High School Sports

Veterans baseball slips past Lee County

KATHLEEN -- Veterans used an unearned run and pitching by committee Tuesday night to pull out a 4-3 GHSA non-region victory against Lee County in eight innings.

Dalton Gilliam brought home Jacob Giles with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make a winner of Tyler Daughtry, the final of six Warhawks pitchers.

“Lee County saw our No. 1 (pitcher), No. 3, closer, just about everybody,” said Veterans head coach David Coffey, whose team still has a Region 2-AAAA game this week with Mary Persons and a make-up with county rival Houston County. “Everybody got some work, which is what we were looking for, and they did a good job.

“And it was good to get a win out of it against a good team.”

The Class AAAAAA Trojans (14-6) suffered a pair of errors in the eighth to allow the Warhawks (10-8) to escape with the win.

With one out, Giles reached when his grounder went through the legs of the first baseman, and he moved around to third when losing pitcher Josh Hatcher’s pick-off attempt went down the right-field line.

Hatcher then loaded the bases with intentional walks to set the stage for Gilliam. His fly ball wasn’t that deep to Austin Sheltra in right, but Giles slid to the back of the plate when Sheltra’s throw to catcher Robbie Feagans was short of the plate.

“I was going to be a villain or a hero,” Coffey said of the decision to send Giles on the shorter fly. “I turned out being the hero.”