Tifton Gazette


April 21, 2014

Blue Devils, Cougars tie in Atlanta

ATLANTA — In the game of baseball, you win some, you lose some, some get rained out and on rare occasions some end in a tie.

The latter possibility applied to Saturday’s clash pitting Crisp County High’s second-ranked Class AAAA Cougars and Tift County’s fifth-ranked Class AAAAAA Blue Devils at the home of the Atlanta Braves.

With the game getting off to a late start due to efforts to get Turner Field dry enough to play after Friday’s heavy rainfall and with two other games to follow, play was halted with the score tied 4-4 after seven innings.

Even though the two teams will meet in Cordele this coming Saturday at 1 p.m., there will be no completion of the deadlock prior to their scheduled meeting.

“Even though we were not an on-the-field winner, the opportunity to get to play in a Major League ballpark represented a wonderful experience for our kids,” Cougar coach Bill Pate.

“It’s something all of us can look back on for the rest of their lives and If  the opportunity arises to play here again hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of it.”

In a battle that saw the lead see-saw back and forth from start to finish, Tift took a 1-0 first inning edge via a pair of singles sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt.

Crisp pulled even in the top of the second when C.J. White singled, took second on Bradley Hough’s grounder and came home on Caleb Hulett’s clutch two-out single.

A walk issued to White who then took second on a passed ball before racing home on a single by Hough allowed the Cougars to go on top 2-1 in the fourth.

Tift regained the lead with a three-run fifth during which three walks and a pair of Crisp County errors figured in its production.

The Cougars salvaged the ultimate tie with a pair of seventh-inning tallies. Logan Carter and Witt Campbell punched singles to start the frame and an out later Taylor Walls drew an intentional free pass to load the bases.

With two down, White’s two-out pop fly to short right fell to the ground as Carter and Campbell raced home to knot the score. The contest stayed deadlocked when Tift stranded two runners in the last of the seventh.

Tyler, Carter and Campbell all logged mound time for the Cougars. As a unit, they allowed seven hits, struck out three and walked six. Along with White, Hulett, Hough and Walls, they also had a hit apiece.


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