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Bulldoggs play weekend road series in Evans

POSTED: February 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Senior catcher Christian Hodge had a walkoff hit last Friday evening to give the Winder-Barrow baseball team a 2-1 victory over Lakeside-Evans on the Bulldoggs’ first night of action in the Diamond Days round-robin tournament at the Evans High School field.

Coach Brian Smith’s Doggs did not fare so well in their two games Saturday, falling 7-1 to Effingham County and 7-0 to host Evans.

All three teams are members of Region 2-AAAAA.

Hodge, Aaron Gonzalez and Bailey Hawkins shared pitching duties in the first game, with Hawkins picking up the victory in late-inning relief.

Pike Lynn and Tyler Hamrick handled the pitching chores in the second game, with Hamrick absorbing the loss, while Hawkins took the loss in the third game.

The Bulldoggs, now 2-2 for the young season, make the trip to the Diamond Days tournament annually to get a feel for a playoff scenario, playing three games in two days and staying overnight in a motel.

The Doggs will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Danielsville for a rematch with Class AAAA Madison County, which they nipped 1-0 in their season-opener Feb. 18.

Winder-Barrow will host Class AAAAAA Tift County Saturday evening at the Charles W. Maddox Baseball/Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 7 p.m.

"You won’t see us using our best pitchers for a whole game in the next few contests," Smith said. "We’re going to work on some things that will help us down the road.

"We’ve got a pretty competitive schedule before region play begins," Smith said.

Besides the games with Madison County, a former member of Winder-Barrow’s region, and Tift County, the Doggs have games remaining with Class AAAAAA Dacula (twice), Greenbrier, the defending Class AAAAA state champion, and South Forsyth.

Region play will begin March 17 against Cedar Shoals.

 

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