Photo by Brian Paglia / Dutchtown starting pitcher Jeremy Arrington throws during the second inning of the Bulldogs’ 6-3 victory at Woodland in a Region 4-AAAA game Friday.
Locust Grove baseball’s sloppy 8-6 victory over Stockbridge in a Region 4-AAAA game gave Wildcats coach Stephen Phillips his 100th career win.
All of Phillips’ wins have come in Henry County — 45 at Locust Grove and 55 at Dutchtown. Phillips started both programs when the schools opened.
“After going 1-22 that first year with Dutchtown, I didn’t think this day would come,” Phillips said.
It came despite Locust Grove (2-1, 2-0 Region 4-AAAA) struggling early on the mound and making errors at critical times.
But Ty Plumley came in to pitch in the fourth inning and settled things down. He allowed just one run and struck out eight to earn the save.
John Shoemaker led Locust Grove with a 2-for-3 night, while Tyler Duncan was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the fourth to give the Wildcats a 6-5 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Dutchtown 6, Woodland 3
Jeremy Arrington threw five strong innings and drove in a run to lead the Bulldogs to a win on the road in their Region 4-AAAA opener.
Arrington gave up three runs and struck out four to get the win. Kendrick Winston followed with an inning of relief and Riley Presnell came on in the sixth to get the save.
Michael Warren led Dutchtown (2-2, 1-0 Region 4-AAAA) at the plate going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jesse Christensen went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, Sam Kim went 1-for-2 with an RBI and stolen base and Keileen Walters added another stolen base.
Mundy’s Mill 12, Mount Zion 2
Sophomore Jordan Robinson picked up the win after throwing four strikeouts and giving up three hits in four innings for the Tigers in the Region 4-AAAAA opener.
Outflielder Raheem Jackson had two hits in two at-bats and got three stolen bases. He also hit two RBIs in the five-inning game..
This was also the first game of the season for Mundy’s Mill, which had to postpone its first two games because of rain.
Mundy’s Mill coach Patrick Smith said the team seems to have solidified its catcher position after freshman Patrick Crutchfield had two hits and an RBI in the win. Crutchfield joined the varsity squad on Thursday after being slated to play on JV.
Lovejoy 8, Tri-Cities 0
Drew Nicholson threw a complete game shutout to earn the non-region win on Friday.
Nicholson recorded 13 strikeouts and gave up only two hits. Offensively, the Wildcats scored eight runs on seven hits and benefitted from five walks.
Lovejoy plays its first Region 2-AAAAAA game on Tuesday when it travels to DeKalb County to take on Druid Hills.
Riverdale 15, Eagle's Landing 14, 8 inns.
The Raiders came back from 9-1 and 11-2 deficits to get an extra-inning Region 4-AAAA victory at home.
Riverdale led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk, stole second and then scored on an error for the walk-off win.
Union Grove 10, Creekside 0
Nikki LeFevre had four goals to lead the Lady Wolverines to a Region 4-AAAAA victory on the road.