Statesboro has had the defense and pitching. Friday night at Mill Creek it finally got what it'd really been looking for - the clutch hit.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks (11-8, 7-4 Region 3-AA) had the opportunity to move into a second-place tie with region rival Metter (14-9, 9-2) with a home win Thursday night, but starting pitcher Josh Vining (4-2) - who recently signed to play college ball at Young Harris College - threw a complete game and struck out nine. The Tiger bats also proved too much for SCHS as MHS cruised to a 9-4 win placing Metter alone in second place behind Swainsboro in the region standings.
BROOKLET - Four Southeast Bulloch pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and allowed only two earned runs as the Yellow Jackets (10-8) edged the Emanuel County Institute Bulldogs 5-4 after trailing for most of the Wednesday night game.
Kacie Lanier and Kate Anna Akins ran the table Wednesday at the GISA Class AA state tournament to become doubles state champions in tennis.
Two doubles teams from Bulloch Academy won twice Monday to advance to this morning's semifinals at the GISA Class AA state tennis tournament in Tifton.
PORTAL - Brett Rivers pitched four innings of no-hit ball, senior Vinnie Lynn was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs and Dustin Jones hit a game-ending grand slam as Portal routed Claxton 16-0 Tuesday.
BROOKLET - The Laney Wildcats out-hit Southeast Bulloch 6-5, but 16 Yellow Jackets reached base on walks and SEB (9-8, 4-5 Region 3-AA) knocked off LHS 15-5 on the strength of a five-run sixth inning Tuesday.
Even though it didn't count, the Statesboro Blue Devils (9-8, 2-4 Region 3-AAAA) exploded for eight runs in two innings against the North Oconee County Titans in a rained-out Saturday night game at J.I. Clements Stadium on the Georgia Southern campus.
PORTAL - Vinnie Lynn's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning sparked the bats of the Portal offense as the Panthers (9-9, 6-2 Region 3-A) came back down 6-1 and knocked off region foe Savannah Country Day (6-7, 2-5 Region 3-A) 14-7 Friday night in Portal.
BROOKLET - Bryan County's Ricky Myrick got the complete game, pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine Southeast Bulloch batters on 106 pitches as the Redskins knocked off the Yellow Jackets (8-7, 3-4 Region 3-AA) 9-2 Thursday night in Brooklet.
Both Screven County tennis teams picked up 5-0 wins over Souteast Bulloch Thursday in Brooklet.
Nolan Belcher out dueled Crawford Simmons and the Greenbrier Wolfpack escaped Mill Creek with a 3-2 win over Statesboro Wednesday. Greenbrier, the defending Class AAAA state champions, scored the game winner on an odd defensive gaff by SHS (9-8, 2-4) in the fifth inning.
It was the news nobody involved with the Screven County girls basketball program wanted to hear. Coach Jennifer Acree - who four years ago took a losing program and turned it into 2005 state runner up for region 3-AA- has decided to pack up and take over the storied program at Randolph-Clay High School in Cuthbert, GA.
BROOKLET - Fisher Strickland was 1-for-3 with two RBI and pitched a complete game as the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets avenged a 12-1 loss earlier in the season to region rival Screven County (9-7, 5-3 Region 3-AA) with an 8-4 win on Tuesday night.
AUGUSTA – Zach Johnson's days of flying under the radar are over.
A patron asks, "Is that Bubba?"
AUGUSTA - Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
AUGUSTA - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized - then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential future home of theBuffalo Bills.
AUGUSTA - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.
BALTIMORE - Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.
PRETORIA, South Africa - A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend's bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, "I don't have to look at a picture. I was there."
Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion.
There is no doubt that I am the Dr. Phil of relationships that have at least one fisherman in the family, so I have decided to bless you with a two-for-one special today.
AUGUSTA - One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.
ARLINGTON, Texas - No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA wouldn't have them.
AUGUSTA - The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday.