Cardinals can't stop Henry from clinching

By Anthony Rhoads

The Henry County Warhawks are the Region 2-AAAAA champions.

Senior lefthander Michael Rozier struck out 11 as Henry County (21-3, 14-3) beat Jonesboro 6-1 to clinch the region title.

Rozier allowed only three walks and three hits. He had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning but Jonesboro was able to get three hits and scrape up one run in the loss at home.

"I felt really good," Rozier said. "It's good to be a team like that. They're a good team and they have a good coach. It was a total team effort; I'm just happy for the team."

Henry County head coach Chuck Campbell was certainly impressed by Rozier's performance. Rozier's fastball was registered well into the 90-m.p.h. range but he also was effective with his change-up and curve, Campbell said.

"I think that was his best performance all year," Campbell said. "I feel like this was the first game where he had command of all three of his pitches."

Henry County took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Peacock smacked a two-run home run. Peacock enjoyed a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4.

Greg Lindsey went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Alan Hanson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Josh Cagliani went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

T.J. Russo got Jonesboro's first hit as he ripped a double in the seventh inning. With two outs, Chris Smith collected an RBI double to score Russo.

"(Rozier) pitched really well and we struggled with the bats," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "I've got to hand it to them; they played really well."

Henry County, which is ranked No. 5 in this week's gabaseball.net Class AAAAA state poll, beat Jonesboro 7-6 on April 12. The teams had been battling for the No. 1 position in the region all season.

"It's our goal going in every year to win region but that's not easy to achieve," Campbell said. "I feel good about it because I feel like we haven't played our best ball yet."

Jonesboro travels to Warner Robins Wednesday to finish the season. Jonesboro is ranked No. 7 in this week's gabaseball.net poll.

In other baseball action:

n Eagle's Landing 11, Mt. Zion 1, five innings: Eagle's Landing beat Mt. Zion 11-1 in five innings to record its eighth-straight Region 2-AAAAA victory.

The victory puts the Golden Eagles into a tie with Stockbridge for fourth place in the region standings. Both teams are 11-6 in the region and will meet Wednesday at Stockbridge to close out the regular season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The winner of that game will clinch a spot in the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

In Monday's game, sophomore pitcher David Lane struck out three, allowed two hits and one earned run to improve his personal record to 3-0. Lane helped his own cause by going 3-for-4.

Luke Murton led the way at the plate, as he went 3-for-3 with four RBIs including a three-run home run.