The Indians opened Region 8-AAAA play with a bang, sweeping Oconee County in a three-game set last week, stretching the current win streak to nine in a row. Coach Greg McCall’s Stephens County team is now 17-1 overall and 3-0 in region play.
The Indians won the opener on the road last Wednesday 10-4. They won 4-3 on Thursday at home, and 5-4 in the finale on Friday, also at home. The second and third games were walkoff wins.
On Thursday, the Indians were down 3-2 in the seventh before they rallied for the win. Dawson Dean recorded the walkoff hit. On Friday, the boys were again facing defeat, trailing 4-1 in the seventh before surging for the 5-4 win. Chaz Bridges played the hero with the walkoff hit.
For the Indians, it’s just a continuation of what this season has been — incredible. Davis Swenson continued his stellar season, earning the win in the opening game against Oconee. Swenson is now 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 32 innings of work.
Fellow star pitcher Dawson Sorrells picked up the victory in game two, also moving to 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA, striking out 31 in 31 innings. Sorrells also recorded the game-tying hit with two outs in the third game’s seventh inning.
Bryson Fowler was the winning pitcher in game three, recording his first win of the season. He’s now 1-0 with 4 saves and a perfect 0.00 ERA in 8 2/3 innings, striking out 16. During the week, Austin Page and Zach Boyd both hit .429 at the plate.
The Indians will now prepare for region rivals Jefferson (9-6; 2-1) beginning Monday in a three-game set. The opener and finale will be at the Dragons’ field. Stephens County stands atop the region, and have the most runs (151) as well as allowing the fewest (53) in 8-AAAA. The Indians are ranked #4 in the state, according to MaxPreps.