Indians Into State Baseball Quarters With Sweep

The Stephens County Indian baseball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the state AAAA baseball playoffs.

The Indians won their 21st and 22nd games of the year, sweeping Northwest Whitfield in a second-round doubleheader Thursday in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

In the first game, senior Austin Lord scattered six hits and struck out eight on the mound while driving in three runs at the plate as the Indians beat the Bruins 7-1.

After giving up a run in the first, Lord held Northwest Whitfield scoreless through the next five innings. Ryan Cleveland closed out the game for the Indians on the mound in the seventh.

Evan Rumsey contributed two RBIs at the plate for Stephens County in the first game.

The second game was a wild one as Stephens County lost the lead, got it back, and held on for a 16-14 win to take the series.

Northwest Whitfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Indians battled back and led 11-5 after four innings.

Down 12-7 in the top of the sixth, the Bruins scored six runs to take a 13-12 lead.

The Indians came right back though and scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 16-13 lead.

Northwest Whitfield scored one in the seventh and had the tying runs on base when Max Thomas got the final out for Stephens County on the mound.

Kain Dyer-Hewitt had five RBIs at the plate for the Indians, including a three-run home run. Logan Bell also homered and Davis McCall and Ryan Cleveland each had a couple of RBIs.

Stephens County is now 22-5 on the year and will travel to Cordele Tuesday to take on Crisp County in the quarters.