A man was sent to the hospital Friday after losing control of his moped and hitting a tractor trailer.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, was driving his moped west on Belair Road near Columbia Road when he lost control, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy David Herrity. The moped crossed a turn lane and an oncoming lane of traffic before hitting the back tire of an eastbound Maner Building Supply Co. tractor trailer.
The man was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries, Herrity said. He was deemed at fault in the wreck.
The truck driver, James Roundtree, wasn’t injured.
After the first day of the Region 2-AAAAA baseball tournament Thursday night, just one of four series has been resolved.
No. 1 seed Houston County High School swept No. Grovetown, 14-1, 4-1, while Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside split with their respective opponents and will play "if" games on Friday, April 18.
Lakeside, Evans and Greenbrier each won the first game of their series before dropping the second. At home, No. 2 Lakeside beat No. 3 Warner Robins 7-5 then lost 6-5. On the road, No. 3 Evans beat No. 2 Jones County 5-4 before being blanked 6-0.
At Greenbrier, the No. 1 Wolfpack took care of No. 4 Northside, Warner Robins, 13-3 in five innings in Game 1 before having the tables turned on them, losing 14-4 in five innings in Game 2.
Winners of the third game in the best of three series will advance to Tuesday's semifinals and automatically earn a berth in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state baseball tournament.
At Greenbrier, both games had a similar feel to them. Three Eagles pitchers combined to walk eight batters as the Wolfpack scored in each of the five innings in their win. Osborn had to use three pitchers in the second inning in Game 2 as the Eagles sent 14 men to the plate, scoring 10 runs on just two hits with seven walks, a hit-batsmen and a wild pitch. Wolfpack pitchers would combine for 11 walks.
"Not to take anything away from them, but we didn't play very good ball tonight," said Wolfpack head coach Jason Osborn. "We made a lot of errors and that's very uncharacteristic of our team. Our strength this whole year's been pitching and defense and we didn't do either one of those well at all tonight."
Nick Sandlin (7-0) earned the Wolfpack's win. He went four innings and got out of jams throughout, some of his making and some of his teammates, who committed five errors. He allowed the three runs (one earned) on two hits with seven strikeouts, three walks and two hit-batsmen.
The Wolfpack's Braz Staples and Ty Snipes each had two hits in three trips to the plate, with Snipes doubling and launching a home run over the fence in left-center in the third inning.
Connor Hogan (6-1) took the Wolfpack's loss, lasting just an inning as he walked the first five batters and gave up a single to start the second inning.
Hard throwing righty Jason Gifford (2-4) gave the Eagles the effort they needed, shutting down the Wolfpack on seven hits without a walk.
The Evans High School boys soccer team got the kind of performances they needed from the players they were counting on Tuesday night against Northside, Warner Robins, and advanced to the semifinals of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament.
Senior captain Josh Baker entered the contest with 36 goals and scored three times, adding an assist on the Knights’ first goal, while senior goalkeeper Luca Castresana made nine saves in the Knights’ 6-2 win.
The win also ensured the Knights fourth consecutive appearance in the Georgia High School Association state tournament.
On paper it appeared Evans (10-3, 5-2 region) would have their way with the Eagles (8-8, 1-6) but led just 2-1 at the break.
“We didn’t feel bad going into halftime at all,” said Baker. “They got that one but we knew if we came out strong in the second half and put one or two on them we’d be in good shape.”
Baker was ultimately right, but the Knights found themselves still up just 2-1 with under 20 minutes to play.
With 18:08 to go, Nathan Pak scored off a KC Douglas throw-in, Castresana made a diving save on a breakaway by the Eagles’ Alex Gelter less than a minute later and Douglas assisted on Baker’s second goal with just under 14 minutes left as the Knights went up 4-1.
“We have a tendency when we get on a roll to put balls in the back of the net and start to feel comfortable attacking,” said Knights’ head coach Brian Killips.
He was thrilled with the way Castresana, who started in goal just this year, performed.
“Luca is far and away our most improved player,” Killips said. “I’m really encouraged by the way he plays. Tonight he made some remarkable saves for any keeper.”
On a play that awed Killips, Baker went down while battling a defender, pushed himself back up and rifled a shot past the keeper from 20 yards out for his final goal of the night and a 5-1 lead with 10:17 to play.
The Eagles added a late goal but junior Larry Beauchamp answered with his second of the night for the final margin.
Beauchamp, who Killips called a great soccer player, got the Knights on the board first.
At the 28-minute mark, Baker chipped the ball to the middle of the field where Beauchamp took the ball away from a defender, headed left drawing the goalkeeper out then fired to the low right side of the net.
The Knights’ Casey Renn was taken down inside the Eagles’ box with 11:50 left in half. On the ensuing penalty kick, Baker went low right as the keeper guessed left and the Knights led 2-0.
Northside’s Isaac Rivera tighened things up as he got the ball into the right corner of the goal past Castresana with 4:02 left in the half on a direct kick from 18 yards out.
When a trash fire got out of control it destroyed more than a storage shed, it consumed many of Becky Peck's most cherished memories.
"All my family photos were in there," lamented Peck.
In addition to the photos, many of Peck's clothes and other personal items went up in flames.
Peck had been burning trash in a large metal barrel on her 4.5 acre property on N. Old Belair Road several hours earlier and thought the fire was out.
"After it burned down I threw a wet cloth on top and thought that would smother it out," said Peck.
Sometime later the grass around the barrel caught fire and quickly spread to a nearby storage shed.
When Columbia County Fire-Rescue trucks arrived on the scene the shed was fully engulfed and the contents were a total loss.
No damage was reported to the house on the property.