Diamond Dogs win three of four
By Greg Sullivan
The Diamond Dogs returned from their tournament trip to Oconee County last week with some good results, picking up three wins in four contests.
"I was really pleased with our pitching throughout the weekend," said Diamond Dogs Head Coach Brandon Patch. "And our defense was improved."
The team started off on the right foot, beating Monroe Area last week 11-6 behind five strong innings from pitcher Clay Duvall.
The Dogs also got a boost from a six-run fifth inning. Offensive leaders were J.D. Hawkins, who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, and Dusty Mines who went 4 for 4.
The wins continued on Friday as the Dogs handled Hebron Christian 8-1.
Drew Stapleton picked up the win after a solid six inning outing.
The Dogs' lone loss in last week's action was a game that was called short against West Forsyth due to time limits. The team lost 12-9, despite putting seven runs in the fifth inning before time was called, stifling their rally.
The Dogs got things going in the right direction again on Sunday when they picked up a 6-2 win over Oglethorpe, a team that had Morgan County's number in the spring.
Caleb and Clay Duvall combined for a three-hitter in the win. Caleb went five innings, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits.
Clay Duvall allowed just one hit in his two innings of relief.
Also, notably, the Dogs only gave up one error combined in the course of their three wins.
The team heads to Rome next weekend for another tournament which Patch said should put his team to the test.
"We're really excited and I'm excited about it," he said of the looming trip. "I look forward to the competition."