High School Sports

Highlanders host Skyhawks in first-place clash

Heathwood Hall hosts Hammond in Tuesday’s first-place showdown in SCISA Region 2-3A baseball.

The Highlanders enter the game with a 5-1 region record, while the Hammond stands at 4-1. Heathwood Hall rallied for a 7-6 win in the first meeting of the teams on March 13 at Hammond.

Last week, the Highlanders dropped their first region game of the season to Augusta Christian, but bounced back three days later to score an 8-7 win over the Lions. Davis Ray, back in action after missing two weeks with an injury, had three hits, scored three runs and had one RBI in the rebound win on April 3. Melton Bristow went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, and Chris Leventis and Morgan Whalen drove in two runs apiece. Whit Hensley was the winner on the mound, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. The sophomore right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out seven without issuing a walk.

Bristow continues his torrid hitting. The senior sports a .462 batting average and an astounding 1.297 OPS. Twelve of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases (10 doubles, two triples). He has scored 11 runs and leads the team with 16 RBIs. Ray is hitting .553 (8-for-15) with five runs and four RBIs. Chris Barton is batting .312 with 14 runs scored. Derek Kaczmarski is hitting .400 with five runs and six RBIs. Leventis is batting .276 and is second on the team with eight RBIs.

Bristow and Hensley have been the standouts on the hill. Bristow is 3-1 with one save, a 1.94 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of work. Hensley is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA and an opponent’s batting average of .216 and 33 strikeouts and just three walks in 27.2 innings.