By Staff Reports
It was a banner week on the local baseball from last week, as six teams posted undefeated records and one coach reached a coaching milestone.
Lavato Byrd registered his 100th victory as head coach at Cedar Grove in a 13-3 decision over Columbia March 8.
Chamblee, Druid Hills, and Lakeside led the way with 3-0 marks each.
Coach Brian Ely’s Chamblee Bulldogs romped to three impressive victories, outs-scoring Cross Keys (15-0) March 4, Shiloh (10-0) March 6 and Berkmar (15-0) March 8 by the combined margin of 40-0 to improve to 6-8 overall on the year.
Coach Pete Bartlewski and the Druid Hills Red Devils were equally dominant, romping past the likes of Clarkston (15-3) March 5, McNair (18-1) March 6 and Cross Keys (23-0) March 8 by the cumulative tally of 56-4 in moving to 4-5 overall on the season.
Druid Hills stormed past Clarkston by a 15-3 tally March 5, as junior Augie McQuaig struck out six and allowed one run over three innings to pick up the pitching decision. Senior Ali Desrochers (2-2; 2 RS; 1 RBI; 1 SB) and sophomore David McQuaig (2-4; 1 RS; 1 RBI) collected multiple hits. Sophomore Sawyer Elrod struck out eight over three innings in helping Druid Hills breeze to an 18-1 victory over McNair March 6.
The Red Devils closed out a perfect 3-0 week with a 23-0 victory over Cross Keys, as junior Joey Kooken (1 IP; 3 SO; 1 HA; WP), sophomore Joseph Weingartner (1 IP; 2 SO; 1 HA) and Desrochers (1 IP; 2 SO) teamed up to strike out eight and tossed a two-hit shutout on the mound. Freshman Max Fishbein (2-2; 2 RS; 2 RBI; 2 SB), Augie McQuaig (2-3; 3 RS; 2 RBI) and sophomore Malachi Gilbert (2-3; 2 RS; 1 RBI; 2 3B) served as the hitting leaders in the contest.
Coach Donnie Hayes and the Lakeside Vikings blitzed Cedar Grove (14-3) March 6, Lithonia (13-0) March 7 and South Gwinnett (6-4) March 8 by a 33-7 margin in improving to 7-2 overall.
Redan led a trio of 2-0 showing among DeKalb teams. Coach Alexander Wyche’s Raiders stormed past Grady (19-4) March 4 and then gained revenge on Ringgold to the tune of 14-3 (March 7). Ringgold is the team that knocked Redan out of the state playoffs in the first round in 2018.
Coach Timothy Jones and the Stephenson Jaguars rolled to Region 4-AAAAAA triumphs over Forest Park (18-3) March 6 and Charles Drew (2-0) March 8 to remain undefeated overall at 6-0 and a perfect 2-0 in the region.
Coach Matt Masce’s Tucker Tigers, meanwhile, took care of Morrow (12-2) March 6 and Forest Park (5-1) March 8 to move to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 4-AAAAAA.
Dunwoody received a strong pitching performance from senior Jack Caiaccio in a 5-3 victory over North Atlanta March 7. Caiaccio struck out eight and allowed five hits, three runs, and two walks over six innings to garner the mound decision. Senior Joe Carter paced the Wildcat offense in the contest, going 2-3 with one run scored and one RBI. The Wildcats picked up another Region 7-AAAAAA triumph in a 5-2 victory over Northview March 9. Senior Will Forth struck out four and allowed only one earned run and four hits over four and one-third innings to take the pitching decision. Junior David Julian went 2-4 with one run scored to shine brightest on the offensive end.
Junior William Harris struck out four over three innings to key McNair’s 3-2 victory over Kipp Atlanta Collegiate March 5. Harris also finished 2-2 with two RBI and one run scored on the offensive end. Harris went the full seven innings in a 4-3 triumph over Washington March 7, striking out 12 and allowing five hits. Seniors Michael Stowers (2-4) and Isaiah McClary (2-4; 1 RS) led the offense.