DAHLONEGA - Just because White County right hander David Sosebee wasn't his sharpest against Lumpkin County, it doesn't mean he wasn't effective.
Sosebee (9-0) pitched around three hits in the first inning Wednesday by striking out 15 batters in a complete game outing and a 10-2 victory in Dahlonega.
With the win, the Warriors (20-3, 19-3 Region 8-AAA) are in the driver's seat for the region championship, but still have a make-up game against Lanier today in Cleveland, then the regular season finale against Franklin County on Friday.
The win was also significant since it marked the first time in program history that White County has reached 20 wins in a season.
"We have to win at least one more to get the region title," White County coach John Brown said.
Sosebee knew from the start it wasn't going to be his best outing with his usually tough to hit curveball not spinning with its normal bite, but he was able to compensate with a hard fastball and slider in the mix.
Brown noted that Sosebee's pitch count was higher than normal, with many Indians (11-12, 10-12) getting deep in the count.
However, Sosebee kept the ball low in the strike zone and retired six in a row starting in the first inning.
Then in the third inning, he struck out three straight after the first hitter reached on an error, kicking off a string of 10 consecutive hitters he retired in order.
"It wasn't my best stuff, but I felt good about my fastball and managed to get their hitters out," Sosebee said.
The Warriors gave Sosebee all the run support he needed in the first inning with a pair of two-out, two-run home runs.
After a two-out walk by senior Luke Crumley, Adam Hooper connected on a two-run home run. Then Bo Medlock reached for White County on a single and scored on Kyle Mills' two-run home run, his first of two homers on the night.
Mills had two home runs in a game earlier this season against Stephens County.
"I knew once we scored those runs in the first that we were probably going to win," Mills said.
In the seventh, the left-handed Mills drove in three runs with a home run to the opposite field. Hooper (3-for-4, two runs) started the rally when he reached on a single, followed by a walk from Medlock.
Hooper drove in a run for the Warriors on an infield single in the fifth.
Trailing 4-0, Lumpkin County got on the board behind singles from Will Anderson, Evan Gentry and Chase Grizzle in the first inning. Jonathan Whitehead scored for the Indians on a balk in the fourth inning.
White County plays host to Lanier at 5:55 p.m. today. Lumpkin County completes its season with a trip to Monroe Area at 5:55 p.m. Friday.