Mundy's Mill baseball coach Patrick Smith
Mundy’s Mill took a big step toward capturing second place in Region 4-AAAA with an 8-5 come-from-behind win against the first-place Wildcats on the road.
Mundy’s Mill (15-6, 14-2) dealt Lovejoy (18-4, 16-1) its first region loss and stayed a half-game ahead of Jonesboro in the region standings. The Tigers have won 12 straight games.
Tigers pitcher Corey Harmon got the win by doing damage control.
After Mundy’s Mill scored twice in the top of the first, Lovejoy scored four runs on five walks against Tigers starter Jerek Wright in the bottom half of the inning for a 4-2 lead. Harmon came on in relief and pitched the rest of the way, allowing just one run over six innings.
Mundy’s Mill took the lead in the sixth inning, exploding for six runs. Harmon also led the Tigers offensively, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBI, including a three-run home run. Matt Wilson went 2-for-3.
Jonesboro 11, North Clayton 3
The Cardinals cruised to an easy Region 4-AAAA victory on the road.
Dustin Boggs earned the win for Jonesboro (17-4, 13-2).
Starr’s Mill 2, Union Grove 1
With an eye toward the region playoffs next week, the Wolverines rested all but two starters and lost a close non-region game.
Union Grove (17-6, 10-2) will play Northgate in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the best-of-three series to decide the Region 3-AAAA championship.
Friday night was a chance to look into the future. Kyle Spinks, a sophomore, got the start and pitched 5 2/3 innings. Freshman outfielder Josh Peters threw a runner out at the plate. Freshman infielder Casey Selfe got a hit and turned a double-play.
“We played a great baseball game,” Union Grove coach Allen Franklin said. “Got great pitching. Our young guys played great, and that’s a good thing for the future.”
Luella 13, Newnan 2
The Lions got a big night from their seniors on Senior Night and clinched the Region 2-AAAAA championship with a 13-2 victory in six innings over Newan on Friday.
Despite going down 2-0 in the top of the first, senior third baseman Chase Scott got things going for Luella (17-6, 13-1) with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Seniors Vincent Jackson and Eric Pape and sophomore John Goodman each followed with doubles, and Terrance Worthy hit a single, and the Lions went up 4-2 and never looked back.
It’s Luella’s first region championship since 2009, and third overall.
“I felt like we really had some of our seniors step up tonight,” Luella coach Andy Cooper said. “The momentum really wasn’t going our way, but [Scott’s home run] changed the momentum a little bit.”
Senior Matt Kelley earned the win. He pitched five innings, gave up three hits and two runs (both unearned), while striking out seven.
Scott led Luella offensively, finishing 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI. Jackson finished 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, while D.J. Carlisle went 2-for-4 with a triple.
McIntosh 3, Union Grove 0
The Lady Wolverines lost to McIntosh in the semifinals of the Region 3-AAAA playoffs for the second straight season.
The Lady Wolverines (14-1-1) will host Starr’s Mill on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the region consolation game to determine the third and fourth seed in the state tournament.
“These girls in particular hate to lose. They obviously know McIntosh is a good program and good team. They knew it was going to be a tough game,” Union Grove coach Cody Guined said. “I don’t think they’re down, but they’re upset they lost. We believe things happen for a reason, and we move on from them.”
No. 2-ranked McIntosh (15-1-1) struck early, scoring in the 5th minute, and never looked back. The Lady Indians scored all three of their goals in the first half.
Union Grove made adjustments in the second half and held McIntosh scoreless, but that only left the Lady Wolverines to wonder what if — what if they’d played in the first half as they did the second half?
“They definitely made the corrections in the second half,” Guined said. “If we played the way we played in the second half, we could be talking about a different ballgame.”
— Brian Paglia