Athens Drive High School Baseball: 2008 Game Summaries

Friday, May 11
State Playoffs: Southview 1 -- Athens 0
Athens Drive dropped a heartbreaker to the Southview Tigers on Friday night in the first round of the state playoffs. (How many heartbreakers can you have in one season….we’re setting the record this year). Vance Williams was on the mound for the Jags, and had a stellar game. He gave up only one hit, and one unearned run while striking out 12 of 20 batters he faced, and walking none. In the first inning Weaver reached after being hit by a pitch. He advanced to third on a pick off attempt, and scored on the only hit of the night for the Tigers when Hoffman reached out and hit an outside curve ball between 3rd and short. The Tigers would not have another runner reach base the rest of the game. Williams filled up the strike zone with a sizzling fast ball that kept their batters off balance all night. He threw only 17 balls out of 73 pitches on the night.

Once again, the Jags hard luck offense couldn’t plate a single run to keep the game going. Only 4 strikeouts on the night, but the Jags hit it right at someone most of the night. The Tigers defense had no errors and turned 3 double plays on the night. The controversial top of the 5th left many Jag fans steaming as DeMeo was called safe at first when the throw from short pulled the first baseman off the bag. The Tiger’s coach questioned the call, and the umpire ended up changing his mind and calling DeMeo out. After a ground out, Travis Lush belted a double to the fence that would have scored DeMeo to tie the score. Not to be. The Jags showed signs of a 7th inning rally as Snotherly walked to lead off the inning, and Smith singled to put 2 runners on with no outs. A pop up, strike out, and long fly to center would end the game with the Jags down 1-0.

Offensively: Lush 2-3 (2B), Smith 2-3


Monday, May 7
Athens Drive 5 -- Green Hope 4
Senior day for the Jaguars was sunny, but incredibly windy. Tribute was paid to the 5 Athens Drive seniors who played their last game on the Jaguar field today. Those seniors are Steve DeMeo, Patrick Johnson, Michael Kelly, Brad Moore, and Vance Williams.

Travis Lush took the mound for Athens Drive and went 6 strong innings. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4 batters. Green Hope got on the board early when Poythress hit a triple into right field, and scored on Kipp’s single the shallow center. Lush retired the side in order in the second. Athens only had 2 base runners reach in the first and second innings.

Williams led off the bottom of the 3rd with a double to left center. Johnson reached on an error, and Moore singled into left center to score Williams. That would be all for Falcon’s starter Chris Perry as he was replaced by left Dylan Kipp. Paske singled to center to load the bases. Snotherly then lined out to second base. Smith followed with a line shot to first which Simpson caught and tagged first to double up Paske. Jags strand 2 runners, but the score is tied 1-1.

The Falcons managed to load the bases in the top of the 4th on a single by Kochuk, and a double by Cole. After a ground out, the Jags intentionally walked David Shambley, always a threat at the plate. Williams made a diving catch on a fly to left center by Chris Perry to end the Falcons scoring threat. The Falcons scored 3 runs in the 5th off of 4 hits and a walk to put them up 4-1. The Jags scored a run in the 6th off of 2 hits and 2 walks. Kyle Hathcock pitched a shut out 7th with a grounder back to him, a walk and 2 strikeouts. The 7th inning would prove to be the difference in the game as the Jags took advantage of 3 Falcon errors, and a single by DeMeo. The game winning run scored on a pinch hit single by Justin Booth up the middle. No pressure…..just 2 outs and the game on the line! Way to go Justin!!

The Jags will travel to face Southview HS on Friday night at 7pm.


Friday, May 4
Middle Creek 10 -- Athens Drive 1
Athens Drive faced an inspired and very vocal Middle Creek team on their senior night. The cold damp weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 9 Middle Creek seniors on this night. Vance Williams was on the mound for Athens Drive, taking the loss. He gave up 7 runs (one unearned) on 5 hits, 5 walks, and struck out 10.

Athens got on the board in the first inning when Moore reached on an error. Paske singled, Smith singled and DeMeo drove in Moore with an RBI single to right field. A strikeout would end the Jags scoring threat with bases loaded. Middle Creek came right back in their half of the inning when Bornman reached on an error and advanced to 3rd on a ball in the dirt which made it back to the screen. He then scored on a slow roller down the third base line to tie the score.

