Irish roll in state tournament tuneup


Already 6-foot-3, Will Few stood a little taller Tuesday evening.


Primarily the Aquinas catcher, Few was instead on the mound Tuesday, but he still delivered, helping the Fighting Irish win at home against Georgia Military College, 11-1, in six innings.

Few is a possible pick as the team's No. 3 starting pitcher and thus a potential Game 3 starter in the upcoming Class A state playoffs.

"I'm usually the starting catcher," Few said. "Hopefully (the third starter) will be me. I want to do it."

Few had six strikeouts and held the Bulldogs to only three hits while throwing a one-hitter through five innings.

The leadoff hitter reached just once on Few, and when Georgia Military College did threaten to score multiple runs, its chances were ended by Few and the defense.

In the fourth, after hitting the first batter, Few got a big double play from his infield, and two innings later, though the Bulldogs finally scratched one across on an RBI single, Aquinas (21-3) got the ball in quick to catcher Colin Oliver applied the tag to get the out at home.

Earlier, in the bottom of the third, Aquinas provided all the runs Few needed when Shane Meehan started the rally with a walk.

After Tyler Williamson and Erin Hawk reached to load the bases, Brendan Douglas crushed the ball to left-center field for a two-run double. Hawk scored the third run when the Bulldogs' catcher mishandled the ball at the plate.

Sam Few followed with the second of his three hits, an RBI single that made it 4-0. That chased Georgia Military College starting pitcher Nolan Baugh, but the inning didn't stop until after Palmer Douglas added a fourth run on an RBI groundout.

The Fighting Irish (21-3) then won by the run rule by plating two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Sam Few began the inning with a double past the center fielder and Dane Anderson followed with an RBI triple.

The Bulldogs intentionally walked the next two hitters to load the bases, but the ball got away from catcher Donald Rogers to allow the clinching run to come home.

Aquinas coach Mike Laney was pleased with what he saw, especially from the battery, but he is still worried about the little things, particularly communication and intangibles.

As the runner-up in last season's state playoffs, Laney hopes this club doesn't get a feeling of entitlement as it plays Wilkinson County in a doubleheader today and looks to fight for the state championship once the Class A tournament begins.

"We got to stay hungry," Laney said.


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