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DeKalb Schools Baseball: Dunwoody, Columbia Win in Best of DeKalb

Stephenson Jaguars are 8-1.

The 2012 Best of DeKalb showdown featured a pair of exciting contests
March 10 at Columbia. Coach Chan English’s Dunwoody Wildcats trailed
Arabia Mountain 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before
erupting for eight runs on the way to posting a 10-1 triumph in the first
game.

Host Steve Dennis and the Columbia Eagles (5-1-1), meanwhile, rallied for
two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off Redan by a 3-2
count in the nightcap.

The Arabia Mountain triumph was one of three impressive decisions for the
Wildcats on the week, sandwiched around two other victories over
Centennial (10-0) March 5 and Cherokee (15-5) March 10. Previously winless
Dunwoody improved to 3-4 overall.

Coach Brian Ely’s Chamblee Bulldogs likewise bounced back from a slow
1-3-1 start to post three triumphs over Mt. Zion (16-4) March 5, North
Springs (7-1) March 7 and Cedar Shoals (4-3) March 9 in moving to 4-3-1
for the year.

Coach Marco Jackson’s Stephenson Jaguars remained hot, improving to 8-1
overall with three strong victories over Newton County (5-4) March 6,
Southwest DeKalb (10-9) March 7 and Martin Luther King Jr. (14-4) March 9.

Coach Terrence Canty’s Miller Grove Wolverines, on the other hand, kept
their status as the lone undefeated team in the county, besting Stone
Mountain (21-2) March 5 and McNair (8-7) March 7 to jump to 5-0.
 
Individual Highlights

Cedar Grove registered a no-hitter in a 6-5 triumph over South Atlanta
March 5, as freshman James Hartsfield (2 IP; 1 SO), senior Xaver Cooper (4
IP; 5 SO) and sophomore Deion Sellers (1 IP) teamed up for the strong
mound showing.

Sophomores Andrew Henry (2-2; 5 RS) and Somto Egbuna (1-2; 4 RS) combined
for nine runs scores in Chamblee’s 16-4 decision over Mt. Zion March 5.
Senior Linden Weng struck out six in three scoreless relief innings to
help Chamblee knock off Cedar Shoals (4-3) March 9.

Freshman Trent Nash (2-3; 2 RS), junior Xavier Floyd (2-3; 1 RBI) and
junior Tre Jester (2-2; 1 RBI) shined at the plate for Columbia in its 3-2
victory over Redan March 10.

Junior Sean Wilson’s grand slam ignited a seven-run outburst as Lakeside
rallied from a 7-3 deficit to whip Riverwood by a 12-7 score March 9.
Wilson (2-3), junior Rob Cosby (2-5; 1 RS; 1 RBI), junior Sam Brannen
(2-3; 3 RS) and senior Jack Thomas (2-3; 2 RS) collected two hits each in
the Viking triumph.

Seniors LeAndre Wynn (2-4; 1 RS) and Toronto Thomas (2-2; 2 2B) and
sophomore Tyron Walker (2-2; 2 RS) paced the offense for Martin Luther
King Jr. in a 7-5 triumph over Lithonia March 5.

Freshmen Alton Jefferson (2 RS; 2 SB), Djerrius Christian (1-2; 1 RBI; 2
SB) and Jamal Deng (2 RS; 2 SB) helped McNair knock off Clarkston by a 9-4
score March 6.

Senior Greg Robinson (4-4; 4 RBI; 3 RS; 3 SB; 1 HR; 1 2B) posted a monster
offensive day in Miller Grove's 21-2 victory over Stone Mountain March 5.

Chamblee's Brian Ely hits coaching milestone

Chamblee Bulldog head baseball coach Brian Ely hit the 100 career victory
mark on Monday, March 12 as the Bulldogs knocked off Berkmar 9-1.

Ely entered the season needing five wins to hit the century level in
career wins and now stands at 100-61-1 in his seventh season as head coach
of the Bulldogs.

Chamblee is 5-3-1 on the season thus far.

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