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e orter The Best Coverage for Monroe County Sports March 7, 2018 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS 281 T,f't College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Fdday, 9 am - 5:30 pm ] . SPRING SPORTS CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 5p.m. C-Team Girls Soccer (vs. Byron Middle) 6p.m. C-Team Boys Soccer (vs. Byron Middle) THURSDAY, MARCH 8 4p.m. Varsity Girls & Boys Tennis (vs.ACE) 4:15p.m. JVBaseball (vs.Veterans) 5:30p.m. JV Girls Soccer (vs.Spalding) 5:55 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Veterans) Mary Persons starter TJ. Sauls held Central (Macon) to a single run over five innings thumping of the Chargers on Monday night. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) in an 11-1 home By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The Mary Persons Bulldogs baseball team has won five of its past six games since a topsy- turvy start to the season. The Bulldogs pummeled Central (Macon) 11-1 in six innings at home on Monday to improve to 6-3 on the year. Senior pitcher T.J. Sauls recorded the win, hurling five innings while yielding only a single run. The Bulldogs jumped on the Chargers early, scoring six first-inning runs, including RBI hits by Trippe Moore, Ladondre Buckner and Conner Watson. MP then added another run in the second inning on an RBI groundout by J.D. Richards before tacking on an eighth run in the bottom of the third when Moore came around to score on an error. A towering double to straight- away center off the bat of Christian Knight in the fourth inning plated two more runs, and an RBI single by Donovan Hogan in the bottom of the sixth enabled MP to win by virtue of the GHSA mercy rule. The Bulldogs' victory came four days after MP shut out Peach County 7-0 on the road on Thursday behind strong pitching by Watson and Hunter Powell. The dominant win over the Trojans was a marked difference from a contest at Jackson two nights earlier when the Bulldogs were throttled 14-3 on Tuesday. The disappointing defeat to the rival Red Devils continued a theme of Ml s inconsistent early season play. On Feb. 24, MP swept a road doubleheader sweep of Northside (Warner Robins) on Saturday. MP defeated the Eagles 10-4 in Game I before triumphing 14-1 in the second game. The wins came three nights after MP got over .500 for the first time this sea- son with a 5-2 road win at Eagles Landing on Wednesday. MP opened the 2018 season on Feb. 13 with a 7-4 home opener loss to Rutland. The Bulldogs then bounced back two nights later on Feb. 15 to beat Rutland in a road rematch by a score of 8-5. The Bulldogs were then hammered 20-3 at See BASEBALL. Page 3B 7p.m, JV Bois Soccer:' (vs.SDalding) : FRIDAY, MARCH 9 announce " t SATURDAY, MARCH 10 4p.m. Varsity Girls& Boys Golf (MP Best Ball Tourney @ Forsyth Golf Club) SUNDAY, MARCH 11 MONDAY, MARCH 12 4p.m. C-Team Baseball (vs. LamarMiddle) 5p.m. C-Team Girls Soccer (vs. Fort Valley Middle) ByWill Davis publisher@mymcr.net The Mary Persons girls soccer team is 6-1-1 and unbeaten in region after trouncing Upson-Lee and Perry last week. The girls beat Perry 7-0 on the road on Friday night to record their fourth shutout of the sea- son and improve to 4-0 in Region 2-AAAA. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Bttffington led with five goals and an assist. Abbie Davis had two goals and three assists while Imri Smith and Annie Giles each added an assist as well. MP scored all seven goals in the first half and under GHSA rules that cut the second half in half, to just 20 minutes. MP coach Dallas Hall was able to clear his bench, all of three play- ers, and neither team scored in the second period. Hall said he was con- cerned because Perry has a very small field like West Laurens does, where the girls struggled to eke out a 1-0 win. On Tuesday, Feb. 27 the Lady Dogs beat Upson-Lee in Thomaston 8-1. Abbie Davis scored three goals and had an assist, Taylor Bttffington added two goals with three assists and Alexis Havens, Lauren Hamm and Kennedy Finch each MP sophomoreTaylor Buffington scored a whopping five goals in the Lady Dogs' 7-0 pound- ing of Perry on the road on Friday night.The win improved MP to 4-0 in Region 2-AAAA. (Photo/Will