Tyler Wood settled in to his rhythm with a nasty cutter that the Athens batters could not lay off. He sat down the Jags in order in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th inning, before walking Lush to lead off the 5th. Johnson singled, but a fly out to left and a strike out would once again strand 2 Jags on base. In the bottom of the second, Spears led off with a single back up the middle off of a Williams change up, followed by a single by Frongello.   After a strike out, Bornman walked after working the count full to load the bases. Latimore, Williams’s future teammate at NCSU, lined a powerful double to the outfield to rack up 3 RBI’s... Bombadier’s sac fly to center would score Latimore to put the Mustangs up 5-1.

Williams sat down the side in order in the 3rd with 2 strike outs and a ground out. The 4th saw a strike out, a walk and 2 ground outs. In the 5th inning Bombadier popped out to Smith at 3rd, Wood walked, Cole struck out. Adams and Spears both walked after working the count full to load the bases. On an 0-2 count Frongello’s defensive swing single into shallow right field would score 2 more Mustangs to make the score 7-1. In the top of the 6th Athens once again left bases loaded on 2 hits and a walk. Lush came on in relief of Williams to pitch the 6th. Bornman led off with a fly out to left, Latimore was hit by a pitch and scored on Bombadier’s double. Wood and Cole walked to load the bases. Adams then hit a 2 RBI double before Moore made a great over the shoulder catch on a pop up by Spears, and Frongello flew out to left to end the inning with the score 10-1.

Matt Paske would be the sole base runner to reach on an error in the top of the 7th.

Offensively: Smith 2-3


Tuesday, May 1
Athens Drive 9 -- Panther Creek 4
Athens Drive got back in the win column with a 9-4 victory over the Panther Creek Catamounts today. Dan Havens started on the mound and go the win for Athens Drive. He pitched 5 strong innings striking out 2, walking 1. allowing 8 hits, and 4 runs. Kyle Hathcock shut down the Catamounts in the 6th and 7th, striking out 1, and allowing only 1 hit to earn the save. The Jaguars committed only one error in the game.

Panther Creek jumped out in front early in the first inning when Koren singled into left center, Mazzone walked, and Primm hit a line shot to the left center wall to plate both runs. A ground out ended the inning. Athens came right back in their half of the inning with consecutive walks by Paske, and Snotherly, with 2 outs. Will Smith hit a long double to left center to tie the game. Williams reached on an error, and Steve DeMeo ripped the first of 3 hits on the day to the left field fence to score Smith and put the Jags up 3-2. A ground out to end the inning left 2 runners stranded.

Havens retired the side in order in the second, inducing a ground out by Rogacki. Nelson singled before Will Smith made a great catch on a line drive by Eberhart, and caught Nelson trying to get back to first to complete the double play. Athens struck for 2 more runs in the second as Moore and Paske drew consecutive walks and scored on a passed ball, and an error.

The Catamounts closed the gap to 1 run in the third when Litke reached on a bad hop single, and Mazzone singled. Guy grounded out to DeMeo at first, but Litke scored. Mazzone scored on a slow dribbler towards 3rd by Primm. A strike out by Rogacki ended the threat. Athens added a run in the 3rd when DeMeo led off with a double and scored on a throwing error by Freed at second on a ground ball by Johnson. Neither team managed a run in the 4th or 5th inning.

Hathcock retired the side in order in the 6th for Athens. The Jags added 3 insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Moore reached on an error, and scored on Snotherly’s double. Smith walked. Snotherly scored when Williams singled into right field. Smith scored on DeMeo’s sacrifice fly to center.

The Jags record in the conference moves to 7-5. They are in a tie for 3rd with Apex.

Offensively: DeMeo 3-3 with a sac fly


Monday, April 30
Middle Creek 2 -- Athens Drive 1
Athens Drive out hit the Middle Creek Mustangs 7-3, but could not manage to get the crucial runs across the plate as they stranded 9 runners. Travis Lush pitched a complete game, striking out 5, walking 6, and giving up only 3 hits.

Middle Creek got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 2nd when Caddell reached on an error, and then scored on an error. They struck again in the 3rd when Jerrod Bornman walked and advanced to second on a bunt single by Latimore. He advanced to third on a fly ball to right field, and scored on a Jaguar error. Athens had runners on first and third in the bottom of the 3rd with only one out, but 2 strike outs ended the scoring threat. The Mustangs left bases loaded in the 5th. The Jags only score came in the 5th when Patrick Johnson doubled and moved to third on a single by Brad Moore. Johnson scored on a single by Matt Paske with only one out. The Mustangs turned a double play to end the inning. Lush retired the side in order in the 6th. Athens had 2 runners reach on errors with 2 outs in the 6th before a strike out ended the inning. The 7th inning saw both teams leave a runner stranded as the game ended 2-1.

