HAMILTON, Ga. -- Harris County scored 26 runs in two games without allowing one and swept visiting Bradwell Institute 14-0 and 12-0 Friday night to move into the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs.
"Obviously, it is a whole lot easier playing from ahead than from behind," Harris County coach Steve Westmoreland said. "You don't want to have to chase somebody in a doubleheader. It was good to get some quality at bats and realize we were going to be able to score some runs."
In Game 1 Kurt Ornowski opened the bottom of the first inning with a walk and
was moved to second when Hughes Massengale was hit by a pitch. A. J. Willoughby doubled to drive in both Ornowski and Massengale. Christian Wiggs doubled to drive in Willoughby for a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers batted around in the bottom of the second. Dillion Rodgers walked and scored on Ornowski's 2-run home run.
Massengale was hit by a pitch and scored on Willoughby's second double. Wiggs drove in Willoughby with a one-out single and moved to second on Neil Jimmerson's single. Casey Cobb was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Harris County batters were hit by pitches 4 times in Game 1 and 9 times in the two games combined.
Cody Durham drove in two with a single. Dillon Rodgers drove in Cobb on a ground out to push the lead to 7-0 after two innings.
Cobb allowed only one Bradwell base runner over four innings, a 2-out single given up to Maxwell Ashe while striking out 5 and walking none.
The Tigers added four more in the bottom of the fourth. Jimmerson reached on an error and was driven in ahead of Cobb's double. Pinch hitter Hunter Morgan hit a double off the wall to score Cobb.
Harris County loaded the bases when Ornowski was hit by a pitch and Jacob Rovig walked. Willoughby picked up his fourth RBI of the game when he was hit by a pitch. Tyler Maley drove in the final Tiger run on a ground out for a 14-0 score.
Playing as the visiting team in game two the Tigers' offense started slowly with no runs in the first and one in the second.
"Last week through this week I worked hard hitting," Willoughby said of going 3-for-3 at the plate and driving in four runs. "We feel very confident. We thought we played pretty good. Sometimes when we play teams that aren't the best we play down to them. We played up. The whole team was up."
Wiggs doubled to open the top of the second inning, but was caught stealing at third. Jimmerson singled and was driven in on Durham's double for a 1-0 lead.
Harris County batted around in the top of the third. Ornowski led off with a single and moved to second when Massengale was hit by a pitch. Massengale was hit by a pitch three times in the two games. Maley cleared the bases with a home run over the left field fence.
Wiggs singled and Jimmerson was hit by a pitch. Durham drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Dillon Rogers singled to drive in another for a 6-0 lead after three innings.
Harris County added two more in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to take a 9-0 lead into the seventh inning.
Rovig, Ornowski and Cason Ragon lead off the top of the seventh with three straight singles.
Ornowski's drove in Rovig. Ornowski and Ragon scored on an Bradwell error for the final 12-0 margin.