And, with so much on the line, middle-of-the-road teams only have a few more weeks to find the level of consistency that legitimate contenders enjoy.
The following is a glimpse of a few Henry County’s teams as they prepare for the stretch run:
ELCA on top
Perhaps no other team in our coverage area is sitting as pretty as Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.
The Chargers were 14-0 overall; 7-0 in Region 5-A heading into play this week.
ELCA has won games by almost every way imaginable. It has blown out teams (see its five homerun onslaught in a 17-1 win over Hebron Christian); shut down a pair of teams down via no-hitter (including last week’s win over Mt. Vernon); and squeaked by on occasion (like its 7-6 win in extra innings over Landmark Christian),
With their talent and balance on both sides of the plate, the Chargers are in prime position to make this yet another season to remember.
Union Grove holding on
Nothing ever comes easy here.
The Wolverines were 12-6; 10-4 in Region 4-AAAAA play heading into this week.
Until running into the Whitewater buzz saw a couple weeks back, Union Grove batters had simply devoured opposing pitching en route to posting double digit runs in four straight games.
The Wolverines are fourth in the region standings, behind McIntosh, Whitewater and Starr’s Mill.
And, don’t count out sixth place Ola — the Mustangs still have room and time to make some noise.
A tight race for top dog(s) in that league is bound to get even tighter … stay tuned.
Luella on the rebound?
The Lions snapped a two-game losing streak by topping Jones County by a score of 5-4 last week.
The Lions are only 8-7 overall, but have posted a solid 5-1 mark in Region 2-AAAAAA play. That’s good enough for second in that league between first place Alcovy and third place Newton.
Provided the team can clean up a few deficiencies, Luella appears to be in good shape for the time being.