By Anthony Rhoads
If the Henry County Warhawks had any negative effects after a week's worth of rainouts, they didn't show it Friday in an 8-2 victory at home against Northside-Warner Robins.
Lane Hammond led the way at the plate by going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Also getting multiple hits were Keith Wimpey (2-for-2, two walks, two runs) and Michael Rozier (2-for-4, three RBIs).
"We did a pretty good job even though we were a little impatient sometimes," Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell said. "Lane went 4-for-4 and it makes a big difference when he's hitting the ball well."
Starting pitcher Greg Lindsey had a stellar outing as he worked five innings. He struck out seven, walked three, allowed three hits and allowed only one run, which was his first earned run all season.
"He could have gone further but after not playing for a week we didn't want to push him too far," Campbell said. "He's played real well for us all year."
Lindsey helped his own cause by recording two RBIs. He didn't get any hits but drove in a run off a ground out in the first inning and walked with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Relief pitcher Matt Clark worked the final two innings. He got off to a shaky start in the sixth by allowing a walk, an RBI single and a hit batsman but he rebounded by striking out the next three batters.
He added one more strikeout in the seventh inning.
Henry County scored two runs in the fifth inning off RBIs by Lindsey and Rozier.
In the third, Wimpey collected an RBI single and Hammond followed up with a two-run triple to score Casey Loudermilk and Wimpey.
In the sixth inning, Michael Rozier ripped a two-run single to score Wimpey and Hammond, which gave the Warhawks a 7-1 lead.
Henry County's final run came in the sixth when Bo Andrews scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Henry County improves to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 2-AAAAA.
"That gets us back in the hunt," Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell said. "This region is wide open."
Henry County plays at Houston County today at noon in a make-up game.