Needing a win to keep Southeast Whitfield High School’s baseball season meaningful, Raiders coach Brad Lofton turned to a pair of senior pitchers on Friday at Heritage-Catoosa.
The seniors didn’t disappoint, but it was the offense and the defense that couldn’t come through.
The Raiders committed four errors and gave up just as many unearned runs as the Generals held Southeast to five hits in a 6-2 win in Sub-region 7B-4A.
The loss by the Raiders gave the Generals (12-8, 8-4) two of three wins in this week’s series and eliminated Southeast (12-9, 5-7) from contending for a state playoff berth in two weeks during the Region 7-4A playoffs.
Southeast seniors Abram Stanley and Blake Foster scattered six hits and gave up just three earned runs.
“We had the opportunities, but we kicked it around and committed a couple of errors that cost us some runs,” Lofton said.
“It was one of those games where we put a little too much pressure on ourselves.
“We still have an opportunity to keep building on the next year, and this is the senior class that can go out with a winning record, and I don’t know when the last time that was here at Southeast.”
Stanley pitched four complete innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Foster gave up three hits in two innings of work.
“I put it in their hands, and they delivered what I needed,” Lofton said. “It was just one of those nights where it wasn’t enough.”
• Darlington 11, Christian Heritage 2: Trevor Brown and Jake Stokes each collected an RBI for the Lions (6-11, 3-9 Region 6-A), who were held to two hits in the road loss.
• Coahulla Creek 6, Gordon Central 5: Coahulla Creek senior Erick Dominguez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs, and he singled home the winning run in the ninth as the Colts (5-14, 2-8 Region 5-3A) won in Calhoun.
Levi Wilson was 3-for-5 for the Colts, while Jackson Sheppard and Ethan Whaley each went 2-for-4, with Sheppard’s hits including a double and Whaley driving in a run. Coahulla Creek scored one run in the second, four in the fourth and one in the ninth, while Gordon Central scored two runs in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
In the ninth, Whaley hit a leadoff single, with Robbie Stavrow then pinch-running for him and advancing on back-to-back groundouts to set up Dominguez.
Braiden Jacobs was the winning pitcher, striking out four and allowing no hits or walks in three innings of relief. Dominguez started and allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 11 in six innings.
• North Murray 8, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 7: Alex Viars went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, including the game-winner in the eighth inning as the Mountaineers (9-13, 5-5 Region 5-3A) picked up a league win at home.
Aaron Granger, who went 3-for-3 with three runs and picked up the win on the mound in relief, led off the eighth with a double. He moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Vaughn, which set up Viars to place a single between third and shortstop with the infield drawn in.
Granger allowed one hit and two walks while striking out three in four innings of no-hit work after entering in the fifth.
North Murray starter Blake Davis left after being hit by a batted ball on the inside of his throwing arm, but will be OK, Mountaineers coach David Redmond said. Davis allowed one run on three hits in three innings.
Cole Vaughn allowed six runs (four earned) on four hits and as many walks while striking out three in one inning on the mound.
Drake Fowler added a double and drove in three runs for North Murray, which tied the game at 7 in the fifth.