Madison County bounced back from its worst loss of the year Saturday against Stephens County with perhaps its most significant win Monday, knocking of Region 8-AAAA leader Oconee County, 8-2, on the road.
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Madison County downed Franklin County in dramatic fashion last week, with Logan Brown driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Raiders then dropped an extra-inning home showdown with Gainesville, 1-0.
Against Franklin, the Raiders bounced back from two-straight losses with a 6-5 win over the Lions, improving to 3-3. Madison County jumped ahead early. Josh Cotton singled home Golston Gillespie in the bottom of the second to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Madison County pulled ahead 4-0 with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Noah Rogers drove home Jacob Bray. Brown tripled to drive home Gillespie and then scored on a passed ball.
Franklin County scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Brown then drove home Gillespie in the bottom of the fifth on a fielder’s choice. The Lions added three runs in the top of the sixth inning to knot the score at five. Brown then drove home Chris Lukas in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single to center field.
The Raiders had nine hits on the day. Brown led Madison County, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Gillespie as 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two walks.
Aubrey Davis started for the Raiders, giving up two runs, five, hits and three walks in 4.1 innings, while fanning eight.
Against Gainesville, Dylan Gentry was superb on the mound, giving up just one hit, while striking out 11 in six innings. But Madison County managed just three hits on the night and couldn’t score a run. The Raiders squandered a scoring opportunity after getting their first two runners on base, then committing a baserunning error that led to an out. The Raiders left the bases loaded in the first.
The inability to score runs has been a common theme this year, both for Madison County and its opponents. Madison County is batting .168 as a team and has scored 14 runs in seven games. Meanwhile, Raider pitchers have a 2.62 ERA with 30 runs allowed (18 earned) and 69 strikeouts in 48 innings.
Gentry has .875 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 16 innings. Aubrey Davis has a 1.36 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. And Josh Cotton has a 2.10 ERA in 10 innings of work. [Full Story »]
Madison County’s Cody Bond ended his storied high school wrestling career Feb. 11 in Macon, falling by a razor-thin, 9-8 margin in the Class AAAA 138-lb. state championship to Jacob Marakis of Ridgeland High School.
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Mike Woods of Colbert died last week at 65. He was the Georgia Bulldogs’ most recognizable fan, known for keeping his father’s tradition alive with a Bulldog painted on top of his head. Here is a reprint of the feature we ran on Woods in our Sept. 20, 2007 issue. Mike and Dianne Woods let me stand on their kitchen countertop to get this picture of her painting his head. [Full Story »]