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FRIDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County baseball honors seniors, then routs Colquitt; Morrell hits three HRs as Westwood wins 15th straight

LEESBURG — On Senior Night at Lee County, the Trojans’ baseball program sent Mark Fowler, Luke Roland, Jess Posey, Daniel Nichols, Pedro Cruz and Jay Howell — as well as two, four-year stat girls, Kaitlyn Walker and Abby Morgan — out with a bang.

Lee jumped on Colquitt County early and never looked back en route to an 11-1 game that ended early in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“That just means we get to eat dinner a little earlier,” joked Lee coach Rob Williams.

Chris Moseley picked up the win, going the distance while giving up just four hits, no walks and striking out four. Andrew Stroud’s fourth-inning grand slam put Lee up 6-1 and the rout was on.

All the seniors finished with hits or got on base in their final home game win, which sets up a mammoth showdown Monday in Leesburg against Houston County for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 1-AAA tournament. Lee is in No. 1 in its subregion, while Houston leads its side.

The state tournament opens Friday and Lee is assured to host a first-round series because the Trojans can’t finish worst than second even if they lose to Houston on Monday.

Morrell jacks 3 HRs as Westwood wins 15th straight: With a 15-game winning streak going, the Westwood baseball team is red-hot.

But Friday night, Caleb Morrell was on fire.

Morrell homered three times during a 22-2, three-inning rout of Grace Christian as the Wildcats (15-1, 7-0) won their GISA-best 15th game in a row heading into Tuesday’s rematch in Cordele with Crisp Academy — the defending Class A state champ whom Westwood beat last week, 2-1, in its first meeting.

Douglas Nobles also homered in the game, backup catcher T.J. Robertson smashed a grand slam and Mitch Good earned the win, striking out four.

DEERFIELD 5, TIFTAREA 1: The Knights cruised behind the arm of Weston King, who improved to 5-1 on the season after going six innings, striking out three and allowing eight hits.

Kh’Ron McClain finished 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI and Harris Webb had two hits and two RBI as the Knights improved to 15-3 overall and 7-2 in Region 3-AAA.

DWS will next host Glenwood, Ala., today on senior day at 1 p.m.

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN STUNS CRISP ACADEMY, 4-2: The Patriots won just their fifth game of the season Friday — but, oh, what a win it was.

The Patriots stunned the defending GISA Class A state champs, 4-2, behind the arm of Trey Goree (7 IP, five hits, 4 Ks, no walks) and the bat of Jared Sauls (2-for-3, 2 RBI).

“It was a great win for our kids,” Randolph Southern coach Tommy Owen said.

TERRELL ACADEMY 7, CITIZEN’S CHRISTIAN 3: Kyle Stratton was the Eagles’ winning pitcher as he went all seven innings, struck out six and gave up just four hits.

Charlie Maxwell was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Eagles, while Joshua Brunswick was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and Joshua Wardrip batted in two runs with a crucial single late in the game to put it away.

The win now ties TAE for second in the region with Citizen’s Christian as Brookwood leads overall. Terrell goes back to work Monday at Randolph Southern.

Soccer

LEESBURG — The Lee County girls soccer team advanced to the Region 1-AAAA championship game Tuesday after beating Warner Robins, 2-0, in the semifinals of the tournament.

Carsen Taylor and Kristi Sheridan scored goals for Lee, which got a shutout in goal from Danielle Brendel.

Lee will now host Houston County on Tuesday in the finals.

BAINBRIDGE BOYS 3, HARDAWAY 1: The Bearcats will play for the school’s first Region 1-AAAA championship on Tuesday at Houston County after winning in the semis Friday and improving to 14-3 overall.

Emiliano Rivera scored the first goal on an assist from Emilio Hernandez, while Daniel Provence scored the second on an assist from Luis Mejia and Hernandez capped the scoring with on an assist from Rivera.

Bainbridge’s goalie Dominique Douglas made a huge save early in the game to keep Hardaway from taking an early 1-0 lead.

SHERWOOD BOYS 4, WESTFIELD 2: The Eagles locked up second in Region 3-AAA with the win, and both the boys and girls teams will host the opening round of the state playoffs Tuesday against Tattnall, starting at 5 p.m.

T.J. Clay scored three goals, while Aaron Anthony added the other for SCA (13-3-1, 4-2).