WGTC Baseball Opens Home Slate

WGTC Baseball Opens Home Slate

Carrollton, GA – The Golden Knights opened the home portion of the 2018 campaign with a doubleheader against Vincennes University.  The Trailblazers have travelled south from Indiana to kick off their 2018 season.

 

Game 1 started well for the home team.  The Knights led 2-0 through 4 innings and then 5-1 after 5 before Vincennes struck for 4 runs in the top of the 6th to tie the score 5-5.  In the bottom of the 7th, WGTC loaded the bases with 1 out, but the Trailblazer's wiggled out of the jam to force extra innings. In the bottom of the 9th, Adrian Martinez (So., Snellville-South Gwinnett) and Chandler Hilton (So., Powder Springs-Hillgrove) draw lead-off walks. Tony Matos (So., Winder-Winder Barrow) draws a single off a bunt to load the bases, bringing up Jacob Warren. The Powder Springs freshman singled past third to drive in the winning run. 

 

Avery Smith (So., Ball Ground-Creekview) started on the bump for the Knights. He allowed 5 runs while striking out 9 through 5.2 innings.  His brother, Austin Smith (So., Ball Ground-Creekview), picked up the win in relief.

 

Game 2 also had its share of late inning fireworks, but this one did not go the way of the Knights.  WGTC scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning and added another in the 6th to take a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame.  The Trailblazers erupted for 6 runs in their half of the 7th.  But to their credit, Coach Beau Welborn's squad responded with 3 runs to tie the game at 6 and force extra innings.  The Trailblazers broke through in the 9th with 3 and then held WGTC to take the victory 9-6.

 

Caleb Dixon (Fr., Cumming-North Forsyth) pitched into the 7th inning, allowing 4 runs while striking out 7.  Zack Gaines (Fr., Carrollton-Central) took the loss.

 

The Knights are 1-3 on the young season, losing 2 of the three games in extra innings.  They will return to action with a home doubleheader Tuesday, March 6 against Central Alabama Community College.  The first pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.