Varsity Diamond Dogs drop series to Oconee County, now 3-3 after two weeks of region competition

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By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County High School varsity Diamond Dogs dropped two region games to the Oconee County Warriors before being rained out against Hart County on Monday, April 7. The two losses to Oconee County drop the Dogs to a 3-3 record in the region and a 11-7 record overall.

Morgan County began their series against Oconee County last Wednesday, April 2, at home with a 2-11 loss to the Warriors.

Oconee County put together six runs in the first four innings before Morgan County was able to get its first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth.

Maclane Zant led off the inning with a single to left field, and Max Wadsworth was able to drive Zant home with a double hit deep into right fielder’s territory.

The Warriors responded with a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 10-1 in their favor.

The Dogs earned their second and final run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ross Kirkpatrick scored on an RBI by Clark Owen.

Morgan County wasn’t able to mount a comeback in the final innings, while Oconee tied on a final run in the sixth to make the final score 11-2 in their favor.

Brantley Frost pitched the first three innings of the game for the Dogs, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and striking out one Warrior batter.

Drew Hale pitched the next one and one-third innings, giving up four earned runs on three hits while walking two batters and striking out two.

Luke Zimmerman finished the game for Morgan County giving up two earned runs on three hits, striking out three batters and walking two batters.

The Dogs traveled to Watkinsville last Friday to play against the Warriors, who won the game 7-4 over Morgan County.

Morgan County’s batters showed Oconee from the very first frame that they weren’t going to give in easily, battling against the Warriors’ pitcher and earning a run on an RBI single by Maclane Zant to go ahead of Oconee County 1-0.

The Dogs held onto their lead until the bottom of the second inning, when a solo home run by a Warrior batter tied the game 1-1.

Oconee County’s batters created a total of six unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to put Morgan County in a 1-7 hole.

The Dogs’ fought in the top of the fifth inning to push two more runs across the plate. An RBI double by Jon Milledge Wells and a sacrifice by Dakota Young decreased the Warriors’ lead to 7-3 after the fifth inning.

Morgan County held the Warriors at bay in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, while taking on another run in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Max Wadsworth.

With only the top of the seventh inning left to overcome a 4-7 deficit, the Dogs were not able to create any offensive momentum, losing to Oconee County for the second game of the series.

The Dogs were slated to take on Hart County in Hartwell last Monday, April 7, but the rains postponed the games until Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Dogs took on Hart County at home for the second game of the series.

This Friday, Morgan County will travel to Elbert County to take on the Blue Devils, who will then come to Morgan County to play next Monday, April 14, at 5:55 p.m.

Drew Hale swings at a pitch.  photos by jesse walker

Drew Hale swings at a pitch. photos by jesse walker

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