The Morgan County High School Diamond Dogs let Athens Christian’s bats explode early leading to a 17-3 loss in their first game of the season last Friday. Athens Christian scored the runs off 12 hits with no errors.
Morgan County’s Triston Stapp started the game for the Dogs and surrendered eight runs on eight hits in two innings, striking out three and walking one. Morgan’s Michael Tamasi and Maddox Smith relieved Stapp, going two and two thirds inning and one-third inning respectively.
Despite the rough start, Morgan County Head Coach Merritt Ainslie said the loss was a team effort and he praised Stapp’s outing. “He pitched well. We had five errors behind him and it snowballed from there. We got down 10-3 before we could blink.”
Morgan County had a bright spot in the game with a three-run homer by Senior Ethan Stamps.
Will Harper led the Dogs at the plate with two hits in two at bats.
On Monday the Dogs fared better against Mary Persons in Forsyth. With Stamps getting the start, the Dogs managed a 2-0 win with Stamps throwing the shutout with eight strike outs. Stamps gave up five hits in the contest. Michael Arienzo, Seth Robertson and Will Harper all led the Dogs at the plate with one hit each.
Mary Persons, an elite 8 AAAA team last year, started University of Georgia signee Tripp Moore. Moore struck out 10 and, Ainslie said, the game was a “classic pitcher’s duel.”
“We had to play small ball against them,” Ainslie said. Stamps, Ainslie said, was motivated against Mary Persons and Moore, who allowed three hits and two runs with one walk.
“He wanted the game,” Ainslie said of his senior pitcher. “He wanted the ball. He did well.”