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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Sheppard plays hero for Sherwood in 1-0 win vs. SGA

DAMASCUS — The Sherwood Christian Academy baseball team began its region slate with a big win Tuesday against SGA.

And the Eagles can thank Brett Sheppard for that.

Sheppard not only pitched all eight innings of the 1-0 SCA win, but he slapped the game-winning hit to lift Sherwood to 2-3 overall and a 1-0 start in region play.

“He had a great day,” SCA coach Eddie Dixon. “He did it all.”

Sheppard struck out 10 and allowed just two hits — both in the bottom of the eighth after he took a no-hitter into extra innings.

When the game went to the top of the eighth tied, 0-0, Jordan Flowers was hit by a pitch and then he stole second base. Sheppard then came to the plate and nailed a single that proved to be the game-winner.

Sherwood returns to action Friday at home against Westwood.

BROOKWOOD BASEBALL 8, DWS 4: The Knights fell to 4-4 overall and started region 0-1.

Austin Murphy was roughed up early, lasting just two innings while giving up four walks on two hits.

The Knights’ bats came alive, but it wasn’t enough. Kh’Ron McClain was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Harris Webb was 1-for-2 with a double and Coleman Butler hit a bomb — his second of the year — and finished 3-for-4 with two RBI.

DWS returns to action Friday against Tiftarea.

Lee County baseball gets huge win; DWS golf finishes second in three-way match

THOMASVILLE — Needing a win to avoid a disastrous 0-4 start in region play, Lee County got just that Tuesday night.

The Trojans (2-6, 1-3 in Region 1-AAAAA) downed Thomas County Central, 6-2, behind a gusty pitching performance by Matt Hatcher, who went six innings, allowed just four hits and struck out three.

Mason Wisener went 3-for-3 from the plate for Lee County, which pounded out nine hits — two of which also came from Jack Bell.

“That was pleasing to finally see us hit the ball,” Lee County coach Rob Williams said. “We hadn’t been doing that.”

Lee scored three runs in the first inning and held the lead the rest of the way.

The Trojans will return to the field Friday at Harris County for a big region doubleheader, then play Monday at home in a makeup game against Colquitt County.

TIFTAREA WINS THREE-WAY GOLF MATCH WITH DEERFIELD: Caroline Griffin, a junior from Tiftarea, beat all the boys Tuesday to lead her team to a win against Deerfield and Brookwood.

Tiftarea finished with a team score of 320, which was good enough to beat DWS’ 330 and Brookwood’s 335.

Wilson Joiner was Deerfield’s low scorer with an 80, followed by Charlie Ellis (82) and 84s from Bill Sharpe, Ethan Shellhaas and John Leach.

DWS returns to action Tuesday at Southland.

TERRELL ACADEMY BASEBALL 12, WESTWOOD 1, (5 INNINGS): The Eagles opened region play with a convincing win against their rivals, who notched just two hits off TAE starter Josh Brunswick.

Brunswick pitched five innings, struck out five and also hit his second grand slam of the season. Logan Duckworth added a 2-for-3 day with a double and an RBI, while Caleb Waters was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Terrell returns to action Thursday at another rival, Randolph Southern.

DWS BOYS, GIRLS SOCCER SPLITS WITH BROOKWOOD: The Lady Knights improved to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in region following Tuesday’s 3-2 win against Brookwood. Casey Kincheloe scored two goals and Rachel Sullivan added the other.

The news was not as good for the DWS boys, who dropped to 4-2 and 1-1 following a 2-1 loss to Brookwood. Austin Graf had Deerfield’s only goal.

The girls only will play next against Westminster on Saturday, while the boys resume action next week.

LOCAL COLLEGES:

Albany State track & field star Perkins wins discus at second straight meet

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For a second consecutive week, Cree Ann Perkins won the discus throw competition against formidable competition. Sparked by a new addition to the ASU track & field teams, Perkins flourished at Birmingham Southern Invitational.

“With the coaching leadership provided by our new volunteer throws coach Joe Garret, Cree Ann has made tremendous improvement in her technique,” ASU head track coach Kenneth Taylor said.

In the previous meet, Perkins threw the discus for 133 feet. At Birmingham Southern, she recorded a throw of 136 feet. Both throws were 10 feet further than she threw early the season and last year.

“I am projecting she will break her own school record of 142’11” within the next two meets,” Taylor said.