Cruz’ blast to straightaway centerfield came in the sixth. The Trojans pushed across five runs that inning to get up on the Demons 8-4.
Warner Robins to its credit refused to quit. Parker Suggs led off the bottom of the sixth with a double. Landen Hattaway walked and Nathan Dempsey doubled to bring in one. Dillon Blackwell’s fielder’s choice brought in another and a boot on Alex Hvizdzak’s grounder brought in run number seven. Warner Robins could get no closer even though Kyle Griffin walked to start the seventh. He – batting fifth with him and the aforementioned being the bottom half of the lineup but that part doing all the damage for Warner Robins - ended up being stranded at second after Suggs walked with an out. Hattaway popped up and Dempsey flied out to end the game.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Bryce Traugher for Warner Robins and Jess Posey for Lee County.
The Trojans did get a run in the second but their other two – aside from the five already mentioned – came in the fifth.
Warner Robins, which was out-hit by the visitor 10-7, scored its other runs in the fourth.
Warner Robins fell to 6-5 and 2-3 in 1-AAAA. Lee County improved to 8-4, 3-2.
At Perry, Veterans tied the game at 3 with a three-run fifth. Little did both teams know they were just getting started. A six-run outburst in the inning that followed propelled the Warhawks to a 9-3 win.
They improved to 6-1 in 2-AAA, 7-6 overall, while Perry fell to 4-3, 5-8.
Veterans out-hit the host 10-2. Three of those hits were supplied by Ben Williams, who went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Zach Wilkes also drove in two while going 1-5 – that a double. He also scored once. Micah Wells did likewise (two RBI) going 2-3 – a single and a double - as did Zach Johnson, 1-4 – his also a double.
Seth Moss earned one RBI for Perry, Dillon Hendrix another and Ryan Chaney the third. Neither came via a hit.
Lyndon Meadows started things off on the mound for Veterans. He only lasted an inning and two thirds, giving up a hit but all three runs. R.J. Skeen went the rest – five and a third. He gave up the other hit, walked three and struck out eight.
Nick Martens worked five innings for Perry and gave up six hits and six runs. Myles Sowell replaced him and surrendered four hits and the final three runs.