2008-03-20 / Sports

Tigers still ahead in region play at 3-1, facing Patriots for the first time today

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team had a 3-0 region record going until Tuesday when the North Oconee Titans knocked a bunch of hits and home runs to take home an easy 11-2 win over the home team.

A leadoff double followed by a homer and then another run scored by N. Oconee got the game off to an unbalanced start for the Tigers. Another homer in the second extended the lead but W-W battled back and made it 3-2 before starting pitcher Drew Wilson gave way to reliever D.J. Barnett in the third.

The Titans never looked back and Wilson had to take the loss in his first start of the 2008 season. N. Oconee continued to pad its lead and three homers in the top of the seventh sealed it at 11-2. Former Tiger coach Dwayne Sapp was at the helm for N. Oconee.

In other games the Tigers beat Morgan County 12-8 on Wednesday, March 12, for their second win in region 8AA. Caleb Saggus (2-1) pitched fiveinnings for the win and D.J. Barnett pitched two innings to record his second save of the season.

The Tigers got off to a rough start in the first inning when a pair of infielderrors resulted in two Bulldog runs. The Tigers rebounded as lead-off hitter Saggus smacked his first homerun of the season.

Jerrick Darracott (above) scooped a short grounder and made the throw to first baseman Hunter Jackson in the early going against North Oconee Tuesday. Caleb Saggus (inset) got in under the throw as he stole second on the Titans. Jerrick Darracott (above) scooped a short grounder and made the throw to first baseman Hunter Jackson in the early going against North Oconee Tuesday. Caleb Saggus (inset) got in under the throw as he stole second on the Titans. The Tigers big inning came in the second when they collected six hits and three Morgan errors to score eight runs making the score 9-1. But Morgan rallied in the fifth hitting three homeruns cutting into the lead to make it 10-7 through 5 innings off play.

The Tigers added two insurance runs in the sixth when Saggus and Lee Thomson scored on a single from Drew Wilson and a fielder's choice by Ty McGill. Leading hitters for the Tigers were Caleb Saggus 3-4 hr, 3rbi, 3sb; Drew Wilson 2-4; Zach Murray 1-3; Whit Chafin 2-4; and Ty McGill 1-4, 3rbi.

On Friday, March 14, the Tigers beat Greene County 12-0 in a 5-inning mercy-rule-shortened game.

Drew Wilson was on the mound for the first time this year after recovering from a shoulder injury. Drew Wilson was on the mound for the first time this year after recovering from a shoulder injury. Kelley Roberts pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two hits while striking out half a dozen batters. D.J. Barnett hit his first homerun of the season. Leading hitters for W-W were Lee Thompson 3-4, Jerrick Darracott 2-4, D.J. Barnett 2-4, Zach Murray 2-3, and Ty McGill 3-3.

The next day, the Tigers traveled to Thomson but only got in three innings when severe weather caused the game to be cancelled.

Today W-W is at Oglethorpe County for another region game beginning at 5 p.m. Next week it's Putnam at home on Monday and Morgan away on Wednesday.

The Tigers are now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 8AA.

Ty McGill snags a flyball in right field. The Tigers continue in region play at Oglethorpe County today. Ty McGill snags a flyball in right field. The Tigers continue in region play at Oglethorpe County today.

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