Eagles Rally in Ninth for 13-12 Win
Down two in the ninth, Jeremiah Parker (Carrollton/Carrollton) started off with a single to right.
Pinch-hitting Will Southwell (Moultrie/Colquitt County) bounced a 2-run double down the right field line to tie the game. Two batters later, Porter sent a 3-2 pitch through the right side and Southwell easily scored the game-winner to cap the come-from-behind win.
“I really wanted to focus on seeing the ball and I got some good pitches to hit,” said Porter, who finished with a career-high five hits. “During the final at-bat I wanted to wait for the right pitch and I got the one I wanted. It just happened to be my night.”
Drew Murray (LaGrange/LaGrange) walked leadoff batter Nick Natoli to start the game. He advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout then scored on Steve Yarsinsky’s single up the middle.
Parker singled with one out in the second. He was picked off base by pitcher Josh Squatrito for the second out. Benedict hammered his team-leading third home run, a solo shot to right centerfield to tie the score.
Miller made a diving catch in front of rightfielder Chris Shehan (Strasburg, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) in the gap for the second out of the fourth inning. Greg Furmanek singled then Jason Stifler hit a 2-run shot to give
The Eagles got one run back in the fourth thanks to Benedict’s sacrifice fly. However,
GS returned the favor in its half of the fifth. Matt Miller (Canton/Woodstock) drew a one-out walk. Porter, making his first start of the year, tied his previous career-high hit total (3) and set a new mark in doubles (2) hitting a two-bagger over the head of centerfielder Kevin Collins. Miller slid around the tag to score. Shehan hit his second homer of the year, a blast to the left field gap cutting the deficit to 7-5 and chasing starter Squatrito for freshman Spencer Patton.
Kyle Blackburn (Marietta/Walton) continued the rally with a single up the middle and A.J. Wirnsberger (
Miller hit a one-out double in the sixth. He scored on Porter’s fourth hit in as many at-bats, and then the junior outfielder took second on the throw home. Shehan was intentionally walked then
The Tigers scored two more runs with two outs when Furmanek hit a 2-run shot in the seventh inning. Gary Helmick tied the game with one down in the eighth on a solo homer.
Porter also matched his personal-high of three RBI. Blackburn, Wirnsberger, Parker and Benedict had two hits apiece as the Eagles out-hit
Kyle Kamppi (Savannah/Benedictine) picked up the win in relief. He gave up two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings, striking out one.
Dupski was charged for all three runs in the ninth on three hits. Squatrito allowed five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Furmanek finished with three hits, four RBI and two runs.
Game two of the series takes place Saturday afternoon (March 1), first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Friday, 29 February 2008 00:18