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Series sweep propels Mustangs into three-way tie atop 2-AAAAAA
Nick Duke
Mustangs pitcher Nick Duke turns to throw the ball to third base after fielding a bunt during Friday's game against the Rebels. South Effingham first baseman Nick Milbrandt and Effingham County coach Trevor Wilson watch the play. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- South Effingham took advantage of seven walks, two hit batsmen and an error to score seven of its runs in a 9-1 victory over Effingham County on Friday night to complete a three-game sweep.

The Mustangs (20-6, 11-4 Region 2-AAAAAA) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the region with Glynn Academy and Richmond Hill. SEHS will conclude its region slate with three games against Richmond Hill next week.

Glynn finishes with Statesboro.

ECHS (13-12, 6-9) needs to sweep its final series with Brunswick and root for Glynn to sweep Statesboro to earn the region's fourth and final state playoff spot.

The Mustangs, winning for the 14th time in their last 15 games, broke open a 2-1 game in the fourth inning by scoring five runs without hitting the ball out of the infield. Four straight walks and a hit batsman to start the inning brought in two runs. A balk, a wild pitch and Phillip Cooper's infield single scored three more.

It was more than enough support for righthander Nick Duke, who won his second game of the series.

Duke went the distance scattering nine hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

ECHS out-hit the Mustangs 9-7 but left seven runners in scoring position.