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MGBA stays hot at wood bat tournament

ROSWELL -- The Marquis Grissom Baseball Academy keeps on rolling at the World Wood Bat 18-Under National Championship. Sandy Creek High School's Collin Pike pitched four scoreless innings and Zach Hayden (Arabia Mountain High School) drove in three runs as the Conyers-based travel team defeated South Florida Breakers 9-0 Monday at Centennial High School.

MGBA, which includes Kenny Glover, a rising senior at Newton, remained unbeaten in pool play at 4-0-1 and has outscored its first five opponents 48-3.

MGBA scored a run in the top of the first inning, broke things open with a five-run fourth, then tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Since tying the East Cobb Bluejays, 1-1 in the opening game of the tournament last Friday, the Braves have won four consecutive games by mercy rule and haven't played past the fifth inning in any contest.

The Braves, who also got two hits and two RBIs from Jacob Carlsen (Archer High School) in the Monday victory, will play Baseball Mentoring Program at Druid Hills High School in Decatur today at 2 p.m.