Grangers ascend to first

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 1, 2014

The LaGrange Grangers are in first place.

With Tuesday’s 13-5 victory over Sandy Creek, combined with Carrollton’s win over Alexander, the Grangers are one of four teams in Region 5-AAAA tied for first place with a 4-1 record.

The Grangers (8-8) will try to keep the momentum going when they host the Troup Tigers on Thursday, and they’ll wrap up the first half of their region schedule with a game at Carrollton on Friday.

After falling to Alexander on Thursday for their first region loss, the Grangers bounced back to beat Fayette County 5-4 on Monday, and they followed that up with Tuesday’s win over Sandy Creek.

Jake Howard pitched five innings to get the win, and Ben Anderson threw the final two innings.

The Grangers scored two runs in the top of the first inning, and they extended their lead to 5-0 with three more runs in the second inning.

LaGrange busted the game open with five runs in the fourth inning to go up 10-0.

Sandy Creek scored in the bottom of the fourth to keep the game going and avoid the run rule, but LaGrange was never threatened.

Ben Anderson had a big day for the Grangers with four hits, and Jackson Shelnutt, Wynton Heard and Logan Moody each had two hits.

Anderson also scored four runs and had two RBIs, and he had two doubles.

Howard drove in three runs and had a hit, and Jake Farrar, Caleb Buchanan, Hakeem Stargell and Chas Pardue each had RBIs.

On the mound, Howard got the win, and LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said he did his job well.

“They hit him a little bit, but he threw strikes,” Herrington said. “He did exactly what we needed him to do. And Ben Anderson came in and did real well, too.”