The Winder-Barrow High School baseball team set the tone early in Monday’s game with Dacula High School.
The Diamond Doggs improved to 4-3 overall with an 11-0 non-region victory against the visiting Falcons during a cold afternoon at Charles W. Maddox Complex.
WBHS scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and had a no-hit combo from pitchers Cole Baggett and Bailey Hawkins.
Alex Childers started the first inning for coach Brian Smith’s team by reaching on an error. Hunter Jackson then reached on a fielder’s choice. Baggett then singled and Jackson then reached home on an outfield error.
After a walk to Christian Hodge, Beau Hannah connected for a two-run double. Aaron Gonzalez, who got the start behind the plate for WBHS Monday, reached base on an error. Zach Duym was then called on to courtesy run for Gonzalez.
Hawkins then drilled a two-run triple to give the Bulldoggs an early 6-0 lead. Hawkins also pitched the final two innings of Monday’s contest, preserving the no-hitter.
“The windy conditions were tough,” coach Brian Smith said. “We dealt with the wind a lot last season but it hadn’t been too much of a factor until today this season. It was tough playing conditions.”
Dacula has struggled in games this season, due partly to having a young squad. The Falcons also lost to Apalachee High School earlier this year and will face the Wildcats Friday.
WBHS, who was coming off a 7-2 loss to Tift County Saturday, will host Greenbrier High School Saturday at 2 p.m. and South Forsyth Tuesday beginning at 5:55 p.m.