In my previous column I detailed the tremendous opening weekend for former Greenbrier High School standouts T.D. Davis and Ben Morgan. Each played major roles as Georgia Southern University took two of three games from the University of Georgia.
Well, Davis and Morgan were at it again Wednesday night. GSU was taking on No. 13 Florida, and the Eagles prevailed 8-7 in extra innings. Davis and Morgan combined for five of the Eagles’ 10 hits.
The Columbia County duo came through in the clutch versus the powerful Gators.
With the Eagles down 7-6 in the seventh inning, Morgan singles and stole second base. He would score the game-tying run on a single through the left side of the infield by David.
In the 12th inning, Davis singled and
eventually scored the game-winning run when freshman Cole Watson drew a bases loaded walk.
For the game Davis was 3 for 5 with three runs scored, while Morgan was 2 for 6 with a pair of runs scored and his fourth stolen base in as many games.
Harlem, Evans earn props
The boy’s teams from Evans and Harlem had their seasons come to an end in the opening round of the Georgia High School Association state basketball playoffs. I am sure all the players and coaches for both teams are extremely disappointed. It flat-out hurts to lose, especially when you have enjoyed such a fine year. Neither team has any reason to be down. On the contrary, they both had wonderful seasons that they should be proud of.
Harlem lost to AA Powerhouse Vidalia 84-63. Vidalia is 27-1 on the season and one of the favorites to claim the Class AA title. Harlem finishes the season 15-15. Bulldog fans had plenty to cheer about this season. First off, the win total was the highest in several years. They also advanced to the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.
And to be honest, it was simply nice to hear people talking about Harlem basketball. With sophomore Reggie Reid leading the way, the Bulldogs became a team area fans wanted to see play, and Reggie and the Bulldogs usually did not disappoint.
For Evans, this was a special year as well. Despite a 71-61 loss to Jenkins County Wednesday night, the Knights put together another solid campaign. Head coach Kevin Kenny has built a tremendous tradition at EHS. This season, his Knights added to the coach’s sensational run over the last decade.
The Knights returned a pair of outstanding players this season in highly thought of point guard Damian Foreman and senior inside workhorse Jacob Buchanan. However, no local basketball experts thought Evans would pile up 23 wins. Kenny’s teams have averaged 20 wins a season over the last eight seasons, but most figured Evans would have a tough time winning 20 this season.
As a supporting cast led by K’Lon Lovett, Matt Epps, Matlin Marshall and Patrick Lawrence emerged, it was clear this group was a threat for any team on any night. They posted wins over North Augusta, who advanced to the Elite 8 in South Carolina AAAA play. They also notched a win against Aquinas, which features one of the Top 20 junior players in the country in Ahmed Hill. The 23 wins is also the second most in school history.
At press time the Evans girls team was preparing for Round 2 of the GHSA playoffs, and Augusta Christian’s boys squad was set to square off with highly touted Hammond, for a third time, in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association state semi-finals. I will have more on those teams as they conclude their seasons, which hopefully will not be for a little while longer.