A different dominance for Westside

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Westside beat Laney 15-1 in a mercy rule situation Tuesday. Junior lefty Chandler Hall struck out 10 batters across six innings.

It looked a lot like years past. The scenario of a powerful Patriots team dominating another roster. It's happened frequently to a lot of Westside opponents in region play over the past few years.

Tuesday's contest wasn't exactly like that. Westside (13-5) is 4-4 in region play this year.

"It's been a long time since we lost four region games," Westside coach Gerald Barnes said.

Swainsboro beat them 2-1. Metter edged them out 2-0.

"We've lost to Metter, Southeast Bulloch, Screven County and Swainsboro," Barnes said. "We're trying to regroup in the region. We've lost close games. I don't think Swainsboro has lost in the region. I don't think Metter has lost but once or twice. Metter's good. Screven's good. We're losing to good people right now."

The Patriots are looking for more pitching.

"We're still searching for the No. 2 arm," Barnes said. "We've got a freshman with a good arm named Christian Bragg. He'll be pretty good. He's just young. But we need to find another arm for the playoffs. You need two pitchers when the playoffs roll around to give yourself a chance."

ANOTHER OFFER: Barnes said outfielder Sanders Commings has received an offer from South Carolina to play football. Commings had offers from Auburn and Georgia. Barnes said an offer from Florida is on the way.

"The guy from Florida told me that they were going to offer," he said. "But Sanders hasn't been down yet. They have a day set in April they are going to go down there. He's going down. His daddy couldn't go down the day they originally set. But the coach at Florida told me that they were going to offer him."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is a defensive back or a receiver prospect, but he will play quarterback for Westside this fall.

LANEY'S CLIMB: It's also been a different year for the Wildcats.

Laney (8-8) is at the .500 mark for the first time Jerry Hunter can remember in his nine years leading the program.

"We're young and coming up," he said. "It won't be long before we really get it going here."

Hunter said for the first time in years he has a few bona-fide baseball players and not just athletes on the diamond.

Sophomore Cameron Stallings has three homers, 12 RBI, 13 stolen bases through 12 games. Seniors LaDarrien Redfield and Sam Roberts has driven home has 17 and 12 runs, respectively.

Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com.


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