and Zack Jones each had two hits.
The Blazers, who also defeated Monroe on Monday behind relief pitcher Kyle Parks’ first career win, are 15-5 and play again Thursday at Miller County.
Deerfield tennis teams on verge of state titles
MACON — Deerfield’s girls No. 1 singles star Joyner Tyson, along with teammates and No. 1 doubles team Hope Kitchen and Lucy Kelley, will play for individual GISA Class AAA state titles today in Macon after advancing through the first two rounds Tuesday.
Joining them in the semifinal round today will be the No. 1 doubles team from Deerfield, Robert Newsome and Reid Wright, who also won two matches Tuesday to advance.
Southland, which won the boys region title last week and also brought several girls to state, saw all its players knocked out of contention in the first round.
DWS girls, boys soccer teams win 3-AAA titles
ALBANY — Aly Joslin avoided the Gatorade bath — but not by much.
The Deerfield boys and girls soccer coach, who hails from England and isn’t accustom to the American tradition of water cooler baths after big wins, narrowly avoided one Tuesday after his teams captured the Region 3-AAA titles with a pair of wins against Sherwood, marking the girls’ second championship in three years and the boys’ first since 2005.
“I turned my back and they tried to get me, but I got out of the way for the most part,” said Joslin, who has turned both programs into private-school powerhouses, doing an especially amazing job with the boys, who were 1-15 a year ago.
DWS’ girls (14-1-1, 10-0) beat Sherwood, 3-1, behind goals from Haley Kincheloe, Casey Kincheloe and Candace Cosby, while SCA’s Paige Barker scored the Lady Eagles’ only goal.
For the boys, Deerfield (11-3, 5-0) was led by two goals from Jonathan Jones as the match signified both a win to clinch the region title and No. 1 seed in state, as well as represented the final match of the Sherwood Cup, which was postponded last month due to weather. DWS’ next match is Thursday vs. Tiftarea at home.
Deerfield golf teams win four-way match
PERRY — Ethan Shellhaas shot a 75 and Hunter Brooks fired a 79 Tuesday to lead Deerfield-Windsor to victory in a four-way meet at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry.
The Knights shot a 315 to beat Stratford (316), Westfield (336) and Southland (402). Southland was led by Clay Oxford, who carded an 85.