The 2013 high school baseball season is winding down towards state playoff time and late season region games will be a big key to DeKalb County teams’ playoff chances.
Redan and Southwest DeKalb turned in perfect 3-0 efforts to lead the way among local teams in action during week six of the season.
The Redan Raiders ran their winning streak to 11 in a row with three strong Region 6AAAA triumphs, edging Grady (3-2) March 25 and then rolling past Columbia (12-1) March 27 and Chamblee (9-1) March 29 to move to 11-3 overall. Redan’s win streak came to an end in a tough 2-1 loss to Marist earlier this week.
Coach Tyrus Taylor’s Southwest DeKalb Panthers opened the week with an impressive 7-6 victory over a Dunwoody squad that was previously undefeated in Region 6AAAAA March 25 and then scored decisions over Mays (5-1) March 27 and Martin Luther King Jr. (9-7) March 29 to improve to 8-6 on the year.
Junior Kevin Wimbish led the way as Southwest DeKalb scored single runs in each of the last two innings to knock off Region 6AAAAA leader Dunwoody in a 7-6 thriller March 25. Wimbish went 3-4 with one run scored and one RBI to pace a 12-hit Panther attack. Senior Malcolm Moore (2-4; 1 RBI) and junior Malik White (2-3; 1 RS; 1 RBI) also added two hits each. Junior Malik Atkins garnered the pitching decision in the contest, striking out one and walking three over the final 4 1/3 innings.
Dunwoody, 3-1 in week six, rebounded from its tough loss to Southwest DeKalb to defeat previously undefeated in Region 6-AAAAA play Arabia Mountain 6-1, Tucker 6-1 and in tournament action downed Walker 7-3 to improve to 12-2 overall.
Arabia Mountain dominated in three wins despite the loss to Dunwoody by knocking off Tucker 12-1, Clarkston 21-6 and Jonesboro 10-2 to go 3-1 on the week to improve to 12-2 overall and 3-1 in region play.
Lithonia (2-1-1) and Stephenson (2-1) also registered winning marks.
Sophomore Tekwaan Whyte shined at the plate and on the mound in Stephenson’s 3-2 victory over Lakeside March 29. Whyte went 3-3 with one run scored offensively and struck out six over four innings on the pitching end.
Freshman southpaw Kason Rheney turned in a pitching masterpiece in helping Druid Hills edge Lovejoy by a 1-0 count March 27. Rheney went the full seven innings, tossing a no-hitter with seven strikeouts against five walks to come out on top in the pitching dual.
Several players came up with big days offensively to lead Lithonia to a dramatic 8-6 triumph over Stone Mountain March 27. Senior Cajohntae Spencer (3-3; 1 RS; 1 RBI) and junior Justin Wiggins (3-4; 2 RS; 1 RBI) paced the 14-hit Bulldog assault, while senior Justin Watts (2-4; 1 RS; 1
RBI) and junior Cesar Capers (2-2; 1 RS; 1 RBI) also collected a pair of hits each. Wiggins also picked up the mound triumph in the contest, striking out seven and allowing only one walk over four hit-less innings of relief.