Er­rors plague Team Ge­or­gia in All-Star loss to Ten­nessee

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

A late-game of­fen­sive surge by the Ten­nessee All-Stars pro­pelled the Vol­un­teer State to a 14-5 vic­tory over Ge­or­gia in the 16th an­nual Stump on Sports Ten­nessee-Ge­or­gia Al­lS­tar Baseball Clas­sic last Mon­day night.

Held at Oolte­wah High School for the sec­ond time and the first time since 2012, for­mer Owls stand­out Ethan Walls de­liv­ered a record-ty­ing four RBIs in the win.

Ten­nessee picked up three runs in both the third and fourth in­nings. Walls had a sac­ri­fice fly in the third to bring in one run and he added a two-two run sin­gle in the fourth. Ge­or­gia’s de­fense also aided the Ten­nessee cause by com­mit­ting four er­rors com­bined in the two frames.

The Ge­or­gia stars got a first-in­ning solo homer by Hay­den Lock (Coahulla Creek) and a fourth-in­ning solo blast by Tay­lor Whit­ley (Adairsville) to ac­count for their first two runs, but the Peach State would get back in it by plat­ing three runs in the top of the sev­enth on just one hit.

Sam Stepp (Dal­ton) would get credit for the RBI by draw­ing a bases-loaded walk and he later came around to score on a wild pitch, while a Ten­nessee er­ror al­lowed Noah Peter­son (Gor­don Lee) to scam­per home af­ter he dou­bled ear­lier in the in­ning.

Whit­ley nearly launched the first grand slam in All-Star Clas­sic history on the fi­nal pitch of the in­ning, but his deep fly ball to right was hauled in by Daniel Wil­lie (Oolte­wah) at the base of the wall, leav­ing the sacks loaded.

Ahead by just one run, 6-5, go­ing into the bot­tom of the sev­enth, Ten­nessee would get some in­sur­ance via a two-two run dou­ble by Walker Wa­ters (Chat­tanooga Cen­tral). They would put the game away an in­ning later, rip­ping four hits and us­ing two walks and another Ge­or­gia er­ror to plate six runs.

Brady Swaf­ford (Walker Val­ley) had a two-run sin­gle. Gar­rett Hens­ley (Sig­nal Moun­tain) had an RBItriple, while Walls and Walker both recorded solo RBIs in the in­ning.

Walls’ had just one hit, but his four-RBI per­for­mance earned him Ten­nessee Player of the Game hon­ors, while Whit­ley was named the Ge­or­gia Player of the Game. Wa­ters was named the game’s MVP af­ter go­ing 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. He also struck out three bat­ters in two in­nings of work on the mound.

Swaf­ford was the pitcher of record and col­lected the win. Starter Tan­ner Moylen (Hixson) had three strike­outs in two in­nings, while Micah Gen­ter (South Pitts­burg) threw the fi­nal three in­nings for Ten­nessee, strik­ing out four and walk­ing four.

Nick Woods (East Hamil­ton) added an RBI-dou­ble. Wil­lie also dou­bled in the vic­tory, while Gen­ter reached base two times on field­ers’ choices, scor­ing both times.

No one had mul­ti­ple hits for Ge­or­gia, who fin­ished with just five hits as a team. Apart from the two solo homers and Peter­son’s dou­ble, Jantzen Calvo (Dal­ton) and Blake Davis (North Mur­ray) had the only other hits, both sin­gles.

Trent Collins (Coahulla Creek), one of seven pitch­ers used in the game, started and pitched the first two in­nings be­fore giv­ing way to Dar­ryn Pasqua (Chris­tian Her­itage), who was sad­dled with the loss af­ter work­ing the third in­ning.

Ten­nessee now has a 14-2 lead in the all-time series.

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