A 10-0 defeat against Cross Creek last week put Statesboro’s baseball season in jeopardy. The Blue Devils had to win the three-game series in order to clinch a spot in next week’s Class AAAA playoffs.
Senior W.C. Hodges played a huge part in helping the Blue Devils get off the mat. Hodges ripped a two-run double to spur on the offense in a 3-2 win in Game 2, then added another RBI hit in Statesboro’s series-clinching 6-1 win last Saturday.
“After that first game, I just sat in the dugout for a while,” Hodges said. “This is my last season. I didn’t want things to end. We kind of just put that loss out of our minds and tried to start over. We got some great pitching and now we have the state playoffs to look forward to.
Statesboro wasn’t able to advance any farther in the Region 3-AAAA tournament — the Devils lost a 2-1 decision to Wayne County on Tuesday — but it will get a chance to claim the region’s No. 3 seed in the state tournament if it can beat Burke County in Waynesboro Friday night.
“It’s just good to know that we’re still playing,” Hodges said. “It’s a lot of fun. We don’t want to stop anytime soon.”
The Portal girls don’t have a huge track and field squad, but they have certainly proven themselves to be dangerous.
Shacamry Daniels highlighted a great day of competition for the Lady Panthers at last week’s Region 3-A meet. Daniels qualified for sectionals in five events (long jump, triple jump, 400 meters and both relay events). That all-around excellence helped lead Portal to a second place finish in the team competition and netted Daniels the individual high point award.
“We had a really good day,” Daniels said. “I was happy to get the high point and do so well in my events. I just wish we could have gotten a few more points to win the team competition.”
Daniels and the Panthers have another chance to shine this week at the sectionals. Portal will be the host school for the event, which will be held at the track and field facility of Georgia Southern University.
“I’m excited for this week,” Daniels said. “It’s going to be tough competition, but we all are hoping to do well. I’m just going to try to qualify for state in as many events as possible.”