With about ten games in the books for the 2018 season, we take a look at how our local teams are doing and where they stack among the rest.
#1 Stephens Co Indians
10-1 (0-0 Region 8-AAAA)
Greg McCall and his team, with Dawson Sorrells and Davis Swenson, are on fire. They are the #5-ranked team in the state. The offense is rolling (10 7+ run outbursts), including four 10-run games. 98 runs overall by this lineup, but the pitching has been even better. 31 runs allowed (2.8/game). Swenson is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA.
#2 Habersham Central Raiders
7-2 (0-0 Region 8-AAAAAA)
Habersham is riding high to start the season for the second year in a row. Hunter Ingle (.455 avg, 12 RBI) has been awesome at the plate and in the field (no errors). Jarred Jones (.545 avg, HR, 3 RBI, 10 SB) and Peyton Irvin (3-0, 0.44 ERA, 21 K; .310 avg, 8 RBI) have also been key contributors so far. Chris Akridge’s Raiders have lost only two games, both to Stephens County.
#3 Union Co Panthers
5-2 (0-0 Region 7-AAA)
The Panthers are buoyed by Chayton Schafer (.500 avg, HR, 5 RBI) and guys like Cole Davis (1.56 ERA) among many others. Patrick Baggett, Hunter Kelly and RJ Banton and the rest of the team are hitting well, and have Robby Roxbury pleased through the first wave of the season.
#4 Commerce Tigers
6-5 (0-0 Region 8-A)
The Tigers have dropped a few they’d like to have back, but split with Union (see above) and beat Rabun and Lumpkin as well. Commerce has gotten great play from sophomore Colby Rogers.
#5 Dawson Co Tigers
4-4 (0-0 Region 7-AAA)
Dwayne Sapp’s Tigers play a tough non-region slate; thus the reason they are placed here. This is temporary, as this is a very solid team with guys like Palmer Sapp, Hudson Sapp, Connor Bearden and Nate Sorrells among other key playmakers.
#6 Lumpkin Co Indians
5-3 (0-1 Region 7-AAA)
Dustin Allen’s Indians are off to a solid start at 5-2, and Connor Pierce (.353 avg) and Jacob Martin (.333 avg, HR) are keeping the offense afloat. Lumpkin’s pitching (3.78 ERA) has been good, but it would love to get a bit more out of its offense.
#7 Banks Co Leopards
4-4 (1-1 Region 8-AA)
Banks County has a high-octane offense (52 runs) but even better pitching. Take the 1-0 loss to Habersham Central for example. In five of their games, the Leopards have held the opponent to under three runs, including four times allowing two or less.
#8 White Co Warriors
2-4 (0-0 Region 7-AAAA)
The Warriors haven’t gotten the start they wanted, but there’s still plenty of time here. Weston Bray, Connor McGuire and Jared Johnson have done well carrying the team.
#9 Tallulah Falls Indians
3-3 (0-0 Region 8-A)
Mark Wilcox and his Indians have a little work to do, but a few early wins bodes well we think for setting the tone for the 2018 season.
#10 Rabun Co Wildcats
1-6 (0-0 Region 8-AA)
The Wildcats are better than their record indicates, especially with talent like Chase Horton, Sean Thompson, Gavyn Jones and Grayson Lane.
#11 Towns Co Indians
0-4 (0-0 Region 8-A)
The Indians are winless for now, but it’s way early. The run differential early on is scary though – 8 runs scored (2/game) to 43 allowed (5.4/game).