By Doug Gorman
The Henry County Warhawks picked up a strong pitching performance from senior left-hander Michael Rozier and a 15-hit performance from the plate en route to a 10-0 victory against Morrow in a Region 2-AAAAA contest called after five innings.
Henry County improved its region record to 10-2. It was the team's 20th overall victory.
Morrow dropped to 2-12.
Henry County led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but then put together its most productive inning of the game, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six times to allow the game to end early by the 10-run mercy rule.
Every batter but Michael Rozier reached base at least one time but then again the Warhawks' talented senior did his talking from the mound, finishing the game with a three-hit shutout.
The University of North Carolina signee, finished with 11 strikeouts to keep the Mustangs off the board.
Rozier struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings to help the Warhawks take control of the game.
Morrow appeared in a mood for an upset in the first inning as Omar Stephens opened the game with a single. Thomas Williams was hit by a pitch one batter later.
Henry County regrouped and both Morrow base runners were left stranded.
Andy Morris led Henry County's hit parade with two singles and three RBIs.
"We have really done a good job of hitting the ball lately," Morris said. "The top of our order has been hitting the ball well all year, now everybody is coming through."
Henry County scored three times in the second inning and played a game of home-derby in the process.
Solo home runs by Greg Huff and Scott Robinson gave the Warhawks a 2-0 lead.
Robinson homer capped a strong return by sophomore slugger. Robinson was slightly injured in a science lab accident two weeks ago, and was making his first start.
Henry added one run in the fourth when Huff reached on an error and scored on Morris' single.
The Warhawks could have added two more runs, Morrow pitcher Chris Williams picked off two runners.
Morris drove in two runs in the sixth with a single and Ryan Moore drove in a run with a double to account for the Warhawks' big blows in the fifth.
Thomas Williams doubled in the third and Chris Williams singled in the fifth for the final two Morrow hits.
Henry County travels to Houston County for another Region 2-AAAAA contest today.
"We had a close game with them the first time we played, and they are trying to stay in the playoff hunt, so I'm sure they will be ready for us."
Diamond note: Two high school baseball teams from Henry County are ranked in the gabaseball.net coaches' poll.
Henry County is ranked third in the Class AAAAA poll, and first-year program Luella is 10th in Class AAA.
It's Luella's first ever appearance in the state baseball poll.