THOMASVILLE -- Walker Valley High School (Tenn.) continued its three-game road trip through south Georgia Friday night in Thomasville, as it defeated Thomas County Central High School 14-3 in six innings.
Walker Valley lost to Colquitt County 3-1 on Thursday night but had little trouble scoring runs against the Yellow Jackets.
Already leading 7-3 in the top of the sixth, Walker Valley poured it on the Jackets, scoring seven runs and ended any hopes of a comeback.
Brandon Turner got the big inning started with a single to center field. Central catcher Dean McDermond was able to throw out Turner as he tried to steal second base, but Paul Soral responded with a double to deep center on the next pitch. Following a walk, Walker Valley scored the first run of the sixth as Craig Powell singled to bring in Soral.
Next batter, Pat Dye was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases. Ben Bennett drove in the second run of the inning with an RBI single.
The next three batters, Matt Douglas, Joe Kugler and Turner didn't have to take the bat off their shoulders to collect RBIs as they were walked with the bases loaded and the score ballooned to 11-3.
Soral accounted for the final three runs of the inning as he blasted his second double of the inning, clearing the bases and making it 14-3.
Central head coach Scott Brown said his team didn't play well in any aspect of the game.
"Bad pitching, bad hitting and bad defense," Brown said on his team's performance.
"If we don't throw strikes, bad things will happen. There is no excuse for the way we hit."
The game remained close early on as Central pitcher Kyle Palmer pitched two scoreless innings, but Brown decided before the game his star pitcher would only pitch the first two innings to save him for the Region 1-AAAA opener, Tuesday against Crisp County.
"Other things had to be addressed," Brown said. "Kyle did a great job but we can't rely on one pitcher."
Walker Valley broke through for the first two runs of the game in the fourth when Bennett hit a bomb down the first-baseline, well over the 330-foot fence. He became the first person to clear the fence at Central High School, which is larger than some major league fields.
"He has that capability," Walker Valley coach Mike Turner said.
"He just has to learn to be more discipline."
The Jackets responded in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own.
McDermond led off the inning with a walk. Palmer followed with a high pop fly to short right field. Douglas lost the ball in the lights, and it dropped in for a double, sending pinch runner Todd Newberry to third.
Matt Peacoe knocked Newberry in with a ground out to second and the lead was cut in half at 2-1. Blake Williams tied the game with a single to center field.
That's as close as the Jackets would get though as Walker Valley responded with four runs in the fifth to push the lead to 6-2.
Walker Valley, a small school outside of Chattanooga, improved to 16-1 on the season and 1-1 on its Georgia trip. It will travel to Valdosta today to take on Lowndes County before heading back up Interstate 75 to Tennessee.
Turner said the trip has been a nice experience for his team.
They usually take a road trip to Florida but because their spring break was a week earlier than usual they weren't able to travel that far this year.
"It's fun to come down here," Turner said. "We wish it was a little warmer. We didn't go to Florida but our principal let us get down here for a couple of days."
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