Lee County's Daniel Nichols, who is headed to Georgia next year, stepped onto the mound in relief with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh and got out of the jam to lead the Trojans to victory.
THOMASVILLE — You like drama?
Then you probably love the Lee County Trojans, who are not only the hottest high school baseball team in Southwest Georgia, but a team that had a collective sigh of relief after hanging on to beat Thomas County Central, 5-3, on Tuesday in a big Region 1-AAAA sub-region game.
That was Mark Fowler diving and coming up with the game-ending catch Tuesday to leave the bases loaded and everyone in the south end of the region looking up to Lee County, which is a perfect 2-0 in the sub-region.
And that was Daniel Nichols coming into the game in relief with the bags loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh. That’s the same kid who is hitting over .600 and taking his big bat to Georgia next year. Seems he can not only pitch, too — but pitch in the clutch.
Nichols struck out the first batter he faced and then watched Fowler make the highlight film catch on a sinking liner in right field that left everyone smiling on the ride home to Leesburg.
The Trojans won’t celebrate. They face Houston County at 6 p.m. on Friday in Leesburg. Houston and Northside Warner Robins are at the top of the north sub-region in 1-AAAA, making Friday’s game significant for all the right reasons.
The Trojans (9-4 and 4-2 in the region) will take a five-game winning streak into Friday’s game, thanks to sophomore T.J. Roberts, a tough right-hander who gave up two runs on three hits over five innings to earn his second win of the season. He struck out six and walked two to improve to 2-0.
Andrew Strowd had an RBI single in the first, and then Luke Roland — the king of the double of late — had two doubles, including a bases-loaded three-run double in the second.
Jay Howell, who went 3-for-4, scored in the second and scored again in the fifth when he singled and came home on Chad Moore’s RBI single.
“It’s big to win the fifth game in a row, and it’s big to go up 2-0 in the sub-region,’’ Lee County coach Rob Williams said. “The game against Houston is going to be a huge game.’’
WESTWOOD 8, SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN 4: Mitch Good allowed just five hits and no earned runs while striking out six over six innings to pick up the win for the Wildcats, who won their ninth in a row and are now 9-1 for the season. Chason Worsham and Mason Worsham each went 2-for-3 to lead Westwood.
TERRELL ACADEMY 10, FULLINGTON 0: TAE’s Garrett Hutchinson (2-1) went the distance in the five-inning, mercy-rule win, allowing just four hits while striking out four and walking two. Logan Duckworth went 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple and drove in three runs, and Dalton Dedge went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI for TAE. Kyle Stratton went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Terrell (6-4, 3-1 in Region 3-AA) won its second straight mercy-rule game. The Eagles hammered Briarwood, 16-1, in three innings on Friday.
TAE travels to Citizens Christian for a 4:30 p.m. game on Friday.
DEERFIELD 16, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 6: Austin Murphy improved to 3-0, giving up just two runs on three hits while striking out seven. Murphy also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Gil Gillespie went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, and Coleman Butler went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and also drove in a run. Davis Hines went 2-for-4 for DWS.
The Knights are now 9-2 and 3-1 in the Region 3-AAA race and have a big region game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Perry, where they face Westfield.
SHERWOOD SOCCER TEAMS SWEEP: SCA’s boys beat Westfield, 3-0, and the SCA girls won 4-0 against Westfield on Tuesday.
M.J. Green posted the shutout for the boys team (12-1-1 and 3-1 in Region 3-AAA). It was his third shutout of the season. T.J. Clay scored twice and William Orr added a goal for the Eagles.
Hannah Thompson recorded her fifth shutout for the Lady Eagles, who got two goals from Christina Charles and a goal each from Paige Barker and Kylee Harrod to improve to 12-4 and 3-2 in the region.
SCA plays at home against Valwood at 4 p.m. Friday.
DWS GOLF TOPS SOUTHLAND: Hunter Brooks shot a 74 to lead the Deerfield-Windsor golf team past Southland in Americus on Tuesday, 315-384.
Other scores for DWS include John Leach 78, Wilson Joiner 81 and Ethan Shellhaas. The Knights play again Thursday against Westfield and Southland.
Southland was led Tuesday by Clay Oxford, who shot an 85.