G’ana moves record to 5-1 on season

Published 3:15 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Georgiana Panthers picked up their fifth win of the season 17-6 over McKenzie last Friday.

That win was especially big following a 13-3 loss to Pleasant Home on Monday.

“I told them before the game that Pleasant Home took it to us the last time we had a layoff,” said Georgiana head coach Shane Smothers. “They stepped up to the challenge, and I’m proud of that.”

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“The first inning was probably the best we’ve looked at the plate all year,” he added.

The Panthers exploded for eight runs in the first inning.

Kevin Brogden scored twice, and Jeffrey Phillips, Lajordan Crittenden, Terrance Hatcher, Jerrod Lee, Joe Mixon and Cody House each scored once.

Phillips and Levi Ray came around in the third inning, and Mixon added one more in the fourth.

The Tigers showed some life in the second with a run from Calvin Henderson and two runs from Cliff Pugh and Josh Scruggs in the fourth.

Georgiana responded with runs from Crittenden, Hatcher, Lee, Mixon, Jim Grayson and Andy Oikle in the fifth inning.

McKenzie had a chance to extend the game after getting runs from Joseph Wright, Freddy Banks and Matt Lewis with the bases loaded, but they were unable to come through with a big hit.

“We just had too many mental mistakes,” said McKenzie head coach Mike Bass. “We need to be more aggressive at the plate, but we did get good hits from Roscoe Moorhead and Cliff Pugh.”

“Our attitude is also not quite what it should be,” Bass added. “We’ve got to find that extra little bit that it takes to win.”