AUSTELL — One day after losing to Sequoyah in Canton, South Cobb bounced back to beat the Chiefs 7-4 on Friday.
The Eagles (8-7, 5-4 Region 6AAAAAA) prevailed after losing 10-1 on Thursday, and coach Patrick Wright said he could tell the difference right away.
“We showed up,” Wright said. “We didn’t show up yesterday, but we showed up today. That was the difference. It was just the attitude we had when we got here.”
Brysen Boone showed up in particular for South Cobb.
Boone struck out eight and allowed just four hits and a run in six innings. He also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases from his leadoff spot.
“He’s been doing that all year,” Wright said. “He’s just a spark plug for us. He pitches, he hits and he catches. Whatever we need him to do, he does it, and he does it well. He’s just one of those kids.”
Boone was not alone in producing for South Cobb, which used a four-run fourth inning to go up 6-1 and cruise to the win.
Aeneas Dennis also scored two runs and had an RBI, while Wilbert Espinal and Robbie Smith each had two hits. Fermin Sanabria also drove in a run for the Eagles.
“It’s confidence,” Wright said. “We have to have confidence in what we’re doing. You can see it at the plate, and it shows in the results.”
While Sequoyah (3-13, 2-8) struggled offensively for most of the game, there were some bright spots.
Jack Sanders and Aaron Hupp each had two hits atop the order and, after trailing 7-1 entering the seventh inning, the Chiefs found some life with three runs in the final frame.
Austin Tienda hit a two-run single in the seventh and later scored on Colin Koprowski’s sacrifice fly, but it was all Sequoyah could muster.
“You see what we can do,” Sequoyah coach Lane Whitley said. “We just have to be more aggressive at the plate. When we’re getting pitches we can hit, we can’t just look at them. We may have been a little distracted or something (Friday), because we just didn’t seem to have it.”