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Local Roundup: SHS opens new home with win
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    The Statesboro Diamond Devils, ranked 10th in the coach’s poll in AAAA, opened their new field at Mill Creek with a 14-4 win over Benedictine on Tuesday.
    Josh Ware picked up the win for SHS (4-0) and also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Landry Jones went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double.
    The Blue Devils will welcome Camden County Friday for an 8 p.m. first pitch and a special ceremony to officially open their new home.

Gators nipped in 8th
    Frederica Academy scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and held Bulloch Academy scoreless in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-6 victory and spoil the Gators’ home baseball opener Tuesday.
    Bulloch (0-3 overall, 0-1 in GISA Region 2-AA play) had a 6-1 lead going into the sixth. Gator freshman Taylor Burke allowed just four hits and a run through five innings in his first-ever varsity start. The BA defense was solid in both the infield and outfield.
    But the Knights (1-1, 1-0) attacked a tiring Burke in the sixth, tagging him for a run on a hit and an error and loading the bases. Sophomore Matt Simons replaced Burke but Frederica got some timely hitting and knotted the score at 6-6.
    With the score still tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Gators had a chance to win the game with a bases-loaded situation with two outs. But BA couldn’t push the run across, sending the game into the extra frame.
    In the top of the eighth, FA touched Simons for three runs to take its first lead of the game. A leadoff double by sophomore Drew Cheshire was all the offense the Gators could muster in the bottom of the inning.
    Bulloch took a 5-0 lead in the second inning on five hits and two FA errors.
    In the inning, Simons doubled, junior Scott Hendley singled, sophomore Eli Strickland had a two-RBI single and both sophomore Michael DeLoach and eighth grader Walker Blitch had RBI singles. Frederica got one back in the bottom of the fourth.
    Cheshire opened the sixth with a lead-off home run to left to give the Gators a 6-1 advantage. Hendley led Bulloch with three hits while Cheshire and Simons had two each.
    Bulloch hosts region foe Trinity Christian School Friday at 3:30 p.m. and cross-county rival David Emanuel Academy Saturday at 11 a.m.

Lady Devils beat ARC
    The Statesboro Lady Blue Devils got a late second half goal from Kelly Harris to beat the Academy of Richmond County on Tuesday at SHS.
    Becca Babot assisted on the score and Christa Mitchell recorded the shutout for Statesboro (3-1-1, 2-1).
    Statesboro will return to the pitch Friday, travelling to Lakeside.

Jackets beat
Effingham County

    The Southeast Bulloch boys tennis team (3-2) picked up a win at Effingham County on Tuesday.
    Toby Sanders (6-0, 6-1), Jon Martin (6-4, 6-1) and Aaron Groover (6-4, 6-2) all won in singles play. In doubles, Sam Dickerson and Brooks Edenfield won 6-1 and 6-4 while Brandon Sellars and William Groover won 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4.
    The Lady Yellow Jackets led their match 2-1 before play was suspended due to darkness.
    Shelby Forehand was a 6-4, 5-7 and 6-1 winner in singles action. Laura Bennett and Kaitlin Brannen won their doubles match 6-2 and 7-5.
    Southeast travels to Vidalia Thursday for a 4 p.m. match.

sweeps Westside

    The Screven County tennis teams swept Westside on Tuesday in Sylvania. Both teams won 5-0 and improved their records to 4-1, 1-0 in region 3-AA.
    Whitney Waters (6-3, 6-3), Carli Bess Williams (6-1, 6-0) and Kate Blackburn (6-0, 6-0) won in singles play. In doubles, Natalie Hunter and Carter Mills (6-2, 6-0) and Stormy Reddick and Catherine Wells (6-0, 6-0) picked up wins for the Lady Gamecocks.
    Eric Boddiford (6-1, 6-0), Kyle Reynolds (6-0, 6-4) and Bo Evans (61, 6-2) won in singles play for the boys. Adrian Graham and Eddie Waters (6-1, 6-0) and Zackary Parker and Hunter Sommers won 6-2, 4-6 and 10-8.
    Screven returns to the court on Tuesday, travelling to Metter.

Lady Gators
lose soccer opener

    Augusta Preparatory School broke open a tight match with four second-half goals to take a 5-0 victory over Bulloch Academy Tuesday.
    The Lady Cavs (1-0-1) scored in the 16th minute but the Lady Gators (0-1) held their own for the remainder of the 40-minute period.
    It was a different story in the final 40 as Augusta Prep came out and upped its lead to 2-0 with just two minutes gone. Three more goals later in the match sealed Bulloch’s fate.
    Bulloch Academy hosts Central Fellowship next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Metter splits
with Tattnall

    On Monday, the Metter Lady Tigers defeated Tattnall County 5-0.  Alex Hendricks defeated Amber robinson 8-1,  Adrienne Lanier defeated Meaghan Merill 8-1 and  Anna Williams defeated Magan Blocker 8-1 in singles play.  In doubles, Erica Manrique and Amy Nagel defeated Kaley Tootle and Krystle Williams 8-0,  Ashley McLamb and Jada McNeely defeated Casey Brannen and Ashley Moore 8-0.  
    The boys lost their match 3-2.  Matt Odam defeated Jeremy Christenberry 8-6,  Tray Waters defeated Jeremy Porter 8-6.  and Tony Intravia lost 8-1 to Rick Spurgeon in singles play.  In doubles, Drew Hartley and Kevin Fulmer lost 8-1 to Wilbert Johnson and Jay Erwin.  Skyler Reese and Jackson Brown lost 8-0 to Brandon Berry and Dakota Edenfield.

outshoots Savannah

    The Statesboro air rifle team shot a 953 to Savannah High’s 751 on Tuesday.
    Josh Brannen shot a 269 to lead SHS (4-5), Chris Wrye shot a 240, Cameron Hendrix shot a 237 and John McCleary shot a 213.

Trinity splits

    Trinity Christian School split a doubleheader with Bible Baptist of Savannah on Monday.
    Trinity won the first game 14-3 with Megan Paige taking the win, allowing three hits and striking out five.
    Lauren Kibler went 3-for-3 with three triples and a walk, Whitney Eubanks was 2-for-2 with five RBI and three runs, Anna Beth Havner went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Savannah Spranger had three RBI.
    In the second game, four unearned runs led to a 5-3 loss for TCS (1-1). Kibler took the loss on the mound while Eubanks was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
    Trinity will host Glennville Christian on Thursday.

SEB Hall of Fame info
    Southeast Bulloch will be inducting new members into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14th at the SEB Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 pm.          You may call Bobby Costlow at 842-2131 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Hopkins named
to All-Buzz Classic team

    ATLANTA — Georgia Southern redshirt freshman Lindsey Hopkins has been tabbed to the Buzz Classic All-Tournament team, it was announced Monday.
    Hopkins, a native of McDonough, Ga., batted .400 over the weekend and collected a hit in each of GSU’s four games. She went 2-for-3 against Boston University and 2-for-4 against Dartmouth. Hopkins also scored a run in the team’s 10-1 win over Gardner-Webb.
    Hopkins is hitting a team-best .377 this season and leads the Eagles in runs (16), hits (23) and stolen bases (8).
Rattlesnake Run
    The Claxton boys basketball team  is sponsoring the 1st Annual Rattlesnake Run on Saturday.
    The one mile fun run begins at 7:45 a.m. with a 5K to follow. Pre-registered participants must pay a $15 entry fee while all other participants must pay $20 the day of the race.
    For more information, contact Eric Bluestein at (912)-618-0198.

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