Prep notebook: Veterans falls short in quest for state baseball title

May 28, 2014 

The Veterans High School Warhawks came up just short last week in its bid to earn a spot in the GHSA Class AAAA baseball championship series as they dropped a doubleheader by scores of 5-3 and 5-4 to the Carrollton High School Trojans.

Veterans High led the first game 2-1 headed into the final inning after a Tyler Daughtry single drove home Gabe Holt.

Senior Ross Martin went back out to the mound to try and close out the complete game victory, but the Trojans Will Hesterlee hit a three-run homer over the left field wall to give Carrollton the win.

“Ross was tired,” head coach David Coffey said. “I wanted to leave the senior in there to do the best he could, and that was my mistake. He went out there again, and again, and again, and did exactly what I asked.”

The second game would be a back and forth affair as Veterans tried to force a decisive Game 3.

Carrollton led 2-0 after two innings, but the Warhawks tied it in the third. The Trojans added solo runs in their half of the third and fourth innings, and Veterans tied the game in the fourth and fifth.

The contest went to extra innings before Carrollton shortstop Sam Turner ended the game with a walk-off single through the right side that scored Will Garrett and sent the Trojans to the championship series.

Veterans graduates just four seniors off of this year’s squad that won its third straight region championship. The Warhawks should be a favorite in Class AAAA headed into next season.

“A lot of people thought this year was going to be a rebuilding year, and I even thought this was going to be a rebuilding year,” Coffey said. “That just shows the kind of guys we have and the work ethic they have. It sets the bar high for next year.”

Houston County High senior signs soccer scholarship

Houston County High School senior Sholeh Rezaee signed a soccer scholarship to Georgia Southwestern University in a signing ceremony on Thursday at the school.

Rezaee will study biology with a future interest in pre-med.

Football prospects fielding scholarship offers

Local underclassmen football prospects have continued to draw interest from major college football teams during the past weeks.

Warner Robins High School ophomore standout Marquez Callaway picked up offers from the University of Georgia and University of Alabama. Callaway is a two-way player who made seven interceptions last season and finished with six touchdown catches on offense after being utilized heavily as a wide receiver at the end of the year. He’s also a standout basketball player, earning All-State honors this season as the Demons advanced to the Class AAAAA title game.

Houston County High freshman quarterback Jake Fromm garnered his second scholarship pledge from the Cincinnati Bearcats. Fromm’s first offer came from Marshall University.

Fromm’s Houston County teammate Zach Taisler earned his first scholarship offer from Kennesaw State last week. Taisler is a standout linebacker that helped the Bears to their first playoff appearance since 2006 in head coach Von Lassiter’s first season at the helm.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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