When the Statesboro Blue Devils have a big game on the calendar, figuring out who to send to the mound is becoming a pretty easy decision.
Last season, Jordan Finch toed the rubber as a sophomore with his team one loss away from being eliminated from state playoff contention. He responded with a complete game victory and keyed an SHS run to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Last week — with seeding in the region tournament hanging in the balance — Finch was back to his old tricks again.
Facing South Effingham in a must-win game, Finch tossed a three-hit shutout as Statesboro claimed a 3-0 win and the top seed in the region playoffs.
“Everyone came out feeling good,” Finch said. “I know my arm was feeling good. I just tried to throw my game and my defense did a great job of taking care of everything behind me.”
Finch admitted that the win was particularly sweet after South Effingham had managed to beat him in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel two weeks prior.
Statesboro hosts Hephzibah today in a doubleheader to begin the Region 3-AAAA tournament. With a win in the best-of-three series, the Devils will secure a berth in the state playoffs.
It’s been a few very busy months for Bulloch Academy junior Paige Spence.
Beginning in November and running into March, Spence was a key contributor on the Lady Gators’ basketball squad. With her help, the team secured its first state championship in school history.
Now that spring has rolled around, Spence is hard at work, both on the soccer field and the track.
“Winning state was awesome,” Spence said. “It was just a great feeling. Now I’m trying to help out and do my best in soccer and track.”
Spence will get a chance to leave her mark on the track today as Bulloch hosts its region meet on the campus of Georgia Southern University.
Scheduled to throw the discus, compete in the pole vault and run both relay races – as well as the 300 meter hurdles – Spence will play a big part in the Gators’ quest to bring home a region championship.
“It’s fun to be in so many events,” Spence said. “I’m kind of going from one thing to the next throughout the day. I like cheering for my teammates, but it’s great to compete.”
Spence and her teammates figure to place high in many events at the region meet, qualifying them to compete at the Class AAA state meet in Albany next week.