ATLANTA — Matt Mears not only picked up the win in relief, but he drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth to lift Lee County to a 5-4 victory against Franklin High School (from Frankfort, Ky.) Tuesday afternoon.
The win finished a two-day trip to Centennial High in Atlanta, where the Trojans split a pair of games Monday against Centennial. The Trojans lost the opener, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh, then bounced back to win, 10-5, as sophomores Nick Bush and Robbie Feagans both hit their first high school home runs.
Mears capped off the big eighth inning on Tuesday when the Trojans rallied after two outs.
Dallas Greene reached on an error, Dalton Daniel singled to left to keep the inning alive and Mears followed with his walkoff single to left.
Lee used four pitchers, including Chris Mosley, who pitched a perfect two innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced. Mears pitched the seventh and eighth.
Lee County (6-10) celebrated by ending their trip at a game at Kennesaw State, where the Owls were playing host to the University of Georgia. Kennesaw State’s closer, Justin McCalvin, is a Lee County grad, and Georgia has two players from Lee County.
Daniel Nichols, who was The Herald’s co-player of the year in baseball last year, started at first base for the Bulldogs on Tuesday and Lee County grad Jess Posey entered the game at second base in the fifth inning.
Lee County coach Rob Williams planned the trip with the idea of watching the former Lee players in action, but when they got there the stadium was packed.
“This place seats 1,200 and when we got here there were already 1,800 people at the game,’’ Williams said during the game Tuesday night. “We ended up down in the right field corner. We’re standing, but that’s what we do at baseball games, any way. It’s a great atmosphere.’’
Albany High baseball doubles up Dougherty
ALBANY — The Albany High baseball team picked up a huge region win Tuesday night when the Indians beat up on city rival Dougherty, 12-6.
The Indians improved to 5-5 overall and are now 3-4 in region play this season.
Malik Mathis played hero for Albany on Tuesday as he picked up the win on the mound and also dominated at the plate.
Mathis pitched all seven innings, struck out nine and allowed just four hits, then he went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Demetrius Reed took the loss for Dougherty on the mound.
Albany was also led by Andrico Carter, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Carlton Wallace (3-for-4, double, inside-the-park home run) and Shaquille Clark (2-for-4, double, RBI). Dougherty’s Kevin Miller was 2-for-4 and Reed was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
AHS returns to action Friday vs. Americus.