CONYERS -- A long losing streak to a county rival came to an end Wednesday for the Rockdale baseball team. Malachi Eskin had a walk-off RBI single to cap a six-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the Bulldogs to a 7-6 victory over Heritage.
The victory, which evened Rockdale's record at 8-8, snapped a 15-game losing streak in the series. The Bulldogs hadn't won since April 27, 2005.
"It was big for them, the kids were really excited," Rockdale coach Justin Arrington said.
Heritage (2-11) took the lead right away, scoring twice in the top of the first, and the visiting Patriots led 6-1 heading into the seventh. But three consecutive singles to start the frame made it 6-2, and after a Heritage error made it 6-5, a passed ball pulled the teams even. That's when Eskin stepped up and put an end to a eight-year losing streak.
"It was rough the first five or six innings, we just came out flat," Arrington said. "We played from behind the whole game (but) they fought, you can't ask for much more than that."
Phillip Anschutz got the win for Rockdale, pitching a complete game seven-hitter with four strikeouts.
Heritage, which has lost eight of its last nine games, will try to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Gainesville in Region 8-AAAAA play Friday at 5:55 p.m. Rockdale also gets back into league play when it hosts Newton in a Region 2-AAAAAA contest Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage girls soccer cruises to ninth win
CONYERS -- The Heritage girls soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a dominant, 9-0 win over Eagle's Landing in non-region play Wednesday at Evans Memorial Stadium.
Heritage moved to 9-1-2 and 4-0-2 since suffering its only loss of the season March 7 against Grayson.
Tori Shelton scored a hat trick and added an assist, Ray Brown added a pair goals and Kaley Wells had two assists to pace the offense. Abbey Dunlop, Sara Boggus, Haley Elliot and Ally Silvey added a goal each, the last of which was a beautiful header off a rebound.
"Probably the best goal of the night," Heritage coach Chad Suddeth said of Silvey's tally.
Eagle's Landing (4-7) could only muster one shot on goal against the Patriots' stout defense, which pitched its ninth shutout of the season.
Rockdale tennis splits two in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The Rockdale tennis teams went 1-1 against Lakeside-DeKalb in non-region play at Hit Atlanta Tennis Center. The girls defeated Lakeside for the third consecutive season, winning 3-2, thanks to a sweep of the singles matches. Ciara Chesser won 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1, Destiny Commodore picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 2 and Aliyah Byrd won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The Lakeside doubles teams picked up a pair of victories as Rockdale's Abby Bradford and Savannah Bryan lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, and the No. 2 team of Kyia Havens and Sydney Norton dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match.
"They were pretty good at doubles and we weren't as good," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said.
The Rockdale boys fell for the third consecutive season to Lakeside, this time dropping a 4-1 match. Logan Hull picked up the only victory for the Bulldogs, winning 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Patrick Sanders lost 2-6, 6-4 (10-4 tiebreaker) at No. 1, Trey Hull suffered a 6-1, 6-0 setback at No. 2, and the doubles teams of No. 1 Bruce Mitchell and Abenet Addisu lost 6-1, 6-3, and No. 2 Collin Shamley and Cameron lost 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-3, respectively.
"We played well in spots, but you could tell that their teams had a little more experience than we did," said Sansing.
Jones throws no-hitter for Alcovy
COVINGTON -- Alcovy pitcher Jake Jones kept Druid Hills off balance, pitching a no-hitter in the Tigers' 6-3 win Tuesday.
Jones quieted the Red Devils' (0-10 overall, 0-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) bats with 15 strikeouts while helping himself at the plate with a triple. Also hitting a triple for the Tigers was Tristan Payne, who drove in two runs with his three-bagger.
The Tigers (7-4, 4-1) are in second place in the region, a game behind Luella and a half game ahead of Newton.
Salem boys soccer tops Newton 3-2
COVINGTON -- Newton's boys soccer team continues to be snakebit, losing six of eight games by one goal.
The latest to put Newton (2-8) down was Salem (7-3), who beat the Rams 3-2 on Tuesday.
With the score tied late in the first half, Salem took advantage of a Newton mistake when the keeper dropped the ball in front of the Salem player for a goal to give the Seminoles a 2-1 halftime lead.
Salem made it a 3-1 game following an indirect kick. A Newton defender got in the way of keeper Isiah Bostick as he was heading back to the goal. A Salem player pounced and headed the ball to an empty net.
Newton's final goal was on a Harrison Stamps throw-in as time expired. Myles Martinez got in front of the Salem keeper and tapped it in.