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Hebron wins big, small in series

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

DACULA -- Kevin Burgee and Mason Felt tossed shutouts, and Jordan Hillyer led the Hebron Christian offense with a home run and five RBIs as the Lions posted 2-0 and 13-0 wins over visiting North Cobb Christian to sweep the first round Class A playoff series.

Burgee was masterful in Game 1, holding the Eagles to only 3 hits while fanning 6 in a complete game effort. However, the Lions offense struggled against Eagles' ace Daniel Adams, who held Hebron scoreless through the first five innings.

North Cobb's best chance to score came in the top of the fourth. With runners on second and third with one out, Bobby Cork hit a ground ball back to Burgee.

Burgee fired to third where Hillyer tagged a breaking Quinton Kitchin. Hillyer then turned and tagged Davis Richardson who was running from second for an inning-ending double play that extinguished the threat.

With one out and the game still scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, the game turned on a disputed call.

Hebron's Danny Lockhart hit a ground ball to North Cobb's first baseman, who tagged for the apparent second out of the inning.

After a protest by Lions head coach Heath Kennedy, the umpires conferred and the ball was ruled foul.

Given new life, Lockhart capitalized with a single up the middle.

Hillyer followed with a deep home run to center over the 370-foot marker for a 2-0 Lions lead.

That was all they needed as Burgee closed out the Eagles in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Lions' southpaw Mason Felt fired a one-hit shutout, while P.J. Westbury and Hillyer combined for six RBIs.

Hebron rolled to a 13-0 win and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

The game was close early.

Scoreless through three innings, Hebron inched ahead when a Westbury double drove in Hillyer for a 1-0 Lions lead. Benji Cash and Lew Stephens added RBI singles later in the inning to push the lead to 3-0 after four innings.

The Lions erupted in the fifth inning, plating 10 runs to put the game out of reach.

Westbury drove in two runs with a double off the third-base bag and Hillyer provided the big hit of the inning with a double that scored Christian Davila, Brady Shoppe and Danny Lockhart.

Felt, who struck out six, retired the Eagles in the bottom of the inning to invoke the mercy rule and seal the 13-0 victory.

Hebron will meet with winner of the Landmark Christian-Holy Innocents' series in the second round.