Last night, Wednesday, March 11, the Lumpkin Co. Indians traveled to Blue Ridge for a region game with Fannin Co.
Despite 2-for-3 games from senior Jerritt Holloway and junior Bradley Holloway, the Rebels (2-9, 0-1 Region 7-3A) couldn’t overcome two RBIs each from Lumpkin Co.’s Caleb Childs and Dalton Caldwell and the Indians (6-8, 1-3) took a 5-4, six-inning win back to Dahlonega.
Lumpkin Co. came out ready to play in the first inning as they quickly loaded the bases.
Childs went up to the plate for the Indians and drove in his two runs with a line-drive single to right field to bring home Logan Choflet and Chase Beamon and take a 2-0 lead.
Senior Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin Co. He finished the game with nine strikeouts in the complete-game, six-inning outing.
Beavers earned the second out of the inning with a strikeout with runners on second and third base.
Caldwell kept the trend going for the Indians as he hit a line drive to right field and brought in Branden Alewine and Childs to extend the Indians lead 4-0 before the Rebels could earn their third out of the inning.
With two outs at the bottom of the first inning, Fannin Co. put the ball into action. Hayden Cleland was on the mound for Lumpkin Co. before Chris Day came in from the bullpen to relieve him for the rest of the game and strikeout two batters overall. Before he exited the game, Cleland hit two batters back-to-back to put Fannin Co. on first and second base in the bottom of the first frame.
Jerritt Holloway was the first to make contact with the ball as he hit a line drive to left field, bringing in senior Matthew Shirah to put the score at 4-1.
Junior Brady Martin continued the rally with a hard grounder to left field, bringing home senior Blake Rogers and Jerrit Holloway, to put the Rebels just one run behind the Indians at 4-3. With a 3-1 count, Bradley Holloway drove a ball to center field, earning a double and driving Brady Martin home to tie the game 4-4. Cleland was able to get Lumpkin Co. out of the high-scoring inning as he earned his third strikeout.
In the top of the second inning, Lumpkin Co. managed to put runners on first and third. Beamon continued his great hitting for the night as he earned a single on a line drive to right field, bringing Sean Swistek home for the Indians to take a 5-4 lead against the Rebels before they could earn their third out on the following play. The Indians were able to shut down Fannin Co. on offense as they earned a quick three outs to close out the second.
The score remained the same heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bradley Holloway was the one to get the momentum going again for the Rebels with a ground-ball single to first base. Caleb Postell was able to advance Bradley Holloway to second base as he laid down a bunt and was safe at first.
Wyatt Rogers also singled on a bunt to load the bases with no outs.
As Beavers was up at the plate with a chance to drive in some runs, lightning was seen in the area and the game was put on a delay.
The delay lasted for about three hours before the umpires called the game, leaving Lumpkin Co. with a 5-4 region victory against Fannin Co.
Martin finished the night 1-for-2 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a walk for Fannin Co.
Childs and Caldwell each went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, with Childs adding a run scored for Lumpkin Co.
Beamon finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Indians.
Day earned the win on the mound, throwing 4 1/3 innings, while giving up just one earned run and two walks and striking out two.
The two teams are scheduled to face off again Friday, March 13, in a doubleheader slated to begin at 5 p.m. in Dahlonega.