By Doug Gorman
Ask any pitcher at any level his idea of a dream game and he's likely to say "pitching a perfect game."
Wednesday afternoon in a Region 5-AA contest, Union Grove's Clint Neville joined some elite company by tossing his own version of a pitcher's masterpiece.
Neville took his date with destiny a step further by smacking a home run as the Wolverines crushed region foe Paideia 15-0 in a game called after 4 innings.
The victory improves the Wolverines' record to 13-5 overall and 10-1 in region play.
Greg Brooks and Zach Mayo also hit homers for the Wolverines.
Earlier this week, Union Grove also beat Decatur 7-6 behind the pitching of Scott Mayo.
Houston County 5, Henry County 4:
Heading into Wednesday's night's game against Houston County, the Henry County Warhawks baseball team had a chance to put a little distance between themselves and their Region 2-AAAAA opponents.
Houston County had some other ideas, especially freshman pitcher Brian Wilkerson, who helped his team from the mound and with the bat.
His performance allowed the Bears to hold on for a 5-4 victory in a key Region 2-AAAAA contest.
With the loss Henry County falls to 10-4. As of Wednesday Northside had a 9-4 record. The two teams meet at Northside in one of the biggest games of the season Friday night.
Henry County won the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
In Wednesday night's game against Houston, the Warhawks fell behind 3-0 before finally getting a wake-up call from head coach Chuck Campbell in the fifth.
His squad responded with four runs. Casey Loudermilk, Keith Wimpey and Lane Hammond all reached, setting the stage for Greg Lindsey's trip to the plate.
Lindsey delivered with his second triple in as many games. The extra-base hit tied the game at three.
Michael Rozier gave the Warhawks a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly.
The lead didn't last long. Houston County scored runs in the sixth and seventh to put the game away.
Lindsey reached on a single in an attempt to start a rally in the seventh. Houston County squelched the Warhawks' comeback attempt by turning a double play.
Lindsey led the offensive attack with a performance that included two extra-base hits. Matt Brown and Mike King also had two hits each.