By Nick Nunn staff writer
After beating Clarke Central 10-6 at home on Monday, Feb. 17, to begin the 2014 season, the Morgan County High School varsity Diamond Dogs completed the first week of play with a 10-0 win at home against Oglethorpe County and a 3-6 loss against Rockdale County for the team’s first away game of the year.
Morgan County’s game against Oglethorpe began with a single run for the Dogs in the bottom of the first inning, when Max Wadsworth drove Cody Harper in with a sacrifice fly into left field.
The Dogs remained ahead 1-0 until the bottom of the third inning. Eli Zimmerman was the first Morgan County runner to reach home in the third, before Sam Couch hit a two-RBI double to make the score 4-0.
Drew Hale drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to put Morgan County up 5-0 going into the fourth. The fourth inning saw four more runs from the Diamond Dogs.
Brantley Frost hammered a three-run double before scoring on a single by Ross Kirkpatrick. The game ending run came early in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Austin Rapier was able to drive in Luke Zimmerman from third base.
Clark Owen pitched the first four innings of the shutout against Oglethorpe, allowing only two hits against the 15 batters that he faced, walking one and striking out eight.
Ryan Burden came to finish out the game in the top of the fifth, striking out two of the batters that he faced. In Rockdale County on Friday, Feb. 21, the Dogs got off to a good start in the top of the first.
Burden drove in Wadsworth and Frost for the first two Morgan County runs of the game. Owen then scored on a passed ball to give the Diamond Dogs a 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Rockdale was able to earn four runs in the bottom of the first, and Morgan County faced a 3-4 deficit that it would never be able to overcome.
Despite getting four additional runners into scoring position in the final innings, the Dogs were not able to convert their position into runs.
Rockdale then scored two more runs in the fourth to make their lead 6-4, which despite Morgan County’s efforts, remained the final score of the game. Wadsworth pitched the first three innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.
He struck out one batter but allowed no runners to reach base on balls. Drew Hale then took to the mound for the fourth and fifth innings. Hale allowed two runs on five hits as well.
Frost finished the game for the Dogs after facing only three Rockdale batters. On Monday, Feb. 24, the Dogs played against Clarke Central for the second time of the year.
This Saturday, March 1, Morgan County will host Lamar County at home for a doubleheader. The first game will begin at 1 p.m. and the second game at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, the Dogs will then host Rockdale, playing at 5:55 p.m.