2008-05-07 / School & Sports

SGA Warriors split region games

Senior #16 Drew Bridges pitches for SGA, Senior #18 Beau Clenney and Junior #10 Miles Lee in background. Senior #16 Drew Bridges pitches for SGA, Senior #18 Beau Clenney and Junior #10 Miles Lee in background. The SGA Warriors split a couple of region baseball games last week. On Tuesday in Damascus, SGA went toe-to-toe with Tiftarea for 6 2/3 innings. The score was 5-5 with 2 outs in the top of the seventh inning, but Tiftarea scored 9 runs before the Warriors could record the final out, and SGA fell 14-5. Friday, SGA traveled to Valdosta to play Valwood School in a game SGA had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Behind a great pitching performance by senior Drew Bridges, the Warriors shut out Valwood, 3-0, and forced the two teams to a playoff game Monday in Thomasville to decide who gets the fourth and final spot from the region in the playoffs.

Against Tiftarea, the Warriors grabbed the early lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Miles Lee reached base on an error and came around to score the game's first run on a double by Drew Bridges. Chandler Ray drove Bridges in with a single up the middle to put SGA up 2-0.

Tiftarea scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning, but SGA answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Wilson led off the inning for SGA with a triple to right center. With one out, Alan Mock laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score Wilson and put SGA up 3-1.

Tiftarea scored a run in the top of the third inning on back-to-back doubles, but SGA again answered that run with one of their own. Danny Doster led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice by Wilson, making the score 4-2.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Tiftarea scored a run in the top of the fifth inning and took the lead 5-4 by scoring 2 more runs in the sixth inning.

SGA came back to tie the game up 5-5 with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wilson drew a one out walk, stole second base, and tied the game up on a Beau Clenney RBI single. The Warriors loaded the bases but were unable to score any more runs in the inning.

The top of the seventh inning started out well for SGA. Tiftarea's lead off batter flied out, and, after a walk, the next batter flied out as well giving them 2 outs with a runner on second base. The Warriors intentionally walked the next batter to set up the force play at any base for the third out, but things did not work out for SGA. Tiftarea scored 9 runs before SGA could register the final out and won the game, 14-5.

Drew Bridges started on the mound for SGA pitching 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits with 6 strike-outs, and Miles Lee took the loss for SGA pitching in relief.

Alan Mock led the Warriors offensively with a beautiful squeeze bunt, a double, and a RBI. Alex Wilson tripled and scored 2 runs, and Drew Bridges doubled, scored a run, and had a RBI.

Friday SGA traveled to Valwood in a must-win game for the Warriors. The game turned into a bit of a pitcher's duel between SGA's Drew Bridges and Valwood's Cole Parker. Both pitchers went the distance and pitched well, but Bridges and the Warriors got the better of it and won the game 3-0.

In pitching the shutout, Bridges allowed no runs on 3 hits and no walks with 6 strike-outs. Parker allowed 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 6 strike-outs.

SGA scored the first run of the game in the second inning. Austin Boyd ripped a double in the right center field gap. Boyd moved to third base and scored on curve balls in the dirt that bounced by the Valwood catcher.

SGA added 2 insurance runs in the sixth inning. Miles Lee led off the inning with a triple to deep right field. Bridges followed with a single to drive Lee in. Andrew Stone came in as a courtesy runner for Bridges. Danny Doster followed with a perfect bunt down the first base line. The Valwood pitcher tried to make a desperation toss to first base and threw the ball away. Stone, who was already running on the play, used his speed to score all the way from first and put SGA up 3-0.

Valwood had runners on first and third base with 2 out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but right fielder Alan Mock made a great running catch to end the game and preserve the Warriors victory.

Bridges and Boyd led the Warriors offensively with 2 hits each.

SGA plays Valwood in a playoff game Monday in Thomasville to determine who gets to go on to the playoffs. The Warriors will host Terrell Academy Tuesday in Damascus. It will be Senior Day, and the last game this team will play in Damascus. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Go, Warriors!

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