Offensively for the Jags: Johnson 2-4 (2B), Moore 2-4, Paske 2-4 (RBI)

The loss drops the Jags into a tie for 4th with Green Hope at 6-5 in the conference.


Friday, April 27
Lee County 1 -- Athens Drive 0
Lee County topped Athens Drive 1-0 in a classic pitcher’s duel on Friday. Vance Williams was on the mound for the Jags. He gave up 4 hits, struck out 10, walked 1, and gave up 1 unearned run. JB Brewer was on the hill for the Yellow Jackets. He held the Jags to only 5 hits on the day, struck out 6, and walked 3.

Williams retired the side in order in the first with 2 strike outs and a ground out. Brewer followed suit in the bottom of the first. The top of the second began with Nick DeMuro making an incredible catch in center off a long ball by Zach Furl. Such walked and Carter doubled just barely inside the right field line to put runners on second and third with only one out. Brewer hit a hot grounder to Steve DeMeo at first, which he fielded and nailed Such attempting to score. Williams then struck out Cagle to end the inning with no runs scored. Brewer faced 5 Jaguar batters in the bottom of the second, walking 2, but a fielder’s choice, a fly out to right, and a strike out left 2 runners stranded.

Williams struck out Stack to start off the 3rd followed by a Batten single up the middle. Vernon hit into what should have been a double play, but Lush missed the bag at second. His throw to first was in time to get Williams out, but Batten scored what would prove to be the winning run from 3rd on the play. Williams struck out Furl to end the inning. Athens would manage a single in the 3rd from Patrick Johnson.

The Jags retired the side in order in the 4th and 5th. Brewer gave up a hit to Ross Snotherly in the 4th, but he was the only runner that reached base. Williams gave up one hit in the 6th, and retired the side in order in the 7th to end any further offensive threats by Lee County. Brewer gave up back to back singles with 2 outs to Snotherly and Smith, but a strike out would leave them stranded.

Athens had a chance to tie the score and force extra innings in the bottom of the 7th when Travis Lush reached on an error with one out. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by DeMuro. With Lush in scoring position, Johnson hit a line shot that would have scored him, but Batten made an incredible leaping catch to end the game.

Athens record now stands at 6-4 in conference play.

Offensive highlights: Snotherly 2-2 with a walk


Tuesday, April 24
Athens Drive 8 -- Fuquay Varina 2
Athens Drive completed a sweep of the Fuquay Bengals in Fuquay tonight. The Jags put together a total performance, scoring 8 runs on 11 hits. They capitalized on 4 Fuquay errors resulting in 3 of their 8 runs. Defensively the Jags committed 2 errors.

Travis Lush went 6 strong innings on the mound. He gave up only 4 hits, struck out 4, and walked 2. He only gave up one earned run to Cameron Conner on a solo bomb in the bottom of the 6th. Brad Moore came on in relief in the 7th and retired the side in order, striking out 2 and making a great defensive play on a slow roller down the 3rd base line for the other out.

Offensively, the Jags jumped on starter Cory Carver early in the first inning when Patrick Johnson reached on an error. Brad Moore then bunted him over to second. Matt Paske singled into left center, and Ross Snotherly sent the 3rd pitch he saw soaring over the trees for a 3 run homer. Will Smith’s bat stayed hot as he led off the 2nd with a single up the middle, DeMuro also singled, but the Bengals got out of the inning allowing no runs. Athens struck again in the top of the 5th when Johnson reached again on an error at 3rd. Moore singled down the 3rd base line. Paske then hit a shot that hit the top of the 20-foot left field fence and bounced straight up in the air before falling back onto the field. Both runners scored and Paske ended up on 3rd. Vance Williams singled between first and second to score Paske before the inning ended. The Jags added 2 insurance runs in the top of the 7th. Moore led off with a single, Paske flew out, and Snotherly singled. Williams grounded out, but moved the runners to second and third. Steve DeMeo hit a shot that scored Moore, and some heads up base running allowed Snotherly to score as the Bengals tried unsuccessfully to throw DeMeo out going to second.

Fuquay didn’t manage a hit off Lush until the 4th inning when Conner singled into left. He ended up scoring after 2 Jaguar errors. They got one hit in the 5th from Kevin Brandt. In the 6th Conner homered and Boraski singled into left, but Williams fired a shot to TJ Ruth at short and Boraski was caught in a rundown between first and second that was executed perfectly, ending with him being tagged out.

Offensive highlights include: Moore 2-4, Paske 2-4 (2B, 2RBI), Snotherly 2-4 (HR, 3 RBI), Smith 2-4 Williams 1-4 (RBI)

The Jags record is now 6-3 in conference play. They face Lee County at home on Friday, 4/27.


