After Thursday’s game ended, seven LaGrange High players were recognized during the team’s senior-day ceremony.
The seniors are Caleb Buchanan, Wynton Heard, Hakeem Stargell, Logan Hood, Chas Pardue, John Patterson and Austin Rogers.
Buchanan and Stargell each had two-run home runs to help the Grangers win 9-7.
Stargell’s home run came in the first inning, and Buchanan hit his in the fourth inning to give LaGrange an 8-7 lead.
“Those were two clutch hits,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “They gave us a big boost.”
Pardue also made an impact with a pair of hits, and he hit a deep fly that was caught right at the outfield fence.
While most of the seniors either start or play a lot, some of them don’t get on the field very often.
Herrington said they are all appreciated.
“Those guys come to practice every day, and they work hard,” Herrington said. “I’m proud to have them as a part of our program.”
TO THE RESCUE: Sophomore Jake Howard threw five shutout innings to get the win in Thursday’s game.
When Howard came into the game, the Grangers had already given up seven runs and three home runs.
“Jake Howard, once again, was clutch on the mound,” Herrington said. “He was really, really good. Jake threw strikes. He’s not scared to throw strikes. He’ll throw any pitch at any time. Jake’s a gamer, and I’m proud of him. He gave us a big boost right there.”
Freshman Ben Anderson got the start, and he had a tough time of it, but Herrington said he didn’t let that get him down.
After Anderson left the pitcher’s mound, he remained in the game as an outfielder, and he had a base hit in the sixth inning that helped the Grangers score a run.
“They got to him a little bit. But he kept his poise,” Herrington said. “I was really proud of that. He stayed in the game and did well offensively. That shows a lot of character. I told him, you’ll get many more opportunities.”
REGION UPDATE: Each of the teams in Region 5-AAAA have two games remaining, and there is still a lot to be decided.
The two teams at the top, Columbus and Carrollton, have their playoff berths in hand, but there are four other teams fighting for the region’s final two playoff spots.
Columbus and Carrollton are tied for first place with 10-2 records, and they will be the region’s top two seeds.
Alexander, Troup and LaGrange are tied for third place at 7-5.
Shaw is also still clinging to hope with a 5-7 record, and Fayette County (2-10) and Sandy Creek (0-12) are bringing up the rear.
Troup is scheduled to host LaGrange today in a critical region game.
On Tuesday, LaGrange will host Carrollton, and Troup will visit Shaw.
Alexander’s two remaining region games are against Columbus and Fayette County, and Shaw will play Fayette County and Troup.