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Screven powers past Statesboro

Screven powers past Statesboro

Screven powers past Statesboro

SYLVANIA - After a shaky first inning, Screven County bounced back to pile on the runs and secure a 10-3 victory over Statesboro Wednesday night in Sylvania.
Just one night after the Gamecocks' top pitchers were used in a wild 14-13, nine-inning win over Swainsboro, Duane Heindel and Chandler Johnson combined to hold off the powerful Blue Devil bats.
"I was very pleased with the effort we got out of our pitchers today," said Screven coach Billy Pollock. "That was (Heindel's) first time starting on a varsity mound. He was a little bit nervous early on, but really settled down."
A two-out rally in the top of the first put Statesboro on top early.
With no one on base, William Golden singled in front of a Chris Lusted walk, and both were driven home on a double to the fence in left center off the bat of Josh Key (1-for-2, BB, 2 RBIs).
Screven responded with a pair of two-out runs of their own in the bottom half. Daniel Griffin (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs) smashed a double down the left field line that scored Dalton Mills, and Heindel - who had singled and advanced to third on Griffin's double - came home on an RBI single two batters later.
Griffin put the Gamecocks ahead to stay two innings later.
Jonathan Long led off the bottom of the third with a walk and was moved up to second when Heindel was able to leg out a soft bouncer to Statesboro starting pitcher Hunter Lamar.
Griffin made the most of the scoring opportunity, sending Lamar's first offering just over the glove of Calk Minick - who had scaled the left field wall - to give Screven a 5-2 lead.
"I was really proud of Daniel," said Pollock. "He's got a ton of raw power and really got into one. My father always told me that it's very hard to win a ballgame when you give up a three-run home run and we proved that tonight."
Johnson took the mound for the Gamecocks in the fourth and picked up right where Heindel had left off, allowing just one hit and an unearned run in his firs two innings of work to keep Screven in front.
The Gamecocks added to their lead in the fourth as Mills scored on a wild pitch, and tacked another run on the board in the fifth when Mills singled home Barret Roe for a 7-3 advantage.
Screven put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth as - with the bases loaded - Blue Devil reliever Kendrick Thompson uncorked three wild pitches, allowing Griffin, Auston Peel and Joel Collins to score and giving the Gamecocks a commanding lead.
"I always preach keeping the pressure on," said Pollock. "I hate putting zeros up on the scoreboard. In the fifth, we were able to get a run across even though we had two outs and nobody on, so I was very pleased with the offensive effort."
Now riding a two-game winning streak, Screven hits the road for a Region 3-AA showdown with Southeast Bulloch in Brooklet Friday evening.

Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.


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