By Anthony Rhoads
On their way to their game against Morrow Monday, the Henry County Warhawks experienced some bus trouble and barely had time to warm up for the Region 2-AAAAA baseball game.
But the Warhawks had little trouble on the field as they cruised to a 10-0 victory in a game that was called after six innings.
Henry County pitcher Matt Brown got off to a shaky start as Morrow pounded out three straight singles. Brown then only allowed two more hits, striking out six on his way to a complete game victory.
"He pitched a good game," Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell said. "I don't know if had enough time to get loose before the game but he did a really good job after those hits in the first inning."
Henry County remains in first place in the region after the victory. The Warhawks improve their region record to 10-3. They are 14-5 overall.
Today, the Warhawks play host to Marist, the defending Class AAAA state champions. Henry County was slated to play Marist earlier in the season but the game has been rained out three times.
"It will be the fourth time we've had it re-scheduled," Campbell said. "We'll want to play our best but we can only afford to use two pitchers when we've got region games on Wednesday and Friday. We still want to play hard and see how we measure up against a quality opponent."
In Monday's game, outfielder Greg Lindsey led the Warhawks offensively by going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
"He's done a lot of stuff this year even though he grew up as a catcher," Campbell said. "He's learning on the job but he's been doing a good job for us the last two years in the outfield. He also pitches and defensively, he had a couple of key assists."
In the first inning, Lindsey threw out Justin Evans at home and in the fifth inning, he threw out Josh Shirey, who was trying to stretch a single into a double.
Shirey, Morrow's starting pitcher, worked 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking two.
Morrow drops to 2-13 overall with the loss.
North Clayton 5, Pebblebrook 4: The North Clayton Eagles used some seventh-inning drama Monday afternoon to beat Pebblebrook.
C.J. Tarplin's double accounted for the winning run as the team improved to 6-9.
Shawn Christian picked up the win and also belted three hits.
He also struck out 4.