Grangers get big region win

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 16, 2014

The LaGrange Grangers, who are in a dogfight for one of Region 5-AAAA’s four playoff spots, got a big road win over Fayette County on Wednesday.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Logan Carson, LaGrange beat Fayette County 8-4.

The Grangers, who ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Alexander on Friday, improved to 6-5 in the region, and they’re in a tie for fourth place with Troup.

LaGrange and Troup are set to square off on Friday in a game that will go a long way toward determining one of the region’s playoff berths.

First things first, though.

The Grangers will host Sandy Creek today as they look to make it three in a row in the region.

“They get bigger and bigger as we go,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “I’ve already told the guys to go ahead forget this one, and we’ve got another one tomorrow against Sandy Creek.”

After the Troup game, LaGrange will end its region schedule against Carrollton on Tuesday.

“The way it looks, we hold our own fate in our own hands,” Herrington said. “It’s just a game at a time.”

Carson gave the Grangers a big lift on Wednesday.

Carson has been used mostly out of the bullpen this season, but Herrington decided to give him a start, and the junior left-hander responded in a big way.

“He pitched really well for us. I was proud of him,” Herrington said.

The Grangers also had a solid day at the plate with 10 hits.

Hakeem Stargell and Jake Farrar each had two hits and an RBI, and Ben Anderson had a hit with a couple of RBIs.

Jake Howard and Wynton Heard also knocked in runs for the Grangers.

“Offensively we did well. We executed well,” Herrington said. “I was proud of them.”