Schley County 12, Gordon Lee 3
Schley County completed the sweep of Gordon Lee to win its second baseball title at State Mutual Stadium in Rome on Thursday.
In the clinching game after taking the opener 6-0, the Wildcats struck in the bottom of the first with a Chase Patrick single to centerfield, followed by Will Barry getting hit by a pitch. Clint Sellars was then walked, loading the bases. Wade Law came to the plate and made the most of the situation with a double down the third-base line that drove in Patrick and Barry.
Schley did not let up in the bottom of the second inning as a two-run double by Barry sent Patrick and Camron Vanlerberge home.
In the top of the third, Gordon Lee looked for answers with RBI’s by Noah Peterson and Dylan Minghini which cut the lead to two.
The Wildcats would answer quickly. In the bottom of the third, Schley’s Cameron Belcher got hit by the first pitch. Chance Holloman was then walked. Jordan Hall then tried to bunt but struck out. Vanlerberge was walked to load the bases. Reid Ragsdale hit a liner to right center for an RBI and make the score 5-2. Patrick hit a ground out but another run scored. Then with Barry at the plate, a pitch found the dirt and rolled past the catcher allowing Vanlerberge to come home from third. Sellars walked, bringing up Wade Law, who connected with a two-RBI single to push the lead to 9-2. Belcher then belted a low liner right over second base to score the sixth and final run of the inning.
Gordon Lee tried to answer in the sixth with a one-run Drew McDaniel double but Schley’s half of the third inning proved to be the difference.
Schley County 6, Gordon Lee 0
Schley County scored two runs in the second inning and four more in the fifth to move past Gordon Lee in Game 1.
The Wildcats got the scoring started in the second inning after a Chance Holloman single to left-field. Jordan Hall then singled to right to put runners at first and second with one out. Cameron Vanlerberge laid down a bunt, advancing runners to second and third. Up next was Reid Ragsdale, who was walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Chase Patrick hit an RBI single and an error by the first baseman allowed the second run to cross home plate.
Both sides remained scoreless for the next two innings but things heated up in the fifth inning as Schley County took full control of the game.
On the first pitch of the inning, Schley’s Camron Vanlerberge hit a rocket over second base for a single. Reid Ragsdale was next up and hit a ball to left field which was dropped, putting runners at first and second. Chase Patrick then came to the plate and flied out. Will Barry then hit a hard ball just over the left fielder’s outstretched arm for a two-RBI double. Senior Clint Sellars came to the plate and hit a double which brought Barry home. Junior Jordan Hall then hit a grounder to the shortstop but the throw to first was low and skipped past the first, allowing Sellars to score from second.