The Lincoln County Diamond Devils beat Glascock County 10-7 Monday to earn their first region baseball title since 1991. Our Devils are now a very impressive 17-3 overall with a perfect 8-0 record in Region 7-A.
Lincoln County 10, Glascock County 7
Lincoln County jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and then held on for a 10-7 win over the defending Region 7A champion Glascock County Panthers. The victory clinched the 2005 region championship for the Red Devils.
Cordarryl Coppin reached base on a Panther error to lead off the game. He was followed by Danny Willifordís single. Tyler Beale then tripled to knock in both runners. Beale then scored on Brandon Bardenís infield out. Glascock then bounced back for a run in the bottom of the first, helped by two LCHS fielding errors. Freshman Austin Goldman hit his first varsity home run in the second to extend the Devils lead to 4-1. Another error and a balk led to Glascockís second run in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Williford was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Bealeís double. Consecutive singles by Casey Norman and Cody Beggs got the Devils started in the fifth inning. Coppin walked to load the bases and Williford was hit by a pitch for the second time to force in Norman. Beale followed with a single to score two more Devils to give LCHS an 8-2 lead. The Panthers added a run on three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, Norman walked and Beggs singled. Goldman followed with an RBI single. Glascock County came back in the bottom of the sixth with a home run to make the score 9-4. In the top of the seventh, Williford got things going with a single. Logan Rhodes, running for Williford, went to second on a passed ball and then scored on Bealeís fourth hit of the game. Glascock made the score closer in the bottom of the seventh on a double, a single and a three run homer but Williford settled down to record his seventh win of the season.
Leading hitters for the Devils were Beale, 4-5 with six RBIís, Williford (2-3), and Beggs and Goldman (both 2-4).
Lincoln County 14, Hancock Central 4
The Red Devils defeated Region 7-A foe Hancock Central 14-4 Friday to give Lincoln County a 7-0 region mark with one week left in the regular season. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on one hit, three walks and an LCHS error. The Devils came back in the bottom of the first on singles by Danny Williford and Brandon Barden. The Red Devils took advantage of two Hancock Central errors and a Williford home run to take a 4-2 lead. Hancock came back in the top of the third on an LCHS error, two walks and a passed ball to narrow the score to 4-3.
The Devils countered with a big six-run third inning to put the game out of reach. Barden led off with a double followed by Dontai Parksí single. The next hitter, Kiece Crite, drew a walk to load the bases. Catcher Josh Hollimon was hit by a pitch to score the Devilsí fifth run of the game. Rontai Norman then singled in two runs. Cordarryl Coppin doubled in two more Devils. Tyler Beale then doubled to drive in the Devils Sixth run of the inning. Parks led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk and was replaced by Austin Goldman. Four straight hits by Crite, Casey Norman, Cody Beggs and Rontai Norman gave the Devils a 14-3 lead after four. Hancock added another run in the top of the fifth.
Coppin raised his record to 3-1 with the victory. Casey Norman pitched the fifth for LCHS. Leading hitters were Williford with three hits, Barden and Rontae Norman. Norman also had four RBIís.