Friday, April 20
Athens Drive 1, Cary 0
Athens Drive shut out Cary 1-0 as Vance Williams went the distance for the Jags on the mound. He gave up 3 hits, struck out 14, and walked only one batter.

The Jags saw only one runner reach base in the first as Matt Paske doubled into the left field corner. The Imps also managed one base runner in the bottom of the first off of Michael D’Elia’s hit up the middle. Athens stranded 2 in the 2nd as Will Smith and Travis Lush both had singles. Williams struck out the side in order in the second.

In the 3rd, Paske was once again the lone base runner after singling into left again. Collier reached on a walk in the 3rd, sandwiched between 3 strike outs. The Jags 4th inning was no more productive, Will Smith singled, and Justin Booth hit a double deep down the left field line with only one out, but they were left stranded again. In the 4th D’Elia reached on an error for the Imps only base runner. The 5th inning saw each pitcher retire the side in order.

Ross Snotherly led off the 6th with a big double deep into the left field corner. Steve DeMeo bunted him over to third, and Will Smith recorded the only RBI of the game as he got his third hit down the left field line to score Snotherly. The Imps biggest scoring threat came in the 6th when Corey Shackelford singled into shallow right. Carr bunted to move him to second, and he advanced to third on a passed ball. Williams struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Ben Goldston retired the Jags in order in the top of the 7th. After Ronan grounded out, Drew Kidwell beat out the throw on a well placed bunt for a single. He stole second, and was subsequently injured on a pick off play. Williams struck out the next two batters to end the game.

The Jags conference record moves to 5-3. Offensive highlight today included Paske 2-3 (2B) and Smith 3-3 (2B, RBI). The Jags travel to Fuquay on Tuesday night.


Tuesday, April 17
Apex 15 - Athens Drive 6
It was not the outing that the Jags were looking for. Kyle Hathcock started on the mound for Athens and pitched well in the first inning, but 4 Jaguar errors would allow Apex to score 2 runs. Hathcock hit Chris Diaz to lead off the second. Chris advanced on a sac bunt by Scott Holder and scored on Austin Jones double.   Corey Thompson sent a ball deep over the fence to put the Cougars up 5-0 after 2 innings. Apex starter Houston Hawley didn’t give up a hit in the first 2 innings.

In the top half of the third Nick DeMuro singled, Patrick Johnson reached on an error by Diaz, and Matt Paske drove in both runners with a single up the middle. The Cougars came right back in the bottom of the inning to score 5 runs on 3 hits, including a 2 run bomb by Michael Knox. Travis Lush came on in relief of Hathcock and got a strike out to end the inning. Both teams were scoreless in the 4th.

Athens scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th off 3 singles by DeMuro, Moore and Paske and a Cougar error. Lush gave up one hit, and struck out 3 batters to keep the Cougars off the board in the 5th as well. Michael Knox came in to pitch in the top of the 6th. After striking out the first batter, he hit Will Smith, then walked Lush and DeMuro to load the bases. Smith scored on Johnson’s sac fly to left, but Lush and DeMuro were left stranded. Apex scored 5 more runs in the bottom of the 6th off 4 hits, 2 walks, a hit batter and an error. Knox struggle with control in the top of the 7th, hitting Michael Kelly, and walking both Mitch Covert and Tabor Bell to load the bases. Josh Wilkinson came on in relief to finish the inning. Justin Booth worked the count full before hitting an infield fly and Lush lined out to centerfield to end the game.

The Jags conference record drops to 4-3. Offensively, DeMuro went 2 for 2 and Paske went 2 for 3. Next game is at Cary at 4pm on Friday.


Thursday, April 12
Athens Drive 2 - Green Hope 1
In a conference nail-biter, Athens Drive defeated Green Hope 2-1 to hand the Falcons their first conference loss. Vance Williams pitched a complete game giving up only one hit to Travis Monticello in the bottom of the second inning. He struck out 11 batters, walked 3 and hit 1. The Falcons scored their only run when Williams hit Dylan Kipp, who led off the second inning. He advanced to 3rd on Monticello?s double down the right field line, and scored on an error. After the second inning, the Falcons never hit a ball out of the infield, sending only 3 batters per inning to the plate until the 7th, when Williams faced 4 batters.

