Hollomon’s grand slam leads Schley County past Crawford County
By Staff Reports
ROBERTA, GA – Schley County’s Chance Hollomon belted a grand slam home run in the top of the first inning to set the tone for the rest of the game. It was part of a 10-run barrage by the Wildcats, which propelled them to a 16-1 route of Crawford County on Tuesday, March 13, at Crawford County High School.
The inning started off with Jordan Hall getting a single. Then Hollomon was hit by a pitch, advancing Hall to second. Then Camron Vanlerberghe hit a pop fly that was mishandled by the Crawford County first baseman. This loaded the bases for Wade Law. Law took advantage of the situation by doubling to left field, driving in three runs. Law advanced to third on the throw from the outfield. Schley’s next batter, Ashton Goodin, was hit by a pitch. Courtesy Runner Logan Wurtz was brought into the game to run for Law.
After Cameron Belcher was called out on strikes, Dylan Taylor drew a walk to load the bases again for the Wildcats with one out.
Trent Bivins then singled, driving in two runs. At this point, the Wildcats led 5-0 with one out in the inning. Garrett Peavy is then hit by a pitch, loading the bases once again. Jordan Hall was called out on strikes, so the Wildcats had the bases loaded with two outs.
This was Chance Hollomon’s moment and he took advantage of it. Hollomon belted a grand slam home run over the left field wall, giving the Wildcats a commanding 9-0 lead. All of this happened before a Crawford County batter could even swing at a pitch.
It wasn’t over yet for the Wildcats. Camron Vanlerberghe drew a walk, then Wade Law singled to left field, advancing Vanlerberghe to second. The Wildcats had runners at first and second with two outs and a 9-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Ashton Goodin singled to left field, but Logan Wurtz was thrown out at second to end the inning. The Wildcats had scored 10 runs before Crawford County’s first at bat.
Schley County Starting Pitcher Garrett Peavy allowed one run in the bottom of the first, but that would be all the Eagles would get.
Schley County scored four more runs in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fifth to complete the 16-1 shellacking of the Eagles. The Wildcats scored 16 runs on 14 hits and committed three errors. Crawford County was held to one run on one hit, and the Eagles committed three errors.
Hollomon went 1 for 3 with the grand slam homer. He also scored three runs. Jordan Hall and Camron Vanlerberghe each went 2 for 3 in the game. Vanlerberghe scored three runs. Wade Law went 2 for 4 and drove in three RBIs. Ashton Goodin went 2 for 2 and drove in two RBIs.
With the big lead, Schley County Head Coach Chuck Cheek was able to use five pitchers in the game. Garrett Peavy started the game on the mound. He pitched one inning, giving up one unearned run, walking one and striking out two. Lorne Barineau pitched an inning, giving up no runs or hits. He walked none and struck out one. Trent Bivins pitched an inning, allowing one hit, no walks and he struck out three. Dylan Windham came into the game to relieve Bivins. Windham pitched an inning, giving up no hits, no walks and striking out two.
Cameron Belcher was the fifth and final pitcher used by Cheek. Belcher finished the game by not giving up any hits or walks, and he struck out two.
Schley County (8-1, 6-0) will travel to Columbus on Thursday, March 15, to take on Brookstone (13-2, 4-0) in a tough Region 4 – 1A match-up. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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