By Anthony Rhoads
It's been a good year so far for the Luella Lions baseball team.
The Lions have a 17-3 overall record, are currently first place in the Region 3-AAAA North standings with a 7-2 league record and are the No. 4-ranked Class AAAA team in this week's gasports.com poll.
In the next few years, that kind of success might be expected as Luella's ninth grade and junior varsity squads have done well this season.
Luella's ninth-grade team won the South Metro League championship and the junior varsity team finished as runners-up to Henry County for the league title.
"We've got a lot of talented young kids," Luella head coach Andy Cooper said. "I'm looking forward to those guys working their way up. We've got some j.v. and freshman guys who can really play."
Region 3-AAAA teams gunning for playoff spots: Henry County teams have definitely made their presence known in Region 3-AAAA North. While Luella is in first place in the sub-region standings, Eagle's Landing is in second place (5-2) and Henry is in third (5-3).
Luella beat Stockbridge 6-4 Monday and plays at Eagle's Landing Thursday. Eagle's Landing beat Henry County 8-7 Monday. Eagle's Landing plays at Griffin today while Henry County plays host to Dutchtown. Henry County, ranked No. 10 in the gasports.com poll and No. 5 in the Georgia Dugout Club poll, plays at Stockbridge Thursday and Jonesboro in non-region action at home Saturday.
A good week for Union Grove: The Union Grove Wolverines went on a three-game winning streak last week starting with a 6-5 victory over Lovejoy Monday. Wednesday, they knocked off East Coweta, last year's Class AAAAA runner-up, 8-7. They closed out the week on Friday by upsetting Fayette County, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAA, 10-8.
Union Grove win streak came to an end this Monday with a 3-2 loss at Newnan. Union Grove is 10-7 overall, and 4-2 in region play.
Union Grove plays at Region 4-AAAAA rival Starr's Mill Wednesday.
ELCA contending for a post-season spot: The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers (10-7, 4-3) moved into fourth place in Region with a 9-0 victory at Whitefield Academy Tuesday.
"I was pleased with the effort today," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "Our guys are in playoff mode. Every game is a playoff now. With all the things that have happened this year, to be in a playoff position in special right now. We're not taking it lightly."
Zach Werho had a perfect day at the plate as he went 3-for-3 with a double.
Christian White went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. White also was the starting pitcher, striking out five in five innings.
Brian Satterfield pitched the final two innings.
The Chargers play at Mt. Zion-Carroll Thursday. Last week, ELCA beat Mt. Zion 17-0.