Offensively, for the Jags, Matt Paske singled in the first inning. Will Simpson retired the side in order in the second. Travis Lush led off the 3rd with a double, and Patrick Johnson reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Both runners were left stranded. Ross Snotherly blasted a home run over the scoreboard to lead off the 4th inning and tie the score at 1-1. Simpson hit Will Smith. Lush and Nick Demuro walked to load the bases before Simpson got the last out. The Jags left one runner stranded in the 5th inning when Simpson hit Snotherly. They left another stranded in the 6th after Lush singled. In the 7th inning, the Jags took advantage of 2 Falcons errors and showed great patience at the plate as Dylan Kipp struggled to throw strikes. Patrick Johnson reached on a throwing error after striking out, and Brad Moore reached on a confusing play after laying down a great bunt. The first baseman fielded the ball, and threw to the second baseman who was covering first. He couldn?t get his foot set on the bag, and Brad beat the throw to put runners at first and second with no outs. After a strike out, Kipp walked Snotherly, and Steve DeMeo. When DeMeo walked, Johnson scored what proved to be the winning run. Kipp induced 2 strikeouts to end the inning.

The victory takes the Jaguars conference record to 4-2. They face cross town rival Apex next on Tuesday at 7pm.


Saturday, April 7
Bobby Murray Tournament: Athens Drive v. Millbrook CANCELED
Bobby Murray Tournament: Athens Drive v. Millbrook CANCELED
Due to field conditions, temperature in the 30s and wind, the 9th place game of the Bobby Murray, scheduled to be played at Millbrook HS was cancelled.

Congratulations to Will Smith for being named to the All Tournament team!!!


Friday, April 6
Bobby Murray Tournament: Leesville 7 - Athens Drive 1
Once again the Jags couldn’t muster any offense against a hard hitting Leesville Rd. team. With 9 fly outs on the afternoon, the Jags failed to score a run until the bottom of the 7th when Michael Kelly reached on an error and later scored on Vance Williams’ ground out to short. TJ Ruth, Brad Moore, Steve DeMeo, and Will Smith recorded the Jags only hits of the day.

Leesville pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon and showed great patience at the plate resulting in 7 walks on the day.


Thursday, April 5
Bobby Murray Tournament: Wakefield 7 - Athens Drive 0
Bobby Murray Tournament: Wakefield 7 - Athens Drive 0
Athens Drive ran up against a hard hitting 11-2 Wakefield team in their first game of the Bobby Murray Tournament. On a frigid night, the Jags were not able to score any runs against Wakefield starter Jarred Hayes. Will Smith had 2 singles and Justin Booth had one single for the only Athens hits of the game.
      
Vance Williams started on the mound for Athens. After hitting the first batter, and walking the second, Williams took a shot to the hip from the bat of Young that affected his normal stride off the mound. The tightness caused him to struggle with control over the next 2 innings. He gave up 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 3. He gave up 2 unearned runs and 1 earned run. Dan Havens came on in relief in the bottom of the 4th inning. He gave up just 4 hits, walked 2, and gave up 2 unearned runs, and 2 earned runs.

The Jags face Leesville Rd in the second game at 4pm on Friday. Leesville lost 9-2 to Fuquay on Thursday, so this is a must win for both teams.


Friday, March 30
Athens Drive 10 - Panther Creek 2
Vance Williams threw 5 innings against Panther Creek, giving up no hits, walking 2, and striking out 11 batters. Kyle Hathcock pitched the 6th and 7th inning giving up only 1 hit walking 2 and striking out 2.

The young Panther Creek pitchers gave the Jaguar batters a little trouble in the first couple of innings. Athens scored 2 unearned runs in the first 3 innings, before Justin Booth crushed a double in the top of the 4th for the Jags first hit of the game, which scored Will Smith, who had walked, and advanced to second on a passed ball. In the 5th inning, Ross Snotherly doubled and then scored on a double by Steve DeMeo. Smith reached on an error and Booth ripped his second double of the game to score both DeMeo and Smith. In the top of the 6th, Patrick Johnson led off with a double, Brad Moore walked and both scored on a series of passed balls. Athens would record one more run in the top of the 7th when Tabor Bell walked and later scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Michael Kelly.

Panther Creek recorded one earned run and one unearned run in the bottom of the 6th for their only scores of the afternoon.

Offensively for the Jags Booth was 2-3 (2 2B, BB, 3 RBI)

The Jags record moves to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2 in conference play.


Tuesday, March 27
Athens Drive 3 – Lee County 9
Athens Drive ran into a hard hitting Lee County team on Tuesday night, dropping to 2-2 in conference play. Lee County topped the Jags 9-3 by scattering 10 hits and taking advantage of a couple of Athens errors.

