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February 21, 2014

Schley County drops Seminole County at Darton College

ALBANY — Schley County earned their first win of the season in a home contest against Perry on Monday, and on Wednesday they earned their first road win against the Seminole County Indians at Darton College. Although Wildcat Head Coach Chuck Cheek knows that there is still plenty of work to do, he is probably not too disappointed with his team’s lopsided 12-5 victory over the Indians.

Sophomore pitcher Michael Leeder earned the win on the mound for the ‘Cats in Monday’s game after pitching to just one batter, and with four strong innings on Wednesday he claimed another victory to move to 2-0 on the season. Leeder also excelled at the plate, collecting three hits in four at bats and driving in two of the Wildcats’ 12 runs.

The Wildcats had the luxury of earning a big lead early after exploding on offense in the first inning to score five runs. Despite giving up two runs to the Indians in the bottom of the opening frame, Schley continued to hold a large advantage thanks to a three-run top of the second inning to claim an 8-2 lead over the home team.

Schley kept up the hot hitting in the third inning with another run, and after giving up two in the bottom of the fourth they put the finishing touches on the contest with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. From that point in the ‘Cats relied on their pitching and defense to propel them to the end of the game and the seven-run victory.

Leeder finished his four innings of work on the mound with seven strikeouts and only allowed two hits to the Seminoles.

The leading hitter for Schley County was senior second baseman Matt Corbin, who tallied three hits in five trips to the plate. Corbin also brought home a third of Schley’s runs with a game-high four RBIs.

After several near misses to open his highly anticipated freshman season on Monday in Ellaville, Clint Sellars also had a big day in Albany. Sellars stroked two hits, including a double and drove in three runs for Schley. Ryan Ragsdale had two hits and two RBIs, and Josh Hutchins also had a hit and two RBIs. Chase Patrick rounded out the impressive statistic list with two hits in four trips to the plate.

Many coaches would be thrilled with a one-sided victory on the road, but Cheek emphasized that his team still has a lot of work to do if they hope to defend their 2013 Region 4-A Championship.

“We didn’t look great on the mound or defensively. We struggled with our command on the mound and made some errors in key situations in the field,” he said. “We know we have to play better to have a chance at defending our region title.”

Schley County will return to their home field on Monday for another non-region test against a tough opponent. Peach County will travel to Ellaville for the match-up that is set to begin at 5 p.m.

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