Grangers blank Raiders

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 21, 2014

Logan Hood had it working.

The LaGrange High pitcher threw seven dominant innings to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over Shaw on Friday in the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams.

LaGrange (5-7) scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, and that was enough thanks to Hood, as well as a defense that didn’t commit any errors.

“Logan Hood did a phenonemal job on the mound,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “Shaw had some base runners, but he made some big pitches and got out of it. He was really competitive tonight, and I was really proud of him.”

Shaw managed just two hits against Hood, and one of those was an infield hit.

“Logan’s a competitor,” Herrington said. “He takes a lot of pride in what he does. He got the job done.”

LaGrange did just enough on offense to get the win.

Jake Howard drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and Ben Anderson had an RBI groundout in the seventh inning.

Herrington is hoping his team will pick up the pace offensively in the upcoming games, beginning with Tuesday’s showdown against Columbus.

“It’s great to get a big region win, however you get it, but at the same time, we have a lot of work to do,” Herrington said. “We had way too many popups.”

Also on Friday, Callaway improved to 3-0 in Region 4-AAA with a 7-3 road win over Rockmart.

Freshman Dylan Johnson got the start and pitched five innings, and Cody Mimbs and Perry Keith finished things off on the mound in the final two innings.

Cortney Laye and Austin Garrett each had two hits for Troup, and Nick Berry had a key two-run hit late in the game to help extend the lead.

It was a nice win for Callaway coming off Wednesday’s emotional, extra-inning win over Chapel Hill.

“We were a little flat. We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t play with a lot of enthusiasm,” Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard said. “Luckily, we were able to take care of business.”