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Wilcox and Fullington baseball teams add late-season wins

From Staff Reports

Wilcox run-rules Echols to stay in playoff hunt

The Wilcox County High School baseball team closed out region play with an 11-0 win over Echols County in Rochelle on Thursday night.

The Patriots put the first two runs of the game on the board during the bottom of the first frame when Rhett Davis hit a two-run single that scored Brock White and Branson Owens.

Wilcox added three runs in the bottom of the third thanks to some defensive mistakes from Echols that allowed Davis, Clark Gaines and Lagan Luke to make it to home plate.

The Patriots then piled on six runs in the bottom of the fourth to finish out the scoring on the day. White, Luke, Bo Keene, and Cameron Coleman picked up RBIs in the inning to contribute to the scoring.

Gaines pitched all five innings for Wilcox in the run-rule shortened win and allowed just one hit while striking out five batters.

Batting lineup stats for the Patriots in the contest were as follows: Cameron Patterson- one hit and one run; White- two hits, one walk, one RBI, and two runs; Owens- one hit, one walk, and two runs scored; Davis- three hits, two RBIs, and two runs; Gaines- one hit and one walk; Luke- one walk, two RBIs, and two runs; Keene- one RBI and one run scored; Coleman- one hit and one RBI; Trace Jones- one hit by pitch.

The Patriots brought their overall record to 9-10 with the victory, and they finished the regular season at 8-8 in region play.

As of Thursday night’s results from around class A, the Patriots were at number 23 in the playoff power rankings, meaning they would be in the state tournament as things stood. The bracket and rankings are still to be finalized on Monday, with several teams having games remaining on the schedule before next week, so the Patriots still await confirmation on their playoff fate.

 

Fullington holds off John Hancock in high-scoring contest

Fullington Academy’s baseball team defeated John Hancock Academy 18-15 in a high-scoring contest in Pinehurst on Tuesday afternoon.

The host Trojans had jumped out to an 11-1 lead after the first two innings, before JHA came fighting back to make the score 11-10 after the top of the third. From there, Fullington outscored John Hancock 7-5 over the remainder of the contest to hold on for the 18-15 win on their senior night.

The Trojans scored in every inning other than the first and the fourth on their way to the 18 total scores on 20 hits.

Every player in the Trojan starting lineup recorded at least one hit in the contest, with Avery Scarboro leading the way with four hits and five RBIs.

Other Fullington final offensive stats from the win: Jack McLeod- two hits and one RBI; Chase Smith- two hits, one walk, and one run scored; Carson Godfrey- three hits and three runs scored; Hunter Hughes- two hits, two walks, one RBI, and four runs; Josh Hendrix- one hit, one walk, four RBIs, and one run; Trey Miller- two hits, three RBIs, and one run; Blake Worley- two hits, one RBI, and one run; Brooks Hendrix- two hits, one walk, one RBI, and two runs scored.

With the win, Fullington moved to 6-11 overall on the season.

The Trojans are scheduled for two games next week. On Monday, Fullington is scheduled to host Central Fellowship Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m., and following that they will host Crisp Academy on Wednesday, also at 4:30.