Lithonia Gives New Head Coach First Win, Lakeside Remains Hot

Lithonia's Zalyn Davis fouls off a pitch against M.L. King in recent Region 5-5A play. Davis had a big double in Bulldogs win over Clarkston giving first year head coach Marcus Benton his first win. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Lithonia’s Zalyn Davis fouls off a pitch against M.L. King in recent Region 5-5A play. Davis had a big double in Bulldogs win over Clarkston giving first year head coach Marcus Benton his first win. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Lithonia broke into the victory category for the first time under new head coach Marcus Benton March 12, riding a stellar pitching effort from senior Xavier Cottrell in a 4-0 home blanking of Clarkston.

The southpaw started and pitched a complete game of four innings, striking out 11 and allowing only one hit. Sophomore Zalyn Davis (2-2; 2 RS; 1 2B) and Cottrell (2-2; 2 RBI; 1 RS; 1 2B) paced a six-hit Bulldog offensive attack.

Druid Hills rolled past Martin Luther King Jr. in a 17-2 home triumph March 13, as four players collected two hits each. Junior Nick Akins (2-2; 3 RBI; 1 2B), junior Max Fishbein (2-3; 2 RS; 2 RBI; 2 2B), sophomore Cullen Riel (2-2; 3 RS; 1 RBI; 1 SB) and senior Sawyer Elrod (2-2; 3 RBI; 2 RS; 1 SB) served as the offensive standouts.

Senior Joseph Weingartner (2 IP; 3 SO; 3 HA; 2 ER) registered the mound victory as the starter. Senior Helder Gonzalez also struck out two in one scoreless inning of relief.

Chamblee received a superior pitching effort from junior Taylor Flowers in a 4-0 home victory over Druid Hills March 8. Flowers went the full seven innings, striking out seven and allowing only three hit. Senior Isaac Harkins accounted for most of the Bulldog offense, going 2-3 with one run scored and one double.

Three pitchers teamed up to stifle the Shiloh offense in a 3-1 road victory for Chamblee March 10. Senior Patrick Scott (2 IP; 2 SO; 1 HA; WP); junior Tyler Sun (3 IP; 1 ER; 4 HA; 1 SO) and sophomore Jake Potthoff (3 IP; 2 HA; 3 SO) allowed seven hits and struck out six in the victory. Harkins again registered multiple hits (2-4) in leading the Bulldog offense.

Chamblee catcher Isaac Harkins checks a runner at first during action against Decatur. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Chamblee catcher Isaac Harkins checks a runner at first during action against Decatur. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Lakeside remained on fire in week No. 4, winning all three games by the cumulative margin of 39-8 to push their overall victory streak to nine. Coach Brian Granger’s Vikings swept a Region 4-AAAAAA series from Langston Hughes, rolling to decisive triumphs of 6-3 March 8, 10-3 March 10 and 17-2 March 12 in moving to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in 4-AAAAAA.

Lakeside slipped by Langston Hughes (6-3) March 8, as senior Sam Murphey (1 1/3 IP; 1 HA; 0 ER), junior Reeve Walden (2 IP; 1 ER; 2 SO; 0 HA), sophomore Will Berry (1 2/3 IP; 4 SO; WP) and junior Isaac Terrell (2 IP; 1 HA; 2 SO) teamed up to strike out eight and allow only one earned run and two hits over seven innings. Senior Zaylan Washington (2-3; 1 RBI; 1 2B) paced the Viking offensive charge. Junior Will Tansill (6 IP; 0 ER; 11 SO; 5 HA) and junior Malachi Cloud (1 IP; 0 ER; 3 SO) shined on the mound in Lakeside’s 10-3 triumph over Langston Hughes March 10.

See link below for Week 4 Scores:

DCSD Baseball Week 4 Scores


Source: DCSD Athletics

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