By Doug Gorman
Talk about your quick recovery.
Just two days after getting beat by Stockbridge by 10 runs, the Henry County Warhawks got back in the grove Friday with an 11-1 victory against Mt. Zion in a game called after six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
The victory improves Henry County, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest Class AAAAA Georgia Dugout Club Coaches' Poll, to 10-1 overall.
Senior Jason Laird turned in a gem from the mound, allowing just three hits in his complete-game victory.
The hard-throwing senior set the tone early by striking out the first four batters he faced.
"The key was just to go out there and throwing strikes, and keeping my team in the game," said Laird. "I feel like if I can throw strikes we have a good chance to win.
Henry County did its damage on just five hits, but also took advantage of four Mt. Zion errors.
The Warhawks used two big innings to pull away from the Bulldogs.
Henry County broke the game open with a four-run explosion in the second inning. Kyle Price drove in a run with a single, and Coleton Seagers delivered the big blow of the inning with a double to score three runs.
Seagers ended the game with five RBIs. He also drove in two runs in the fourth as part of the squad' five- run inning.
The Bulldogs scored their first run of the game in the third inning.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the third, Derek Slaughter walked to lead off the inning. He scored on starting pitcher Brian Rice's single.
Henry County broke the game open in the fourth after taking advantage of three walks and an error. Seagers' singles and Austin Peacock's double were the only hits of the inning.
The Warhawks added two more runs in the sixth to allow the game to end one inning early.
Trey Robinson singled in the fifth and Dusty White in the sixth to close out the hitting for Mt. Zion.
"Jason did a great job out there," said Henry County coach Chuck Campbell. "After giving up 19 runs against Stockbridge, it was great to get a good pitching performance."