Lakeside kept on rolling along with a perfect record, winning twice last week to improve to 6-0 overall and lead the way among three undefeated local squads in action from last week.
Coach Donnie Hayes and his Lakeside unit swept to easy triumphs over Dunwoody (6-1) March 2 and Stephenson (12-6) March 5 in the Best of DeKalb Showdown.
Lakeside received stellar pitching efforts from senior Cole Howard (5 IP; 6 SO; 4 HA; 0 ER; WP) and junior Michael Hannah (2 IP; 1 SO) in a 6-1 triumph over Dunwoody March 2. Senior Jaret Barr (2-3; 2 RBI; 1 2B), and juniors Sean Mootrey (2-2; 2 RS; 1 HR) and Kiernan Acklin (2-3; 1 RS) collected two hits each to pace the Viking offense.
Tucker also scored an impressive victory in the nightcap of the Best of DeKalb event, knocking off Columbia (14-3) in a rematch from a year ago. The Tigers moved to 2-4 overall with the decision.
Cedar Grove and Redan, meanwhile, rounded out the list of undefeated teams from last week, both posting 1-0 marks in action that was again curtailed by poor weather.
Coach Lavato Byrd’s Cedar Grove Saints pounded out a 20-2 triumph over Clarkston Feb. 29 to improve to 2-1 overall.
Coach Patrick Wright’s Redan unit scored a thrilling 2-1 decision over South Gwinnett to push an even .500 record on the year at 2-2. Redan scored a 2-1 triumph over South Gwinnett in a pitcher’s duel Feb. 29. Senior Craig Sullivan shined on the mound for the Raiders, striking out six and allowing five hits, two walks and no earned runs over six innings to pick up the victory.
Junior Rickey Williams posted the second no-hitter of the year for Clarkston in a 4-2 triumph over Best Academy March 2, striking out six and allowing no earned runs in three innings. Seniors Antonio Mills (1-1; 1 RS; 1 RBI), Jayson Harrell (1-1) and Brandon Meadows (1-1; 1 RS) paced the Angora offense.
Senior Brian Strong turned in a huge overall game in Stephenson’s 10-0 blanking of Stone Mountain March 2. Strong tossed a no-hitter on the pitching end, striking out six and walking two over five innings. He also went 4-4 with three RBI on the offensive end. Junior Latrell Wyatt (2-2; 3 RS) and sophomore Taj Bradley (2-3; 2 RBI) shined offensively for Stephenson in a 6-3 victory over Newton County Feb. 29.
Columbia rolled past Towers (16-1) March 2, as seniors Jamari Johnson (3-3; 4 RS; 4 RBI) and Quesean Lynch (3-4; 3 RBI) paced a 14-hit attack. Senior Charles Johnson also delivered a no-hitter on the pitching end, striking out nine and walking four over four innings.
Junior Preston Rogers went 3-3 with a double and two stolen bases in a losing cause, as Chamblee dropped a 3-0 decision to Shiloh March 2. The Bulldogs bounced back to score their first victory of the season three days later, edging Southwest DeKalb by a 2-1 margin March 5 to improve to 1-6 overall.
Rogers again shined at the plate, going 2-3 with one run scored, one double and one stolen base. Junior Emari Hill (2-3) also collect two hits on the offensive end. Junior Carl Marwitz registered the pitching decision for the Bulldogs, striking out four and allowing one hit and no runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Southwest DeKalb saw its perfect 4-0 start end in a tough 6-2 loss to GAC Feb. 29. The game was tied at 1-1 as late as the bottom of the fourth inning. Seniors Tyler Sylvester and Jaquarious Glover accounted for one double each on the offensive side.
The Panthers then dropped a painful 2-1 decision to Chamblee March 5. Junior Channing Walker allowed eight hits, one walk and one earned runs while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings in taking the mound loss. Senior Zykee Freeman (2-3; 1 RS) led the Panther offensive charge.