The Winder-Barrow High School baseball team has taken care of business in terms of region foes to this point in the 2014 season.
Monday’s 10-0 win in five innings against visiting Salem High School pushed the Bulldoggs to 4-0 in 8-AAAAA as they have outscored their region foes 65-2. The victory at Charles W. Maddox Complex earlier this week was the second win against Salem as WBHS defeated the Seminoles 14-1 Friday.
Cole Baggett pitched another strong outing Monday going all five innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed only two hits and needed 84 pitches to seal the region win.
“Cole has been very effective,” Bulldogg coach Brian Smith said after the game. “He has gotten better with his changeup this year. He didn’t have that last year and, as a result, it has made his fastball even more effective.”
Baggett is now 5-0 this season and other than a homer against Evans, has not allowed any runs.
WBHS (10-4 overall) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning Monday. Bailey Hawkins had a leadoff single. Baggett then reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second and third. Christian Hodge connected for an RBI single, bringing home the first run of the afternoon for the Bulldoggs.
Aaron Gonzalez, who was the starting catcher for the game, also had an RBI single. WBHS left two runners on base in the inning.
Smith’s team pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the second. A sacrifice fly by Hawkins drove in one run while Hunter Jackson raced across home plate after a Salem wild pitch.
Baggett meanwhile was cruising along on the pitcher’s mound for WBHS. After allowing a leadoff walk in the top of the first, Baggett recorded three strikeouts. He then put Salem down in order in both the second and third innings.
The Bulldogg bats went quietly in the bottom of the third but sealed the deal with six runs in the fourth.
Cameron Whaley, who started the fourth with a doyble, would eventually score when Tyler Hamrick struck out but reached first on a throwing error.
Jackson, who drove Hamrick home with an RBI single, later scored on another wild pitch.
Beau Hannah walked to lead the bases and Gonzalez delivered another RBI to score Baggett, who had also walked earlier in the inning.
A two-run double by Alex Childers would give WBHS enough runs to end the game earlier after Baggett worked the top of the fifth.
Heritage is on deck for the Diamond Doggs. The team were set to meet Wednesday (today) in Conyers and will then play Friday in Winder at
Smith knows the Patriots will be a tough foe.
“They will be good,” the WBHS coach said. “They are a scrappy team. For us, we’ve been solid throughout our lineup and we will need for that to continue. We have also benefited from solid pitching and that’s what you have to have in region play.”