Athens jumped on the board in the first inning. With 2 outs, Matt Paske walked, Ross Snotherly singled, Vance Williams singled, and Steve DeMeo singled to score Paske and Snotherly and put the Jags up 2-0. Lee County countered with 2 runs in the bottom of the first after a misplayed fly ball to center and a single put 2 runners on base. Zach Furl, the Lee County winning pitcher, doubled to score both runners and tie the score at 2-2.

The Jags stranded 3 runners in the top of the 2nd, and Travis Lush held Lee County scoreless as well. The Jags went down in order in the 3rd and 4th, while Lee County scored 3 runs in each inning off of 7 hits. Lush left with one out in the 3rd after feeling dizzy. Dan Havens came on in relief and finished the 3rd, and pitched the 4th before leaving the game feeling sick also.

Athens only other run occurred in the 5th when Brad Moore reached on an error by the second baseman, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a double by Paske. Williams walked to put 2 runners on, but the inning ended on a 6-4-3 double play. Kyle Hathcock pitched the 6th and 7th giving up only one hit with one run scored on an overthrow to 3rd. Athens record now stands at 6-3-1 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Offensive stats: Johnson 2-4 (2B), Paske 2-2 (RBI, 2B, BB), DeMeo 1-4 (2 RBI)


Friday, March 23
Athens Drive 6 - Fuquay Varina 0
Athens Drive improved to 2-1 in conference play with a 6-0 defeat of the Fuquay Varina Bengals. Vance Williams started on the mound for the Jags and pitched a complete game shut out. He had a no hitter going into the 7th, but gave up a bloop single to Corey Carver, and another single to Bryant Clark, sandwiched between 3 strike outs. He fanned 17 batters total and walked none. Matt Paske did a nice job hanging on to several 3rd strike foul tips. Williams hit Kevin Brandt with the first pitch of the game to put one runner on base. Cameron Conner reached on an error in the 4th, and Carver reached on a fielder’s choice before Borwoski grounded out to Will Smith at 3rd base. The Bengals would have no more runners reach base until the top of the 7th.

Offensively, the Jags started slowly as Brandt retired the side in order in the first 2 innings. With 2 outs in the 3rd, Nick DeMuro singled to right and scored on Patrick Johnson’s long fly to right which the right fielder misplayed. Johnson advanced to 3rd on the play, and scored on Brad Moore’s single to right. Matt Paske singled to left to put runners on first and second before Brandt induced a ground out to end the inning. Travis Lush led off the bottom of the 5th with a double to left. DeMuro laid down a perfect bunt on the first base line, and reached safely as the first baseman tried to catch Lush going to 3rd. Lush scored on Johnson’s double to deep right center. Athens put up 3 insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Will Smith singled, and scored on a Justin Booth double to left. Lush walked and DeMuro reached on an error to load the bases. Johnson hit his second double of the afternoon to score both Booth and Lush, and put the Jags up 6-0.

Stats: Johnson 2-4 (2 2B, 3 RBI), DeMuro 2-3


Tuesday, March 20
Athens Drive 5 – Cary 0
Athens Drive earned their first conference victory against the Cary Imps with Travis Lush and Kyle Hathcock pitching shut out baseball for the Jags. Lush pitched 6 strong innings striking out 6, walking 3 and giving up only 3 hits. Hathcock came on in the 7th and walked one, but gave up no hits.

Offensively the Jags started a little slowly. In the first inning Johnson walked, but got picked off stealing second, and Paske walked but got picked off at first. The second inning saw Snotherly reach on a walk. A single by Williams sent him to second, and another single by DeMeo loaded the bases with no outs. The scoring threat ended as the next 3 batters struck out. In the bottom of the 3rd, Johnson walked once again, and Brad Moore followed with a single. Snotherly hit a laser single to left that scored both Johnson and Moore to put the Jags up 2-0. The Jags were scoreless in the bottom of the 4th with TJ Ruth getting the only single of the inning. In the bottom of the 5th Paske struck out, but reached first safely on the dropped 3rd strike. He stole second, and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Snotherly singled again for his 3rd RBI of the game. In the bottom of the 6th Will Smith singled, TJ Ruth and Justin Booth walked. Johnson drove in two runs with a shot down the left field line. That put the Jags up 5-0. That takes the record to 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.


Thursday, March 15
Apex 9 – Athens Drive 7
Athens Drive opened conference play against cross town rival Apex on Thursday, March 13th.   Vance Williams (NCSU) started on the mound for the Jags. He allowed 2 earned runs off of 6 hits, struck out 6, walked 2, and hit one batter. The Jags managed 9 hits off of Cougars starting pitcher Eric Graham, and scored 7 runs in those 5 innings.

