2017-03-16 / Sports

Diamondmen go 3-1 in week’s games boosting overall record to over .500


Senior hurler Ethan Ramos pitched a complete game against Greene County recording the win with eight strikeouts. 
Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME Senior hurler Ethan Ramos pitched a complete game against Greene County recording the win with eight strikeouts. Photos by SPARKY NEWSOME A successful week for the W-W baseball Tigers saw them strong at 3-1, boost their overall record to 7-6. At the halfway point in the season, Head Coach Drew Wilson says he is “proud of our guys for fighting hard in every game. But the second half of the season will be the tell-all for our bid to win a sub-region championship.”

That action started this week at home against GMC on Tuesday. (Press constraints prevented reporting on that game in this edition.) GMC is the only sub-region opponent the Tigers have yet to play and that outcome will have a definite bearing on the standings.

“I am still waiting for the team to step up and play a perfect game against a quality opponent,” Wilson said in looking ahead, “and there is no better time than against GMC on Tuesday to show our sub-region that we are a contender for the sub-region title. It has been a good first half, but I have higher expectations for the second half of the season, and I am excited to see what the remainder of the season has in store for us.”

Wilson’s comments on the week’s games, in reverse order follow.

McCormick, March 9 (18-0): Curt Gammon had an impressive day on the diamond. He received the win with five strikeouts and went an impressive 5-for-5 at the plate with a run batted in. Ethan Ramos was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and a walk. Gabriel Mills was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in. Wes Tanner was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in. Bailey Brock was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in, and Alex Lamar extended his hitting streak to nine games going 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.

“I thought we did a good job coming into a game against a weaker opponent and winning the game big. We did what we had to do when we play against teams that we know we should beat.”

Thomson, March 8 (3-7): Alex Lamar was the player of the game for his great performance on the mound. He was very efficient with his pitches. He recorded only two strikeouts, but he got a lot of ground balls and fly balls and made quick work on his way to a complete game against a solid Thomson team. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate. Ethan Ramos got the first RBI of the game with a sac fly in the sixth inning scoring D’Mytri Wiggs, and Curt Gammon followed Ethan with a two-RBI double the very next at bat. Sam Seay also had a good day at the plate going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

“I was disappointed about the outcome of this game because I thought Alex pitched well enough to receive the win. He was impressive to watch on the mound, and we were only two plays away from winning the game. There was a play, that I thought should have been made, in the second inning that would have prevented Thomson from scoring three runs. In the third inning we had a great chance to turn two on a per- fectly hit ground ball, but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and that led to Thomson scoring two more runs. If you were to take those five runs off the board, then we are on the field in the bottom of the seventh with a chance to win the game 3-2. This would have been a quality win that we could have added to our win total, but we just didn’t do enough to come home with the win.”

Greene County Game 2, March 7 (17-2): Curt Gammon had a very productive game at the plate going 1-for-2 with a walk, triple, and four runs batted in. Wes Tanner kept the hot bat from the first game going 2-for-3 with a double and a run batted in. Alex Lamar continued to hit the ball well going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, and was robbed on a hard hit line drive up the middle on a hit-and-run. If we didn’t have the steal on, then he would have gone 3-for-3 at the plate in game 2. Ethan Ramos continued to hit the ball well going 1-for-2 with a walk, and Donald Saggus went 1-for-1 while getting hit two times at the plate. Gabriel Mills got the start on the mound, but was taken out in the first inning because he was struggling to throw strikes.

“This was Gabe’s first time ever appearing on the mound in a high school game, and I expected him to have a better day on the mound based on how he has pitched in scrimmages, and bullpen sessions. I feel confident that he will regroup and be back up there at some point this year. Tad ­McAvoy came in and finished the game off getting the win while recording six strikeouts and giving up only one hit.

“I thought our guys did a good

Later this week the Tigers will host Lake Oconee on Friday and then travel to Johnson County on Monday before returning home to host Lincoln County on March 21. job coming out and taking care of business against a region opponent.”

Greene County Game 1, March 7 (16-1): Bailey Brock had a great game at the plate going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Ethan Ramos went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in. Alex Lamar continued his hot streak going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and a double. Wes Tanner recorded his first home run of the season on his way to a great game going 1-for-3 with three runs batted in. Hunter Brock had a good day going 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Ethan Ramos took care of the game on the mound pitching the complete game while recording eight strikeouts and attaining the win.

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