Saints rally past State College

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The LBWCC Saints fell behind early to State College of Florida but rallied to a 10-8 victory on Saturday in Marianna, Fla.

Playing as the away team, the Saints went to plate first to start the game.

Trey McMillian drew a walk to start the contest and quickly stole second.

A strikeout gave the Saints’ their first out of the inning before a ground out from Matthew Christian moved McMillian over to third.

Gunner Hendrix then drew a one-out walk, but a ground ball from the next batter ended the Saints’ half of the first.

State College got a walk to start the bottom half of the inning and then went on top 1-0 following a single.

The State College lead grew to 5-0 following seven straight walks and then a single put them on top 6-0 at the end of the first inning.

Chauncey Callier led off the top of the second inning with a double, but the Saints were unable to bring him around to score.

Micah McCaskill drew a one-out walk in the top of third inning and then moved around to third on double from Christian.

Hendrix drew his second walk of the contest to load up the bases with one out.

Matt Jones was then hit on 1-2 count to score McCaskill from third.

Callier followed with a mammoth blast to left field for a grand slam to cut the State College lead down 6-5.

State College picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their advantage to 8-5 heading into the fourth.

McMillian reach first to start the top of the fourth inning and then moved around the third base on an error.

Christian followed with a one-out single to drive in McMillian.

Callier picked up another hit with a run-scoring single to trim the State College lead down to 8-7.

The Saints grabbed a 9-8 lead in the top of the sixth inning after Jones and Callier came around to score off a single from Walker Messer.

Hendrix drove in Tyler Sharp with a single in the top of the seventh inning to help guide the Saints to 10-8 victory.

Callier led the way at the plate for the Saints going 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs and two runs scored. Callier nearly hit for the cycle needing only a triple to complete the rare feat.

Frazier Shoults got the win on the mound for the Saints, throwing six innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs.

The Saints will be back in action at home today when the take on Northwest Florida State at 2 p.m.