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.
OYONNAX, France - Sitting on a roadside guard rail, wincing and rubbing his lower back, Andrew Talansky looked ready to quit the Tour de France in the middle of Stage 11. The Tour's Web site and French TV commentators said his race was over. So did some English-language Twitterati.
Georgia's archery season for deer opens September 13th and one of the best things you can do to prepare is to practice with your compound bow. There is nothing worse than having spent hours waiting in a stand only to blow the shot when Big Ed finally shows up.
HOYLAKE, England - Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand.
MINNEAPOLIS - Baseball has a problem: Clayton Kershaw, Aroldis Chapman, Felix Hernandez and all the other kings of the hill are just too good.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been almost two decades since Morgan Shepherd last ran a full Sprint Cup season, and his last national series victory was in 1993.
MINNEAPOLIS - Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.
HOYLAKE, England - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
RIO DE JANEIRO - No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina.
SILVIS, Ill. - Brian Harman is going to play in the final pairing of a PGA Tour stop for the first time. His playing partner is one accomplished part-timer.
NEW YORK - A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.
CHICAGO - Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Friday that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4.
SILVIS, Ill. - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."