Indians Sweep Warriors-Move to 2nd in Region
The Stephens County Indians baseball team needed to string together some wins, and did just that with a sweep of Oconee County this week.
The Indians took game one of the series on Wednesday night, 6-2, and followed that up with a doubleheader sweep in Watkinsville on Thursday 6-4 and 11-1.
In game one, Stephens County trailed Oconee County 3-0 after 3 innings. In the top of the 4th Davis Swenson and Ridge Adams singled, followed by Cole Snyder’s RBI single scoring Swenson, and Carson Brock’s sacrifice fly scoring Adams to make the score 3-2 Oconee.
The Indians came back with 3 more runs in the 5th inning to take the lead. Dawson Sorrells had a lead off single, back to back bunt singles by Eli Wenger and Cayden Maxwell, and a 2-RBI single by Swenson gave the Indians the lead. Adams fielder’s choice ground out scored Maxwell from 3rd to make the score 5-3.
Oconee County cut the lead to 5-4 in the 5th and almost tied the game, but a Jordan Page throw from right cut down the runner at the plate to keep the Indian lead. The Indians got an insurance run in the 7th when Maxwell scored on an Isaiah Martin flyball that was dropped.
Gabe White pitched 6 and 2/3 innings to get the win and move to 4-4 on the season. White allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7. Sorrells faced one batter, with a runner on, and struck him out to get the save.
In game two it was all Indians as Stephens County scored 1 in the 3rd, 4 in the 4th, 2 in the 6th, and 4 in the 7th to win going away 11-1.
Martin hit a long 2-run home run-his 3rd of the season, and the Indians got 2 RBI’s each from Sorrells, Brock, Page, and Josh Henshaw. Snyder and Brock scored 3 runs each in the game, Martin and Ben Hobbs scored 2 each, and Swenson added 1.
Sorrells was outstanding on the mound pitching 5 and 2/3 innings and allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 6 to improve to 3-3 this season. Henshaw pitched the final inning and a 1/3 of scoreless relief.
Stephens County is now 4-5 in Region-8 play and 14-11-1 overall and currently resides in 2nd place in the Region. Oconee County is also at 4-5 in region play and 18-8 overall. North Oconee is playing non-region foes this week but has now clinched first place. St. Pius at 4-6 and Madison County at 2-5 are scheduled to meet in a doubleheader today.
Stephens County will finish the regular season next week with a three game series with Madison County.