Locust Grove 8, Dutchtown 7: The Wildcats came back from a 5-0 deficit for a crucial Region 4-AAAA win at home Monday.
“Dutchtown is a good team,” Locust Grove coach Stephen Phillips said. “Very well-coached. It was definitely a true battle between what I feel like are two good teams.”
Locust Grove (3-2, 3-0 Region 4-AAAA) fell behind early as starting pitcher Tyler Sellers struggled and Dutchtown starter Riley Presnell cruised.
But the Wildcats got four runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 5-4. When Dutchtown (2-3, 1-1) added a run in the top of the fifth, Locust Grove answered with two in the bottom of the inning to tie it at 6-6.
The Wildcats took their first lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off a seventh-inning Dutchtown rally.
Locust Grove’s Tyler Duncan came on in relief of Sellers and pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowed one earned run on no hits and struck out seven.
Junior outfielder Cortez McDowell went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, John Shoemaker was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Dalton Kuhn was 1-for-3 with two runs.
Dutchtown was led by Jeremy Arrington (1-for-3 with an RBI), Sam Kim (1-for-1 with a double) and Khalil Parks (1-for-3, RBI, stolen base).
Spalding 7, Jonesboro 4: The Cardinals dropped their second straight, albeit against good competition. Spalding, just two years removed from a state runner-up finish in Class AAA, held off a late Jonesboro rally. The Jaguars are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2009 season. Jonesboro travels to Stockbridge Wednesday, looking to avoid its first 0-3 start in 10 years.
Ola 13, Creekside 1: Jaret Hellinger tossed six strikeouts in three innings pitched to pick up the win for the Mustangs. Ryan John went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBIs. Carter Perkins hit a three-run homer to help push Ola to 5-1 — its best start since the 2011 state playoff team.