2009-04-01 / Sports

Tigers shutout two opponents in shortened games last week

A rising tide of shutout wins carried the Washington-Wilkes baseball Tigers through a pair of impressive victories last week as the team knocked off two opponents in mercy-rule-shortened games.

First on the chopping block was Hancock Central last Tuesday. It was a 15-0 shellacking that lasted only three innings because of the mercy rule. Trey McAvoy and Robert McGill combined on the hill to take the no-hit shutout and the Tiger bats were hot with eight team members on the hit list. Leading the way was third baseman Jerrick Darracott who smacked two round-trippers for a total of five RBI.

Other Tiger hitters in the game were D.J. Barnett (3-3, 2b), Ty McGill (1-1, RBI), Drew Wilson (1-1, RBI), Preston Hardin (1-1), Spencer Swinson (1-2, 2b), Zach Murray (1-3, RBI), and Lee Thomson (1-3, 2b).

The next day, W-W traveled to Lexington to take on the Oglethorpe County Patriots and the result was much the same, it just took a little longer. Again the Tigers prevailed, this time 12-0 in a game shortened to five innings behind the pitching of Murray who went four innings giving up only one hit while striking out eight. McAvoy administered the coup de grâce, striking out the side in the fifth.

Offensively, the Tigers collected a total of 11 hits including another home run by Darracott. He had two hits for the day as did Ty McGill and Swinson. Hitters against Oglethorpe were Darracott (2-4, hr, 3RBI), McGill (2-3, 2b, 2r), Swinson (2-3, 2b), Thomson (1-2), Murray (1-2, 2RBI), Hardin (1-3), Barnett (1-4, RBI), and Wilson (1-4, RBI).

At the beginning of this week, W-W was tied with GMC atop Region 4A. However a doubleheader with Twiggs County on Tuesday, March 31, could change that standing. Results were not complete by press time for this issue. On Friday, April 3, the Tigers will travel to Wilkinson County for another region game. Then, next week, a pair of non-region games will take the heat off just a bit as Oglethorpe comes to town on Tuesday before the Tigers hit the road to Thomson on Wednesday.

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