By R. Alan Richardson
After several days of rainouts on the diamond, the Morgan County Bulldogs’ baseball team found enough rays of sunshine over the weekend to host Mary Persons, North Oconee, and Grovetown. Friday they faced the Bulldogs of Mary Persons falling 8-3 before getting in a doubleheader Saturday. They lost to the Titans of North Oconee in an afternoon contest 12-4 before closing out the evening with a 12-6 loss to the Warriors of Grovetown.
The Bulldogs are playing larger schools in many of their non-region games with Mary Persons and North Oconee both competing in AAAA while Grovetown is in AAAAAA. This will only sharpen them up for the 8-AAA schedule that opens on Mar. 3 vs. Hart County.
Mary Person threw a tough righty on Friday who had the Bulldogs flustered at the plate with a nasty curve and sneaky fast ball. The Dogs struck out 10 times on the evening. One bright spot at the plate was Brandyn Batchelor who went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. The fifth inning zinger to the left centerfield fence drove in two runs.
In the North Oconee game Saturday afternoon, the hitters got another strong right-hander from the Titans. He too gave the Dogs a steady diet of curveballs that they could not get into a rhythm against. It was another tough outing at the plate with MOCO only finding five hits over seven innings. Coach Merritt Ainslie is using a lot of young pitching talent to try and figure out what his starting rotation and bullpen will eventually look like
Details of the Grovetown loss were unavailable.
Saturday morning the MCHS C-Team of mostly eighth and ninth graders also played North Oconee coming up short 12-2.