The Apalachee High School baseball team ventured a long way from home over the weekend and returned with a doubleheader split against Islands High School of Savannah.
AHS fell 3-2 in eight innings in the opener before cruising to a 16-1 victory in five inning in the nightcap. The Wildcats are set to return to Region 8-AAAAA battles Wednesday (today) and Friday against Salem.
In the first game Saturday, neither team managed to score through six innings when AHS pushed two runs across in the top of the seventh. Islands managed to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning before scoring the game-winning run in the eighth.
Tyler Adams pitched well for coach Mike Cavey despite the team’s loss.
In the second game, Jacob Campbell went four innings throwing “really well,” Cavey said before Justin Stevens closed the door in the final inning.
Despite scoring 16 runs in the second game, AHS did not have any homers as the doubleheader was played in a large ballpark.
“Everyone hit well in the second game,” Cavey said. “We had chances to score in the first game that we didn’t take advantage of. We were one pitch away from winning but Islands is a scrappy group.”
Austin Leazer, Chance Rodriguez and Adams all had a productive pair of games at the plate.
Looking ahead, Cavey said the series with Salem is key for his team. Despite being swept by Gainesville last week, the Wildcats believe they still have a legitimate chance at being one of the top four teams from 8-AAAAA.
“We had Gainesville beat in the first game,” Cavey said. “We also played them well at our place. We have to treat those games as a stepping stone. It is already shaping up to be a crazy region. In the first game against Gainesville, we were flawless defensively, but they stepped up like good teams do.”
AHS traveled to Archer Tuesday falling 8-5 in non-region play.