WGTC Sweeps Southern Union
Carrollton, GA - The West Georgia Tech baseball team needed something positive happen. Not only had the Knights lost 4 straight, they had also allowed 49 runs over that same period. Today, they got that something positive, sweeping perennial Alabama power Southern Union here Thursday 7-5 in the opener and then walked-off 4-3 in the nightcap.
Early in game 1, Coach Beau Welborn must have thought, "Here we go again." After giving up 3 runs in top of the 1st, Southern Union plated a run in the 2nd and with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs they threatened to blow the game open early. However, Knights pitcher Aubrey Davis worked his way out of the jam, keeping the score 4-0. He then held the Bison in check until the 6th, giving his team a chance to battle back - and they did. In the bottom of the 2nd, Tony Matos singled and later scored on when Carson Balliew grounded into a fielder's choice, cutting the lead to 4-1. WGTC then drew even in the 4th. With 1 out, Chandler Hilton reached on a hit batsman. Balliew singles, advancing Hilton to 2nd. Chris Sims sacrifices, advancing Hilton and Balliew to 2nd and 3rd. Adrian Martinez then lined a single to center, scoring Hilton and Balliew, and advanced to 2nd on the throw. Justin Guyton then singled to drive in Martinez knotting the game 4-4 through 4 innings.
With 2 out in the 6th, the Bison picked up a single. The next hitter lined a single to left which was misplayed, scoring the runner from 1st to put the visitors ahead 5-4. Undaunted, the Knights again fought back. Following a lead-off out, Guyton doubled to left and scores on a single by Brock Maxwell. Following Maxwell, Danny Vargas reached on an error putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Matos gave WGTC the lead on a single to right, scoring Maxwell. Up next, Hilton beat out a double play ball advancing Vargas to 3rd. Vargas beats the rap on a ground ball by Brody Chester to give WGTC a 7-5 lead. Carson Fowler, who relieved Davis in the 6th, retired the Bison in order to record the win. Despite a rough start, Davis settled down and was strong for the Knights, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing 5 runs, 4 of which were earned.
Game 2 also had its share of drama. WGTC led 2-0 after 2 innings then 3-1 after 4. Southern Union got runs in the 5th and 6th innings to tie the game 3-3, setting up the dramatic finish. Guyton lead off the bottom of the 7th with a single. Maxwell steps up and drives a double to left, moving the winning run to 3rd with no outs. Vargas flies out to center, but the runner is unable to tag, leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Matos is then intentionally walked to load the bases. After working the count full, Jacob Warren then takes ball 4, walking in Guyton with the winning run.
WGTC improved to 8-10 on the season while the Bison dropped to 4-4, with 3 of those loses coming at the hands of the Knights. Cleveland State comes to town Saturday for a doubleheader. The action at Central High School begins at 12 pm.