Lawrence County blanks South Pike

Published 10:10 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

MONTICELLO – The Lawrence County Cougars handled South Pike 11-0, in 5 innings, in Division 7-4A high school baseball action Tuesday night. The LCHS campus was the place to be on Tuesday. While Jimmie Davis Park hosted baseball action, right across Smith Lane, the Lawrence County football field was hosting a track meet. Another hundred yards away, Meleah Howard’s Lady Cougars were taking on Purvis in a fastpitch game.

“Our place was the place to be tonight,” said Lawrence County coach Josh Garrett. “It was great to see all of those people on our campus. We had a pretty good night on the baseball field, too.”

Garrett’s Cougars banged out 11 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings of batting. Freshman center fielder Brandon Bullock went 3-for-3. First baseman/pitcher Josh Stephens had 2 hits and a sacrifice fly. Catcher Logan Greenlee also added 2 hits. Gabriel Lewis, Marcus Atterberry, and pitcher Kody Smith each had 1 hit.

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On the mound, Smith was again dominant. In 4 innings of work, the senior righty allowed just 1 hit-a third-inning double by Kadarious Varnado-and struck out 5. Stephens pitched the fifth inning, striking out 2 of the 3 South Pike batters he faced.

Lawrence County improved to 9-2 overall, and 3-0 in Division 7-4A play. Sout Pike, coached by Neal Smith, dropped to 0-3 in division play. The two teams will face off again Friday night in Magnolia.

“Our guys are playing pretty well right now,” said Garrett. “That said, the meat of our schedule is still ahead of us. We must continue to improve if we are to challenge the strongest teams on our schedule.”

Jeffery Pace with 4 innings for South Pike, and gave it a good fight. He was victimized by 6 Eagle miscues.

Lawrence County also won, 9-1, in junior varsity play. Brandon Bullock struck out 6 in 3 shutout innings. Marcus Atterberry threw 1 inning. Brennan Lang, Trey Thurman, Landon Trott, Payton Davis, and Roy Martin had hits for the LCHS jayvees.