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High school baseball: Top teams stay hot
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The Region 7-AAA baseball standings have stayed remarkably consistent all season. There’s been very little fluctuation at the top of the standings among the top four programs: Lumpkin County, Creekview, West Forsyth and Flowery Branch.

Currently in second place, Lumpkin County (17-1, 15-1 Region 7-AAA) has been the hottest of late, extending its school-record winning streak to 12 games with a 14-11 win against West Hall on Thursday night.

Drew Uptegraph leads the Indians pitching with a 5-0 record, 2.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts. Devin Dunson, Chase Grizzle, Chris Guthrie and Randy Otis all have an ERA under a 3.00 for Lumpkin County.

Flowery Branch (14-4, 13-4) has been consistently in the fourth place spot for most of the season, but is only a half game behind West Forsyth (13-4, 13-3) in the standings. Flowery Branch senior James Wilson was 3-for-4 in Wednesday’s win against White County, raising his season average to .556 with 29 RBIs.

No budging

Lakeview Academy (15-1, 9-0 Region 8-A) seems to have a stranglehold on first place in Region 8-A. The Lions have destroyed the competition this week with a 14-run win against Athens Christian on Wednesday, and then a 16-run win against Tallulah Falls on Thursday.

Pop at the top

North Hall (10-10, 10-8) has one of the most consistent duos at the top of its batting order with Nate Strong and K.J. McAllister. The pair flip-flop between the No. 1 and 2 spot in the order, but both have an on base percentage in excess of .600. McAllister is the headliner of the Trojans’ order with a .457 average, eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 runs scored, with only four strikeouts all season. Strong is hitting .436 with 19 runs scored.

Red-hot Warriors

White County (10-9, 8-9) has a trio of players having a phenomenal week. Kevin Frederick (.362 avg.) is 5-for-7 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs in the past two games. Sophomore David Sosebee (4-0) picked up two more wins and added 22 strikeouts to his season total.

Sophomore Hayden Cummins has seven hits in his past 14 at bats, leading into the Warriors’ 12-3 win against Chestatee on Thursday night.

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