By Doug Gorman
The Stockbridge Tigers baseball team knows it controls its own playoff destiny.
Friday night at Morrow, the Tigers took care of business with a 19-3 victory in a Region 2-AAAAA contest.
"If we win out, we are in, it's as simple as that," said Stockbridge head coach Bill Pate.
The Tigers pounded out 17 hits and scored their runs in spurts en route to the victory.
The Tigers scored six runs in the first inning before the Mustangs recorded the first out of the game.
Andy Love started the game with a triple and that opened the offensive floodgates for the Tigers.
Jaamal Teagle, Matt Settle, Zach Walden and Corey Bryan all singled and scored to give the Tigers a big lift.
Brett Hays delivered another big blow for the Tigers in the first by ripping a double to score two runs.
Hays scored the final run of the first inning when he scored on Blain McGhee's ground out.
Morrow didn't go down quietly. The Mustangs scored single runs in the second, third and fourth to cut the gap to 6-3.
In the second, Chris Williams started the rally with a double and scored on Omar Stephens' triple.
The Mustangs added their second run of the inning in the third when Kenneth McCain rippled a solo homer.
T.J. Griggs added the final run of the game for the Mustangs in the fourth inning when he singled in the fourth and later scored on a Williams' ground out to first base.
Stockbridge again took control of the game with five runs in the sixth and seven runs in the seventh.
The Tigers (8-5 in 2-AAAAA) batted around in both innings, taking advantage of wild Morrow pitching.
Pate went to his bench late in the game and the Tigers continued to bring runs across the plate.
In the seventh inning, the big blows came when Adam Gray and Bernard Tarplin each drove in runs with extra -base hits.
Daniel Jackson picked up the win from the mound pitching six innings for the Tigers. Both of his strikeouts game in the fifth.
"If we put solid pitching together with our hitting, we are going to win some games," Pate said.
Stockbridge plays Monday in another region contest against Houston County.