By Nick Nunn
Last week, the C-Team Diamond Dogs beat Apalachee 15-5, before defeating Rockdale 8-1 and 14-0 in a double-header at the Morgan Diamond Day.
The C-Team finished with Apalachee in only five innings last Tuesday in Winder. Dakota Young and Gage Brown pitched for Morgan County, keeping Apalachee’s offensive potential to a minimum.
“We hit the ball very well,” said C-Team coach Dusty Hawkins after the Apalachee game. “I hope the hitting carries over.”
Coach Hawkins wasn’t disappointed last Saturday in the Dogs’ double-header against Rockdale at home.
“We preformed well in all phases of the game,” said Hawkins referring to the 8-1 and 14-0 victories. “Pitching in both games was tremendous and dominating. At the plate the players excelled and the base running was great.”
“I feel we playing at our best and having fun while doing so,” continued Hawkins. “Every player has been beneficial to our success and I couldn't be more proud of our team.”
The C-Team completes its schedule this Saturday with back-to-back games against Oconee County and Newton County during Oconee’s Diamond Day. The Dogs play Oconeee at 11 a.m. and Newton County at 1:15 p.m.
Printed in the April 11, 2013 edition.
T.S. Eliot described April as “the cruellest month,” attributing his decision to the natural progression of the season; Winter has thawed, which leaves us with a certain raw feeling as we patiently await the complete grip of Spring to redeem a true feeling of life both in nature and in us.
As I sit here on the first day of the month with the windows here in my home cracked because the day’s temperature has left the indoors a little warm for my blood, I’m tempted to believe that Spring has taken hold, even though I’ve been fooled this year already.
It is also opening day for the Braves, which reminds me of the game I caught on opening day about six years ago.
I swear the first game was during March that year. I was living in Atlanta and going to school at the time, so a good friend and I decided to buy a couple of tickets the day of the game and walk out to the stadium.
We knew it was supposed to get cool, so we took a jacket apiece with us to the game and found our seats, which were located far out in right field at Turner Field.
The sun set fast that night, and the wind began to whip up through the outfield and right to where we were sitting, or so it seemed.
Before long it was miserable, and the Braves trailed the entire game; by the sixth, we knew we were beat, but neither my friend nor I wanted to leave before it was over.
There was nothing redeeming about staying then and very little now.
After the game, we knew that we had to walk all the way back to North Avenue through the cold, but, for some reason, we didn’t want to get on MARTA, which would have taken us right there.
Maybe we didn’t have the money, I can’t remember, but we made the three miles back to our dorms slowly with our coats pulled up to our ears.
By Nick Nunn
Last week, the MCHS JV baseball team defeated Rockdale County, Eastside, Jackson High School for a perfect week in the diamond. These victories extend the JV team’s still perfect season to 11-0. The C-Team also won their sole game 8-6 against Washington-Wilkes.
The JV’s week began with a 15-5 victory over Rockdale County.
The Dogs were leading 6-1 going into the fourth inning, when Rockdale scored four to bring the game within a single run, but Morgan County responded to their advance, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth, Morgan County scored their 15th run, which ended the game 15-5 according to the 10-run mercy rule.
Against Eastside, Morgan County was trailing 2-5 after the fifth inning, despite loading the bases in the first four innings of the game.
The Dogs would come alive in the sixth inning, however, with the last three runs coming from a home run by Maclane Zant with runners on first and second.
After adding another two runs in the seventh inning, Morgan County came out ahead of Eastside 10-5.
In Morgan County’s 6-2 win over Jackson High School, Jackson scored their only two runs in the bottom of the first and then were silent at the plate.
The Dogs scored three runs in the top of the second to take a lead they would never relinquish. Another run in the third and two more in the seventh filled out the Dogs’ final score at 6-2.
“On the defensive side, we played flawlessly after the first inning,” said Coach Connelly. “In this game, the winner is determined a lot of times by who makes the fewest mistakes. Our defense has been solid all season, and today it helped us find a way to win even though we weren’t our best at the plate.”
By Nick Nunn
Last Saturday morning in downtown Madison, the Chick-fil-A Race Series held a 5K race and a one mile run/walk to benefit Madison’s Hand in Hand Ministries, Inc.
Hand in Hand Ministries, Inc., goal is “creating homes for developmentally and mentally challenged adults in Morgan County and surrounding counties, who either want to live ‘independently’ or whose families are unable to care for them,” according to their website, http://www.handinhandministries.com/
The funds raised by this year’s 5K race will be donated to Hand in Hand Ministries in memory of Scott Lee Mason, “one of those young adults whose dream was to move out of his parents’ home and live independently with others who shared the same dreams and challenges.”
One hundred sixty-four runners participated in the 5K Saturday morning and, in addition to an overall ranking, placement of the finishers was divided by gender and age grouping.
Daniel Pelvin placed first overall with a time of 16 minutes and 49 seconds. Amy Bartholomew placed first in the female division, finishing in 19 minutes and 56 seconds.
If you are interested in learning more about Hand in Hand Ministries or donating to their organization, please visit their website at http://www.handinhandministries.com/
Printed in the April 4, 2013 edition.