The Jags scored 2 in the first after Patrick Johnson singled and then score on Ross Snotherly’s first home run of the season. They plated 3 more runs in the 3rd inning after Brad Moore led off with a single, Matt Paske followed with a double to score Moore, Snotherly singled into left to score Paske and DeMeo reached on an error by the Cougars shortstop to score Snotherly. After 3 innings the score is Jags 5, Cougars 0.

The Cougars scored 2 runs on 3 hits in the top of the 4th. Travis Lush came on in relief of Williams in the top of the 5th and kept Apex scoreless. The Jags recorded 2 more runs in the bottom of the 5th when DeMeo singled, and Justin Booth walked. They both scored on Johnson’s double to right center. After 5, it’s Jags, 7, Cougars 2.

The Jags defense once again faltered as they gave up 4 unearned runs in the top of the 6th inning. After 6, the score was Jags 7, Cougars 6. The top of the 7th saw Joey Fleming reach on a single, Corey Thompson (ECU) walked, and Michael Knox (UNC) put the Cougars on top with a 3 run homer. The Jags had a chance to tie or even win the game in the bottom of the 7th. With bases loaded, after singles by Lush, Nick DeMuro, and Patrick Johnson, Paske hit a laser shot to center field. Unfortunately, the centerfielder made a leaping catch to end the game. This takes the Jags record to 3-2-1 overall, and 0-1 in conference play.

Offensively for the Jags: Johnson 3-5 (2B, 2 RBI), Snotherly 2-3 (HR, BB, 3 RBI), DeMeo 2-4, DeMuro 2-4.


Tuesday, March 13
Athens Drive 6 – Sanderson 6 (10 innings)
Athens Drive and Sanderson played 10 innings before darkness forced the game to end in a 6-6 tie. Dan Havens started the game on the mound for ADHS. He faced 5 Sanderson batters, but didn’t allow a run. Athens jumped out in front early scoring two runs in the first inning off of 4 hits. Patrick Johnson and Brad Moore both singled and scored. In the second, Havens recorded a ground out, a walk, a fly out, and a strike out to hold the Spartans scoreless once again. Will Smith led off the bottom of the second with a single and scored on Johnson’s single to left field to put Athens up 3-0. That lead wouldn’t last long as the Jags defense sputtered and gave up 4 unearned runs in the top of the third inning. The offense answered in the bottom of the third with Ross Snotherly belting a big double to start the inning. Steve DeMeo and Will Smith also singled and the Jags plated 3 runs to tie the score at 6-6. Kyle Hathcock came on in relief of Havens in the 5th inning. He gave up 5 hits over the next 5 innings, and didn’t allow any runs, while striking out one, walking one and hitting one batter. Gagnon pitched the last 5 innings for the Spartans, and allowed only 2 hits, while while striking out 4 and hitting one batter. The Jags stranded 10 runners on base, while the Spartans left 13 men on base.

Offensively for the Jags, Johnson went 2-5, Snotherly went 3-5 (2B), Smith went 2-4, and Lush went 2-5.


Friday, March 9
Wake Forest Rolesville 5 – Athens Drive 4
The Jags suffered their first loss of the season in this non-conference heartbreaker. After taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning, the Jags lost 5-4 on a walk off double by Davidson, the WFR clean up batter, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs.

The Jags got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 4th when Matt Paske, who had doubled, scored as the WFR catcher tried to catch Steve DeMeo stealing second. In the top of the 6th, DeMuro doubled with 2 outs, and scored on a fielding error by the shortstop. The WFR bats came alive in the bottom of the 6th when Williamson doubled with one out. Davidson then launched a bomb over the left field fence to plate 2 runs, and tie the score.

In the top of the 7th, Paske reached on a single up the middle, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on Will Smith’s single to right field. Smith scored when DeMuro singled into left field.

The Jags led 4-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Dan Havens came on in relief of Travis Lush. The first 2 batters grounded out and popped out to shortstop TJ Ruth. The number 9 batter walked and a dropped fly ball in right field and an overthrow to the plate allowed 2 runs to score, tying the game at 4-4. The next batter walked, followed by a single by Williamson. Davidson stepped to the plate and ripped a huge double to the fence to give the Cougars the victory 5-4. This takes the Jags record to 3-1.


