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Prep sports notebook: Houston County graduate hits for cycle

Houston County baseball alum and Emmanuel College shortstop Trent Jones had a memorable night last Tuesday as he hit for the cycle in a 14-9 win over Georgia Regents University.

The junior is hitting .385 this season and leads the Lions in all major offensive categories including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs.

Emmanuel College competes as a member of the Conference Carolinas and is located in Franklin Springs.

Trent is the older brother of Justin Jones, who helped lead Houston County to the 2014 GHSA Class-AAAAA state championship and is now the starting shortstop at Georgia State University.


The Perry baseball team took a two-game lead in the GHSA region 2-AAAA standings with a critical 5-4 road victory over Veterans last Wednesday in Kathleen.

Perry is a perfect 7-0 in region play this season.

Panthers’ starting pitcher Drew Martens was outstanding in the victory. The junior struck out eight Warhawks and surrendered just two earned runs on five hits to pick up the complete game win.

Veterans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Panthers rally for three in the third to take a lead it would never relinquish. Martens doubled to drive in a run and help himself during the decisive frame. He would go on to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to left field by Taylor Holtzclaw.

The two rivals will meet again to close the regular season on Apr 23 in Perry.


Houston County baseball dropped its first GHSA Region 2-AAAAA game of the season on Saturday in a 5-2 road loss at Jones County.

The Greyhounds remained unbeaten at home with a 10-0 mark.

The contest sets up a likely rematch for the No. 1 seed in the region tournament on Friday at Houston County. The Bears beat Jones County 6-5 at home earlier this season.