2010-03-25 / Sports

Tigers lead region, face Glascock Friday

The Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School varsity baseball team includes (front, l-r) Whit Winfrey, Tom Saggus, Robert McGill, David Martin, Brian Hardigree, James McAvoy, (back) Coach Rob Jackson, Rodney Bowling, Trey McAvoy, DJ Barnett, Zack Murray, Corey Murray, Trent Martin, and Coach Donny Swinson. The Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School varsity baseball team includes (front, l-r) Whit Winfrey, Tom Saggus, Robert McGill, David Martin, Brian Hardigree, James McAvoy, (back) Coach Rob Jackson, Rodney Bowling, Trey McAvoy, DJ Barnett, Zack Murray, Corey Murray, Trent Martin, and Coach Donny Swinson. The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team is sitting comfortably atop the Region 4A standings at 3-0 after last week’s wins over Lincoln County and GMC. A Saturday loss to AAA Thomson was inconsequential as the region goes although a little disheartening otherwise.

On Tuesday, March 16, in Lincolnton, the Tigers bested the Red Devils 6-2 to give Zach Murray (2-0) his second win of the young season. Trey McAvoy picked up a save (his second) in relief. Both also contributed to the offensive attack with doubles at the plate.

D.J. Barnett led the hitting for W-W going 3-for-4 while David Martin (1-1), Brian Hargigree (1- 4), Trent Martin (1-4), and Whit Winfrey (1-4) also scored hits for the Tigers.

The Tiger Junior Varsity baseball team includes (front, l-r) Kohen Wolfe, David Martin, Charlie McAvoy, Blake Connell, Gold Walton, Justin Cronic, (back) Coach Robert Wheeler, Jarrett Gaye, Corey Murray, Clay Johnson, DJ King, and Brian Hardigree. The Tiger Junior Varsity baseball team includes (front, l-r) Kohen Wolfe, David Martin, Charlie McAvoy, Blake Connell, Gold Walton, Justin Cronic, (back) Coach Robert Wheeler, Jarrett Gaye, Corey Murray, Clay Johnson, DJ King, and Brian Hardigree. Friday’s win over GMC came even easier for W-W as the team cruised to an 8-1 victory at the Bulldogs’ expense. McAvoy struck out a dozen batters in six scoreless innings of work, picking up the win for the Tigers and evening his own season record at 2-2. Barnett pitched the seventh inning when GMC’s only run (unearned) crossed the plate.

Hardigree was the offensive standout with four RBI for W-W during the outing. Others collecting hits were Trent Martin (2-3), Robert McGill (2-4, 2sb), Barnett (1-2, 2b), Murray (1-2, 2b), and David Martin (1-4).

Another bunch of Bulldogs at Thomson on Saturday proved to be much tougher than the breed from GMC. The Tigers managed to get only one hit against Thomson’s starting pitcher, Nick Rau, who struck out 10 en route to the mercyrule shortened five-inning game. And in the other half of the innings, Bulldog batters stroked three home runs against W-W.

Barnett was the only Tiger to get a hit and he also suffered the loss on the mound, his first of the season.

This Friday, March 26, the Tigers will travel to Glascock County (3- 1) for their fifth region game of the year. Tuesday’s (March 23) game against winless Hancock Central will be reported as soon as results are available.

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