Eagles rally past Wildcats, 6-5
Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2003
Clutch hits powered the Pleasant Home Eagles to a critical Class 1A, Area 3 victory against the visiting Florala Wildcats on Friday.
The win by the Eagles means each of the four teams in the area is tied for first-place honors. The tie-breaking procedure to determine an area champion, however, can not be completed until games are completed today with Kinston playing a doubleheader against Zion Chapel.
The game between the Eagles and Wildcats almost needed a tiebreaker rule.
Brent Carter provided an "old-fashioned tiebreaker" instead with a clutch, RBI-single to plate the winning run in Troy Turman in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Carter's clutch hit came just one inning after Tyler Lawson came up big for the Eagles. The lefty ripped a two-run home run over the fence in right field to knot the score at 5-5.
Pleasant Home held the Wildcats scoreless in the top of the seventh. Carter's hit then won the game when it scored Turman.
Pleasant Home went on top in the bottom of the second inning when Josh McCravey and Brad Sanders scored.
Josh McCravey reached on a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI-single by Sanders.
Sanders moved to second on an error and scored later in the inning when Miles Nichols reached on an error.
The Eagles remained in front until the top of the fifth inning when Mark Geohagan started a rally. He was the lead-off batter in the inning and was hit by a pitch. Zach Bradley followed him with an infield-single. They both came around to score in the inning. One run scored when Marcus Schofield grounded out to third.
Florala went on top 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning when Dustin Anderson started things off with a single.
Geohagan came up big for the Wildcats with a one-out, RBI-triple later in the inning. He scored when Bradley reached on an infield single that clipped the pitcher's rubber and bounced high in the air toward the second baseman.
Bradley scored later in the inning when Robby Evans reached on an error to tie the score at 5-5 and set the stage for the Eagles' comeback.
The Wildcats fell to Brantley on Thursday by a final score of 5-2.
Brantley went on top 5-0 through the first five innings.
The Wildcats scored one run in the top of the sixth inning when Robby Evans reached base on a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kaleb Schofield and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marcus Schofield.
The Wildcats got another run in the top of the seventh inning when Dustin Anderson reached on a single and scored later in the inning on an RBI-single by Zach Bradley.
Marcus Schofield pitched for the Wildcats and allowed five runs (three earned)
in six innings on 10 hits and three walks. He struck out six.