Houston County, Veterans baseball advance

May 7, 2014 

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Veterans leadoff hitter Gabe Holt steals third base Friday in the bottom of the first inning as Woodland-Henry’s Mickell Dennis takes the throw.

BEAU CABELL — bcabell@macon.com

Both the Houston County Bears and Veterans Warhawks will continue their seasons after opening round series wins in the GHSA baseball playoffs last week.

Houston County played a pair of close games with the Northgate Vikings but came out on top in both to earn the sweep.

The Bears fell behind 4-0 in game one and battled back for a 5-4 lead only to see the Vikings tie the game in the top of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. The contest wouldn’t be settled until left fielder Josh Profit singled home catcher Kyle Parry from second base in the 11th frame for a 6-5 win.

Houston County finished the sweep with a 6-3 victory in the nightcap.

Veterans won its opener 14-7 over the Woodland-Henry Wolfpack but was pushed to a decisive game three after falling 5-4 in game two.

An early 3-0 lead for the Warhawks was quickly erased after Woodland answered with three of its own in the bottom of the first, but Veterans put the game away in its second at-bat.

Ten straight Veterans hitters reached base after one man was out, and all 10 would come around to score as the Warhawks blew open the game and cruised to a 14-3 mercy-rule victory in five innings to land a spot in the Sweet 16.

Veterans will now host Cross Creek, which advanced by sweeping Cairo. Cross Creek is the No. 2 seed out of Region 3-AAAA.

Houston County will also play at home after Lee County swept the Ware County Gators to move on. Lee County, a program with a rich baseball tradition, is the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAA.

Both series will open with double-headers Wednesday, followed by an if-necessary contest on Thursday.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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