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Diamond kings
Three local baseball squads victorious

CONYERS - All three Rockdale County high schools prevailed on the diamond Monday.

Heritage stayed perfect in Region 8-AAAA play with a 4-1 win at Winder-Barrow. The Patriots are now 18-0 against region competition.

Meanwhile, Salem moved to 13-4 in region play with a 14-4 win over Dacula in five innings at Salem.

Rockdale also improved its region record to 10-7 with a 10-0 win over Jackson County at Rockdale. It was the Bulldogs' fourth-straight region victory.

Salem's win was highlighted by a nine-run second inning. Brandon Crumbley got the win on the mound after allowing just one earned run in 32â "3 innings on the mound. He surrendered one hit and struck out four. Dustin Dunlop pitched the last 11â "3 for the Seminoles, fanning three batters.

At the plate, Salem was led by Logan Singleton who went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, a home run and three runs scored. Corey Womack also had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-3. Other top sluggers on the day included Jake Dyer (2-for-3), Jonathan Brewer (2-for-3) and Dunlop (2-for-4).

"We hit the ball well today. More importantly, we hit the ball well with people on base," Salem coach Chris Davis said. "The defense also played well and we pitched well, but overall, it was just a day where our offense did a great job."

Rockdale also run-ruled its opponent, topping the Panthers 10-0 in six innings.

Kevin Masters got the win on the mound, collecting eight strikeouts in four innings of shutout baseball. Landon Blackwell closed out the last two innings, fanning two batters.

Offensively, the Bulldogs received home runs from Marquize Warren and Nakeem Forte. Warren hit a three-run homer, while Forte belted a two-run shot.

"We played good defense, we had good pitching and we hit the ball well again," Rockdale coach Casey Martin said.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans @rockdalecitizen.com.