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Bats propel Titans past Red Devils last week

March 26, 2021 - 00:00
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    LOA’s Mac McCommons (No. 1) steps in the batter’s box in the first inning against Lincoln County. LANCE McCURLEY/Staff

Lake Oconee Academy completed a series sweep over Lincoln County last week by outscoring them 37-4 during the three-game stint.

In the first game against the Red Devils, junior Owen Etris pitched a three-inning shutout as LOA won by mercy rule. Etris only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six.

LOA scored 11 runs in the top of the first to solidify the victory.

JP Sheehan led the team with four RBIs while going 3-for-3 at the plate. Etris and Harrison Tolleson added two hits apiece.

Sheehan toed the rubber for the Titans in the first of two Friday games, throwing five complete innings and striking out one while allowing three hits, zero earned runs and no walks. Mac McCommons led LOA with three hits, while Christian Greer and Etris each added two. This game ended in the mercy rule after five innings of scoreless baseball by the Red Devils.

The Red Devils took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the series finale. But the Titans responded with three runs of their own as Greer, McCommons and Tolleson all crossed the plate. LOA tacked on four more runs in the bottom half of the second inning for a 7-3 advantage. Tolleson held strong and threw five strong innings to secure the 11-4 victory.

For the first time all season, the Titans’ bats showed consistency, which is something head coach Jeremy Donaldson preaches about.

“To excel in region play, our bats will have to wake up,” Donaldson told the Lake Oconee News following a series with Social Circle earlier this season. “If we want to get in one of those top four spots in the region, we are going to need to be consistent enough against better arms.”

Against the Red Devils, LOA posted its three highest-scoring games of the season with Sheehan, Tolleson, McCommons and Etris leading the team in hits. The Titans totaled 26 hits last week, which is what Donaldson is looking for. Still, his team totaled 17 strikeouts during the three-game series.

“We’re going to have to limit the strikeouts,” Donaldson said earlier this season.

“Getting behind in the count early is what kills us, especially when we have runners in scoring position. Moving forward, I am hoping we can fix that.”

With the sweep, the Titans improve to 4-6 before hosting a three-game home series with Greene County this week. Starting on April 1, the Titans will host a doubleheader with Washington-Wilkes. The following day LOA will travel to

Wilkes County to close out the series against the Tigers.