The end result was a sweep for the Grangers, who beat Fernandina Beach (Fla.) 2-0 in the first game before outlasting homestanding Opelika 8-5 in the finale.
The Grangers evened their record at 5-5 heading into today’s rescheduled game at Brookstone in Columbus.
LaGrange then opens its Region 5-AAAA schedule on Friday against Shaw.
In Saturday’s first game, the story was Moody, the senior ace who pitched an eight-inning shutout.
Neither team scored through seven innings, so it was on to extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Grangers finally broke through for two runs.
Moody got things started with a bunt single, and Bryce Todd then came through with an RBI hit to bring in courtesy runner Rob Hunnicutt.
Jack Bradford capped the rally with an RBI single.
Moody then finished things off in the bottom of the eighth to record the shutout.
Moody gave up just three hits and struck out 12.
“He had some of the best stuff since he’s been here,” LaGrange head coach Todd Herrington said. “He deserved (the win). He was the better pitcher in that game.”
Against Opelika, Stargell got the start, and he produced in a big way.
The junior put the ball over the center fielder’s head for a double in his first at-bat, and he later added a two-run home run.
“He made the most of his opportunity,” Herrington said. “I was proud of him.”
Jake Norton got the start and pitched five innings, and Tristain Daugherty finished things off with some nifty relief work.
Herrington was pleased with the way his team swung the bat on Saturday.
Even in the first game, Herrington said there were a lot of hard-hit balls that went right at people.
“It was good to see us hit the ball a little bit,” Herrington said. “We know what these guys can do.”
Price Peters was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Norton reached base three times and scored three runs and drove in a run.
John Sweat was 3-for-4 with an RBI.