John Milledge Academy pitcher Cody Wood performed well on both sides of the ball, leading the visitors from Milledgeville to an 8-0 victory over Bulloch Academy in GISA Region 4-AAA action Monday at Gator Alley.
On defense, the rangy right-hander scattered six hits through seven innings as the fourth-ranked Trojans improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in region play. He was also backed by some remarkable defensive efforts from his teammates.
On offense, Wood went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. His two-RBI double in the fourth inning helped the Trojans amass six runs to put the game out of reach.
The Gators (5-3, 2-2) threatened several times but couldn’t put the hits together.
After BA starting pitcher Win Lee blanked the Trojans in the first two innings, Bulloch had its first chance to score.
Catcher Erik Renew, who went 2-for-3, led off the inning, bouncing a hot shot over third base.
Courtesy runner Forest Spence stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Jarrett Humphries then hit a sinking line drive into short center field. The JMA centerfielder made a fantastic running catch and came up firing, pegging Spence out at the plate for the double play.
John Milledge got on the board in the third, scoring two runs on two hits, an error, a walk and a balk.
But the six runs in the fourth inning seemed to break the Gators’ back. Lee gave up consecutive singles to Brett Lyle, Ryan Blizzard, Brantley Attaway and Dusty Tyson. Two Clayton Rogers’ errors at third, a hit batter and Wood’s double gave the Trojans an 8-0 lead.
Bulloch tried to get something going in the fourth. With one out, Renew doubled to right centerfield. Humphries drew a walk and, with two outs, Harrison Averitt walked to load the bases. But Bailey Smith grounded out to end the inning.
Lee settled down in the late innings, striking out two and walking two to keep JMA from scoring any more runs. For the game, he gave up seven hits, walked three, struck out two and hit two batters.
Bulloch travels to Bellville Tuesday to battle region foe Pinewood, hosts non-region foe Robert Toombs Thursday and travels to Martinez to take on region opponent Augusta Prep Friday.