Line Drive, with a roster heavy in Effingham County players, beat the Florida Legends out of Tallahassee 3-1 in the second game of pool play at the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Tournament.
Chase Hawkins, a former Brookwood star who has signed with Georgia, struck out five and gave up two hits over six innings. Scott Strickland struck out the side for the save.
Ross Heffley, another Brookwood alum and a Western Carolina signee, was 2-for-3 to lead the Line Drive. South Effingham’s Colby May, also headed to Georgia, was 1-for-2 and drove in a run.
Liberty County’s Aaron Hoffer led off the fifth inning with a homer.
Line Drive played the First Coast Pirates out of Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, with Effingham County High’s Zach Dotson getting the nod on the mound. Dotson is one of five left-handers, including Nolan Belcher and Pat McGowan from Greenbrier, Hawkins and Brunswick’s Richie Wasielewski. Wasielewski, a Boston Red Sox draftee and Middle Georgia College signee, was scheduled to start Friday’s game.
The Savannah Chain fell 10-1 to the Cincy Flames early Thursday to fall to 1-2 in pool play. They beat the Katy Sting Black 18s 6-4 Wednesday night.