Although coaches will say their teams can always find ways to get better, it's hard to imagine the Gordon Lee Trojans playing any better baseball than what they are playing right now.
Gordon Lee, the seventh-ranked team in the Class A coaches' poll and the fourth-ranked team in the Class A public school power rankings, will begin the month of April riding a couple of impressive streaks.
The Trojans have won nine straight games to improve their record to 14-1 overall and 7-1 in Region 6-A with just three weeks left in the regular season. Their lone loss this season came at the hands of second-ranked Darlington, who scored four times late to pull out a 7-6 win in Rome back on March 8.
Gordon Lee has beaten its last nine opponents by an average score of 10-1, and they have turned up the heat even more in their last four contests, especially from a pitching standpoint.
In wins over Mt. Pisgah, Whitefield Academy, Walker, and Fellowship Christian, the Trojans have allowed just three hits in 25 innings with 43 total strikeouts. They have also allowed just two runs in those games, both unearned.
On Wednesday, at the Walker School in Marietta, Conard Broom followed up last Friday's no-hitter against Mt. Pisgah with a three-hit, 10-strikeout performance in a 10-1 win over the Wolverines.
Broom worked the first five innings before giving way to Daniel Brooks. Brooks pitched the final two innings, striking out five and allowing no hits.
Gordon Lee blew the game open with a five-run third inning and tacked on three more in the fifth.
Connor Coakley and Branton Phillips each went 2 for 4, while Bay Wright and Jake Rogers each had two RBIs. Brooks, Cody Wilson, and Tanner Sexton each drove in one run in the win.
Then on Thursday, Bryce Bailey broke out the heavy lumber in a 16-1, five-inning demolition of Fellowship Christian.
The senior first baseman was 4 for 4 with a double and smacked a pair of home runs - a two-run shot and a grand slam - to finish with a career-high eight RBIs.
Coakley was 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Rogers and Adam Vandiver had two hits each, and every batter for Gordon Lee had at least one hit. Hunter Daugherty also added a double and drove in three runs in the rout.
Phillips collected the win with four innings of one-hit ball. He walked two and struck out seven while the run he allowed was unearned. Vandiver closed the game with one strikeout in one inning of work.
Gordon Lee will host King's Ridge Christian on Monday at 5 p.m. before a three-game non-region guantlet over a four-day span. They will play at Pepperell on April 5, followed by a home game against Red Bank (Tenn.) the following day. Then on April 8, highly-regarded Calhoun comes to Chickamauga for a much-anticipated Northwest Georgia showdown.