By Anthony Rhoads
The Stockbridge American Legion Post 33 baseball team got the 2003 season off to a solid start Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Covington.
Strong pitching was the order of the day as Union Grove graduate Clint Neville hurled a complete game, 4-3 victory while Henry County graduate Matt Brown tossed a complete game, one-hit, 2-0 victory.
"Excellent games," Post 33 head coach James Powell said. "I just enjoyed it. You don't see many like that in high school. That was great."
Offensively, Bible Baptist Christian School's Daniel Nutt went 3-for-3 in game 1.
"He kind of ignited it," Powell said. "Every time we scored, he was there."
Neville helped his own cause by collecting a triple. Powell also said the team played solid defense.
"In the second game, it was a team effort really," Powell said. "Matt Brown wouldn't let them score. Even if we had scored just one run, he would have held them."
Powell is looking forward to the season and was pleased with the effort Thursday night.
"We're excited," he said. "We have lots of potential."
Post 33 returns to action Tuesday at Conyers Post 77 and on Wednesday, the team plays host to Post 77, a perennial state power in American Legion baseball.
"(Conyers manager) Jack Murphy always has a strong team," Powell said.
This is Stockbridge Post 33's fourth season. The team began in 2000 and has made the American Legion Georgia state tournament every year it has been in existence.
Post 33 plays its home games at Union Grove High School.