Davis) had a goal. Annie Giles and will have to undergo from Senior Night last had two assists, surgery. Hall, however,year before heading to The Lady Dogs are said he doesn't plan toTattnall Square Academy fairly healthy right now miss any games, for a non-region game except for their coach, The Lady Bulldogs on Friday. MP then Dallas Hall, who broke host Howard on Tuesday,host West Laurens on his collarbone playing March 6 when they'll Tuesday, March 13. Girls flag football on Saturday try to avenge a loss games start at 5:30 p.m. 4p.m. C-Team Boys Soccer (vs. Fort Valley Middle) TUESDAY, MARCH 13 4p.m. Varsity Girls & Boys Tennis (vs. Upson-Lee) 5:30p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer (vs. West Laurens) 5:55 p.m. Varsity Baseball (vs. Eagles Landing) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. West Laurens) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The Mary Persons boys tennis team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 5-0 home win over non- region rival Jackson on Wednesday. MP won four of its five matches without dropping a single game. MFs No. 1 singles standout Chris Swars took his match 6-0, 6-0 as did No. 3 singles player Ian Bettis. Both MP doubles duos, No. 1 Micah Wilson and Caleb Wilson and No. 2 Jordan Carr and Seth Smith, also achieved 6-0, 6-0 wins. The lone MP player who didn't accomplish the double-bagel victory was No. 2 singles player e Preston Wilson, who won his match 6-2, 6-0. One day earlier on Tuesday, Feb. 27, MP defeated ACE 4-1 in its first road match of the season. Preston Wilson defeated Aman Boricha- Mosand 6-3, 6-0 in No. 2 singles while Tucker Melton hammered Hampton Johnson 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. MP also achieved a dominating No. 1 doubles victory with the brother tandem of Micah Wilson and Caleb Wilson also winning every game in a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of ACE's Sharif Brinson- Robbins and Tobe Smith. MFs other win game in No. 2 doubles where Carr and Smith won by forfeit. The Bulldogs lone loss came in No. 1 singles where Swars fell in straight sets, 5-7, 1-6 to ACE's Alex Suk. MP also was victori- ous over Jones County at home on Feb. 22, getting singles wins from No. 1 Swars and No. 3 Tanner Lee as well as wins by both of its doubles teams, the No. I pair of Micah Wilson and Caleb Wilson and the No. 2 duo of Carr and Melton. The Bulldogs opened their season on Feb. 13 with a home victory over Northside (Warner Robins). Meanwhile, the MP girls tennis team improved to 3-1 with a 5-0 home sweep of Jackson on Wednesday. Like the MP boys squad, the Lady Dogs were domi-No. 1 doubles. In No. 2 nant in their victory over doubles, MP's Dorrity and the Lady Red Devils. MP's McCaskill won by forfeit. No. 1 singles star Cadi The Lady Dogs suffered Seitz won her No. 1 sin- their lone loss of the sea- gles match 6-1, 6-0 while son on Feb. 22, falling Jackie Gore and Emma 1-4 to Jones County at Cantrell were both flaw- home. 1VIFs only match less in 6-0, 6-0 wins in No. win came in No. 2 singles, 2 singles and No. 3 sin- where Jackie Gore was gles, respectively. In No. 1 victorious. The Lady Dogs doubles, MFs top tandem opened their season on of Madeline Copeland and Feb. 13 with a home win Audrey Parrott prevailed over Northside (Warner 6-1, 6-1 while MP's No. 2 Robins). doubles team of Reagan The MP squads were Dorrity and Isabelle next scheduled to travel McCaskill won 6-1, 6-1. to Spalding at 4 p.m. on One day earlier, MP Tuesday for their Region swept ACE 5-0 in its 2-AAAA opener. MP will first road test of the sea- then return home to face son. Seitz defeated Blair ACE in a rematch at 4 Yats 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 p.m. on Thursday before singles while Gore easily heading back on the road handled Sarah Grace Self to take on Jones County in 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles, another re.match at 4 p.m. In a tougher match, on Monday, March 12. Cantrell was victorious The Bulldogs' tennis over Charlotte Hevat teams will then play their 6-4, 6-3 while Copeland first home region match and Parrott took care of at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Kallita Walton andAubrey March 13 against Upson- Bloodworth 6-0, 6-1 in Lee.