The Winder-Barrow High School baseball team has rebounded quite nicely from its 12-inning loss to Loganville High School in the Region 8-AAAAA opener.
Since that game on March 16, the Diamond Doggs have defeated LHS in a rematch and swept Lanier High School to improve to 3-1 against region foes.
The most recent victory came Monday as WBHS took a 10-0 win against the Longhorns at Charles W. Maddox Complex. WBHS will look to continue its successful start to 8-AAAAA play with a Wednesday/Friday series against Apalachee High School, who is 2-2 in 8-AAAAA. Aaron Gonzalez pitched effectively Monday against Lanier allowing just two hits while throwing only 58 pitches in six innings of work.
Coach Brian Smith was thankful the teams were able to play Monday. A day of rain on Sunday had the field soaked but it was made playable by game time the following afternoon.
“That helps us with our pitching rotation for later in the week,” Smith said. “Now Aaron could come back on Friday if we need him. Had we not played this game until Tuesday that would have been tougher.”
The WBHS offense had 10 hits and used a five-run bottom of the sixth inning to mercy rule Lanier. The Bulldoggs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Cole Baggett.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when the Bulldoggs added their second run on an RBI single by Zack Duym. WBHS was able to gain a little breathing space with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
A leadoff single by Tony Matos was followed by walk to Beau Hanna. Gonzalez reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third with one out. Baggett reached on an error to score Matos and then Pike Lynn, who was running for Gonzalez, was balked home. A sacrifice fly by Will Hardigree brought Baggett in for the fifth run of the game.
Smith saw his team add five more in the bottom of the sixth. Bailey Hawkins delivered a two-run double and later reached home himself on a wild pitch. Matos scored when Hanna reached on an eror and a walk to Hardigree would eventually score the 10th and final run.
WBHS will make the short trek to AHS Wednesday (today) before hosting the Wildcats Friday. Both games will begin at 5:55 p.m. as the Diamond Doggs hope to be 5-1 in region play by the end of the week.