Davies strikes out 14 in win; Murton wins home-run event

By Doug Gorman

Torey Louvillo, the manager of the Kinston K-Tribe, a Class A minor league of the Cleveland Indians, predicted after Saturday's contest with the Myrtle Beach Braves that Kyle Davies, the former Stockbridge High School star, would someday be pitching in big leagues.

Louvillo could be right, especially if Davies continues to duplicate Saturday's performance.

Davies turned in an all-star performance for the Braves' Class A farm team, helping lead Myrtle Beach to an 8-2 victory.

The former two-time Daily-Herald Southern Crescent Player of the Year struck out 14 K-Tribe batters in Saturday's game.

Davies, who is averaging 11 strikeouts per game, improved his record to 7-2. For the season, Davies has 79 strikeouts and just 27 walks.

In the victory against the K-Tribe, Davies retired 18 of the last 20 men he faced.

Bill Pate coached Davies in high school.

Should Davies make it to the major leagues, he would become the second Pate coached player to play at Turner Field.

Current Braves' outfielder J.D. Drew played for Pate at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta.

Murton wins home run contest: Former Eagles' Landing and Georgia Tech slugger Matt Murton has displayed plenty of power for the Sarasota Red Sox, Boston's Class A team in the Florida State League.

Through last Thursday's game, Murton smacked 9 homers and drilled 30 RBIs.

He then put his knack for hitting the long ball on display this weekend by winning the Florida State League all-star game home run contest.

Murton advanced to the finals of the long-ball contest by ripping 10 home runs through the first two rounds.

Finding his offense: After struggling at the double-A level, Jason Perry, the former Jonesboro High School and Georgia Tech baseball player appears to be back on track after the Oakland Athletics dropped him back to Modesto, its Class A team.

Through 10 games, Perry is hitting .382 with one home run and 11 RBIs.