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SHS hammers Hephzibah in region tournament
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Statesboro's Connor Akins earns a trip to first the hard way while getting hit by a pitch from Hephzibah pitcher Darryl Hammond during the second inning of Thursday's double-header.
Thursday’s games at Mill Creek Regional Park were postseason games imperative to Statesboro’s state playoff hopes, but the Blue Devils breezed through the challenge as if they were throwaway preseason scrimmages. Facing Hephzibah in the first round of the Region 3-AAAA tournament, the Devils (18-5) swept a doubleheader from the Rebels to win the best-of-three series. Both games were brought to an early end in the fifth inning via mercy rule as Statesboro won the first game by a count of 15-0 and won clinched the series with a 14-0 blowout win.