Lincoln County's Diamond Devils whipped the Glascock County Panthers 12-2, but then lost in extra innings to Washington-Wilkes.
Lincoln County 12, Glascock County 2
The Red Devils baseball team won their second straight Region 7-A game Tuesday night against Glascock County. Brandon Barden led the hitters with a triple and a double. Tyler Beale pitched four innings and Austin Reed pitched the final three for the Devils.
Lincoln County jumped in front in the first inning when Beale reached on an error. Barden then tripled him in for the first run. Austin Goldman knocked in Barden with a ground ball to second that was misplayed. Glascock tied the game in the third with two outs following a hit batter and an infield error. LCHS took the lead for good in the fourth on Kiece Crite’s double and Trey Bailey’s run scoring single. The Devils added three unearned runs in the fifth on walks to Casey Norman and Beale, a ground ball error hit by Barden, a walk to Goldman and then another infield error on a ground ball hit by Crite. In the sixth, Josh Hollimon walked and Casey Norman followed with another groundball error by Glascock scoring Tristan Wynn who was running for Hollimon. Barden walked and Goldman then knocked in Norman with a single to left. Barden then scored on a wild pitch, a stolen base and a passed ball. In the seventh, Alex Bradford walked and was followed by a single by Aiken Davis. Beale drove in both runners with a triple and then scored when the ball was thrown away at third.
Washington-Wilkes 4, Lincoln County 2
The Washington-Wilkes Tigers gave the Red Devils their first region loss in a 4-2 eight inning game. Outstanding pitching dominated the game for both teams. Demont Gresham pitched the entire game for Washington and only allowed three hits. Brandon Barden was a tough luck loser for the Devils.
Washington jumped out front in the second inning on consecutive Lincoln County errors followed by a grounder to short. Barden led off the bottom of the fifth with a towering home run to tie the game. Kiece Crite then walked and went to third on Trey Bailey’s single to right. Crite scored from third on a double steal to give LCHS a 2-1 lead. Lincoln County held the lead until the bottom of the seventh when back-to-back singles gave the Tigers runners on first and third. A fly ball out to right plated the tying run for the Tigers. Washington took the lead in the top of the eight on consecutive singles which were followed by two LCHS errors. Lincoln County got a runner to third in the eighth but could not score.