Tuesday, March 6
Athens Drive 1 – Riverside 0
Athens Drive hosted the Riverside Pirates on Tuesday, March 6th. Athens jumped out to an early lead as Patrick Johnson singled to right center, and advanced to second on a passed ball.   Justin Booth dropped a shallow fly into right field to advance Johnson to 3rd. Brad Moore recorded the RBI as Johnson scored on his sacrifice fly to centerfield. Vance Williams faced the minimum number of batters in 4 of the 6 innings he pitched, giving up only 1 hit in the 5th inning, striking out 8 batters, and walking only 1. The Pirates pitcher shut down the Athens offense after the first inning allowing only one more hit by Johnson in the 3rd, and a walk by Brad Moore. The Pirates threatened to tie the score in the 5th inning when the Tart, the lead off batter singled, then stole second, and advanced to 3rd on a throwing error. The threat was ended as Williams struck out the next 3 batters he faced. Thomas, the lead off batter in the 6th reached first on an error, then stole second. He advanced to 3rd on a ground out to Brad Moore at second. Williams struck out Ezelle and D. Prince to end the inning. Brad Moore came on in relief in the 7th inning. After inducing ground outs to Will Smith at 3rd, and Travis Lush at shortstop, P. Prince walked and Colleannis struck out to end the game. Williams picked up the win to take his record to 2-0 with an ERA of 0.0, and Brad Moore picked up his first save of the season. The Jags record stands at 3-0.


Friday, March 2
Athens Drive 4 – Terry Sandford 2
Athens Drive traveled to Fayetteville to take on non-conference opponent Terry Sanford at 5pm. Travis Lush started on the mound for ADHS, and USC recruit Richard Royal started for the Bulldogs. Both clubs sent 3 batters to the plate in the first inning who were retired in order. DH Ross Snotherly led off the second inning with a monster double and advanced to 3rd on a dropped 3rd strike by the catcher on Steve DeMeo. Royal threw to second to get DeMeo out on the fielder’s choice by Justin Booth. With runners on first and third, Will Smith hit a deep fly ball to center, which the fielder mishandled, to score Snotherly and Booth. The umpires ruled that the fielder dropped the ball on the transfer, and called Smith out. Terry Sanford threatened in the bottom of the 3rd with 2 hits and a walk, but Lush ended their scoring hopes by striking out their #4 batter for the second time on the night. Snotherly led off the 4th inning with another great double and scored on Booth’s sac fly to right field. Athens led 3-0 after 3.5 innings. In the bottom of the 4th the Bulldogs pulled to within one as O’Sullivan reached on a throwing error, and and Owen doubled to plate a run. Catlett then doubled to score Owen. The 5th and 6th innings saw both pitchers record 3 up, 3 down innings.. Vance Williams led off the top of the 7th with a line drive down the 3rd base line. Booth then reached first on a great bunt that the catcher threw down to second, where nobody was waiting. Williams then advanced to 3rd, and Booth went to second on a wild throw in from the outfield. TJ Ruth and Mitch Covert both walked and Williams scored the insurance run on the walk. In the bottom of the 7th, Lush induced ground outs to short and second by the first 2 batters. Royal then singled into right field, and Pittman reached on a throwing error, to put runners on first and second. Lush then struck out Ziglar on 3 straight pitches to end the game.


Tuesday, February 27
Athens Drive 4 – Sanderson 1
Stellar defense was the highlight of this non-conference win for the Jaguars, as they scored 4 unearned runs off of just 2 hits in the game. Senior pitcher Vance Williams did not give up a hit in his 5 innings on the mound, but struggled with control at times. After giving up one unearned run in the first inning, the defense went to work. Williams recorded 4 strikeouts in the first 3 innings. After the first two batters walked in the 4th, catcher Matt Paske caught the base runner too far off first, and threw him out trying to get back to the base. Steve DeMeo recorded the second out of the inning fielding a hot shot right at 1st base. Williams got out number 3 by picking off the runner at second. The 5th inning started off with a nice play by Will Smith at 3rd throwing a bullet to 1st for the out. With the next three runners reaching on walks, Sanderson had their best opportunity of the day to put some runs on the board. Their #3 batter hit a shallow fly ball to left field, and Justin Booth made a spectacular diving catch, and came up throwing to Smith at 3rd to catch the runner off base to complete the inning ending double play. Junior Dan Havens came in to close the 6th and 7th inning, giving up only one hit and striking out 2 to earn his first varsity save.

Offensively, the Jaguars capitalized on walks and an error to plate 4 runs. Brad Moore recorded the Jags’ first hit with an RBI single to right center. Nick DeMuro got an RBI on his sharp hit to first with bases loaded, and Patrick Johnson recorded the 3rd RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring speedy Booth from 3rd. The Jags got their only other hit as Johnson lined a ball to right center to score DeMuro, who reached on a dropped 3rd strike by the Sanderson catcher. The Jags start their season at 1-0.