November 27, 2021

Solid start for HCMS Baseball

HCMS Baseball has started the season with a 3-1 record as they aim for a second straight middle school championship (Photo: Chan Holliday)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Middle School baseball team secured the first small school baseball championship in school history last year and they hope for a repeat of that success this season.

The team is already off to a solid 3-1 start after splitting games with Temple and Central last week and winning games versus Bowdon and Villa Rica to open the season.

In Tuesday’s 18-4 win over Temple, John Paul Awbrey led the way going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored, and four RBI’s. Jacob Watts also notched a three hit day going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.

Will Alford went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and four runs scored while Tyler Lasseter was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.

Other leaders included Blake Oldham (3 RBI’s), Jonathan Echols (3 runs scored), and Jacob “Juice” Miles (2 hits, 2 runs scored).

On the mound it was Logan Addison earning the win after pitching three innings and allowing no earned runs. He gave up just two hits and struck out five Tiger batters.

Alford, Connell White, and Trevor Hansford each pitched one inning in relief.

The Braves made a remarkable comeback versus Central before eventually falling 8-7 in a close ballgame.

The Braves trailed 7-0 before storming back to score seven runs in the top of the sixth to force extra innings. The Lions would ultimately get the win on a walk-off single in the ninth inning.

Gryson Cockrell led the offense with three base hits and two runs batted in from the lead-off position and Awbrey and Miles each had two hits as well. Watts doubled and batted in two runs.

Jacob Watts had a strong performance on the hill in middle relief tossing 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out three. Camden Cosper started the game and gave up two earned runs in his two innings of work.

Oldham, Lasseter, and Cockrell were the big bats in the lineup for a 9-2 win over Villa Rica on March 7. Oldham was 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI’s.

Lasseter went 3-for-3 with two batted in and Cockrell was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Logan Addison and Jacob Miles each scored twice.

Trevor Hansford (Photo: Chan Holliday)

Jacob Miles was stellar on the hill allowing just a single hit and striking out 11 in six innings to earn the win.

The Middle Braves defeated the Bowdon Red Devils 19-8 in the season opener.

Alford had his biggest day of the season at the plate driving home five runs on three hits while scoring two. Watts had two hits and three RBI’s while Lasseter again had two hits and a run batted home. Cockrell walked three times and crossed the plate four times while Echols and Houston Wilson each scored twice.

Awbrey drove home two and had a double. Cosper started the game and Logan Addison worked a scoreless inning in relief.

Offensive team leaders for the season include Alford (.667 batting average, 2 triples), Oldham and Alford (7 RBI’s each), Awbrey (3 doubles), Cockrell (8 runs scored), Lasseter and Watts (10 hits each), and Trevor Hansford (4 steals).

Miles leads the way on the mound with his 11 strikeouts, six innings pitched, ERA of 0.00 and only one hit allowed.

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