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Local Roundup: SHS splits with Valdosta, Lee Co.
Eagles open homestand Friday
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    The Statesboro baseball team fell 4-3 at Lee County on Wednesday.
    The Blue Devils  (9-6) stranded the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, as the Trojans avenged a 3-2 loss to SHS on March 10.
    Josh Ware took the loss in relief of Forrest Robertson who pitched five strong innings. The Devils led 3-0 after two innings.
    Zack Taylor went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Grayson Wiggins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
    On Tuesday night, Statesboro defeated AAAAA power Valdosta 9-1, pounding out 13 hits and holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first five innings. Sophomore lefty Crawford Simmons started and got the win for the Blue Devils, pitching a shutout for 5 innings.  Tony Hill came on to pitch the last two innings.  Junior centerfielder Josh Ware was 3-for -3 with three doubles for Statesboro.
    The Blue Devils will resume region play Monday, travelling to Evans for a 5 p.m. first pitch.

GSU opens seven-game homestand
    Georgia Southern baseball returns to J.I. Clements Stadium for a seven-game homestand. During the upcoming homestand several promotions will take place.
    This Friday the Eagles resume Southern Conference play, hosting defending regular season champion Elon at 7 p.m. The first 300 fans to J.I. Clements Stadium will receive a prize pack, courtesy of Subway.
    Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game will be Little League day at the ballpark. All kids who wear their baseball or softball uniform to the game will be admitted for free. The kids can continue their Georgia Southern baseball experience after the game as well. Immediately following the game, all children will be invited onto the field to run the base paths.
    This Sunday there will be a sumo wrestling showdown during the game — also a 1:30 p.m. first pitch — to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch. The Georgia Southern baseball radio crew of Ryan Chambers and Brent Jones will square off in the sumo ring. Barberitos (who will be represented by Brent) and Moe’s (represented by Ryan) will be sponsoring the event. At the sumo table located on the concourse by the main entrance, fans can support their favorite personality by making donations that will go to support the Boys and Girls Club.
    Following Sunday’s game, an Easter egg hunt will be held on the field following Sunday’s game. All children will be invited to participate.
    On Tuesday, the Eagles square off against North Florida in a 7 p.m. first pitch. The game, televised live on CSS, is Fan Appreciation Day where admission is FREE.
    On Saturday, April 14, the annual Clements Crazies Tailgate will take place prior to the 1:30 p.m. first pitch against SoCon rival College of Charleston. There will be a picnic tailgate outside the stadium available to fans, starting at noon.

Lady Dogs take two from Lady Eagles
    ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia softball team blanked Georgia Southern twice, sweeping the Eagles 6-0 and 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Georgia Softball Complex.
    UGA, who fell out of the top 25 this week, improves to 31-16. GSU drops to 17-21.
    The Eagles take a day off before resuming Southern Conference play Friday with a doubleheader at the College of Charleston.

SBPR Baseball and softball scores
    Scores from Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation baseball and softball games held March 28 and 29 are in.
    In games played March 28 in the Tiny Mite baseball league, the Gateway Animal Hospital Tigers beat the Georgia Home Medical Rangers, 11-6. The Wal-Mart Distribution Center Astros topped the Heavenly Ham Angels, 10-7.  The Pizza Inn Sand Gnats scored 17 to the Robbins Smokehouse Devil Rays' 8 for the win.  The Bulloch Fertilizer Nationals beat the Ranco Tents Braves, 9-2.  The Citizens Bank Reds topped the Blount, Burke, Wimberly & Hendricks Giants, 13-9.  The Statesboro Floor Covering Cardinals scored 15 to the Anderson Surveyors Orioles' 8 for the win.  The 80 East Storage/A Contemporary Cupboard Twins beat the Bulloch Pediatrics PC Cubs, 15-9, and the Sigma Chi Mets topped the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Indians, 17-5.
    In March 28 games in the Midget baseball league, the Mill Creek Storage Braves and the H&H Insulation Services Rockies tied, 7-7.  The Quizno's Subs Orioles topped the Ocean Galley Nationals, 6-4, and the Gate Petroleum Athletics beat the French Quarter Cafe Tigers by a score of 3-2.
    In March 28 games in the Tiny Minor softball league, the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Riptide beat the East Georgia Steel Structures Racers, 32-0.  The Ward Chiropractic Center Brakettes topped the Plantation Properties Thunder, 13-2, and the Nevil Tire Bandits scored 15 to the Bulloch Lions Club Heat's 3 for the win.
    In Minor baseball league games on March 29, the Hackers Giants topped the Troy Marsh PC Nationals, 18-2.  The Hagan & Oliver Sheet Metal Sand Gnats beat the MKK Construction Braves, 10-3.  The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Mariners scored 10 to the JR Lotts Construction Co. Inc. Dodgers' 2 for the win.  The Lanier Lawn Care Cubs edged out the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office/DARE Mets, 8-7, and the Pepper Jack's Deli & Grill Red Sox defeated the Preferred Collision Center Royals, 17-4.

SBPR Soccer scores
    Scores from Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation soccer games held March 29 are in.
    In the U-10 league, the Benton Metal Depot Rapids beat the East Georgia Diagnostic Services Cosmos by a score of 4-1.  The Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon Metro-Stars topped the Automation Systems & Control Revolution 3-1.  The Stingrays beat the Coldwell Banker Blast, 1-0, and the Statesboro Dental Associates Galaxy topped the Hodges-Moore Funeral Home Fusion, 1-0.
    In the U-12 league, the East Georgia Regional Medical Center United topped the Anderson General Store Burn, 1-0, and the McDonald's of Statesboro Battery beat the Fordham's Farmhouse Dynamo, 5-2.

    If you have a score to report, please call the Herald Sports Desk at (912) 489-9408.