By Jeffery Armstrong and Anthony Rhoads
New Mundy's Mill Tigers head baseball coach Patrick Smith has turned around the fortunes of the third-year baseball team. The Tigers beat the Riverdale Raiders 9-4 on March 24 for a 4-7 record at the time; Mundy's Mill went 1-51 during the team's first two years of existence.
Road trips: Several area baseball teams are on trips this week during spring break. Jonesboro is in Florida, Eagle's Landing is at Disney World playing in a tournament and Eagle's Landing Christian Academy is in Savannah.
Second-year teams aren't supposed to play like this: The Luella baseball team is on a fast track to success.
In the team's first season last year, the Lions qualified for the Class AAA state playoffs.
This season, they got bumped up to Class AAAA and have made more than a smooth transition.
The Lions are 11-2 and are ranked No. 2 in this week's gasports.com state coaches poll and are tied for fourth in the Georgia Dugout Club poll.
Luella plays at Dutchtown Friday at 5:30 p.m. and at Stockbridge Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lions then play host to Griffin Monday for a key Region 3-AAAA contest. Griffin is currently ranked sixth in the gasports.com poll.
Out for awhile: Henry County sophomore Jason Heyward injured his knee earlier this week in batting practice. Henry County head coach Troy Baker said Heyward will be out indefinitely.
Getting it done at the plate and on the mound: In Monday's 18-4 victory over Dutchtown, Henry County senior Matt Clark smacked a three-run home run to help lead the Warhawks to the win.
In Tuesday's 10-0 victory over Stockbridge, Clark struck out five and allowed two hits in the Region 3-AAAAA victory over the Tigers.
First road win: Henry County has gone 6-1 after starting the season at 0-4.
Even though the Warhawks are on a hot streak, they did something Monday they hadn't done all season - they won on the road.
Hitting their way to victories: The key to Henry County's being successful this season is simple - hitting the ball. The Warhawks win when they get six or more hits in a game but in all their losses, they have gotten fewer than six hits.
Double duty: Henry County has a busy day Friday.
The Warhawks play at Union Grove at 1 p.m. in a make-up game and then play host to Martin Luther King at 5:30 p.m. in another make-up game.
Best of friends: Dutchtown head baseball coach Stephen Phillips and Stockbridge head baseball coach Ronnie Boggs are very good friends and go way back.
They played baseball together at the University of West Alabama, where Boggs was the catcher and Phillips played in the outfield, and they were also roommates in college.
So it was natural that when Phillips was closing on a home, he and his family stayed with Boggs and his family for about eight months until they were able to get their new home recently. Stockbridge beat Dutchtown 14-6 on March 30 and for Boggs it was a little bittersweet to beat his good friend.
"Once we get on the field, we want to win against each other, no doubt," Boggs said. "Before and after the game, the friendship is definitely strong."