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April 26, 2014

Big 5th inning sparks Stallions over Andrew

TIFTON — A big 5th inning was key for the ABAC Stallions Friday night. Down by a run at the start of their half, they pushed four across. With the combination of their potent offense and five strong relief innings from Turner Edwards, they had more than enough to defeat the Andrew College Tigers, 9-5.

ABAC was down 4-3 when the big inning got underway on a single by Cole Bruce. Will Bagwell set up to bunt, but a series of outside pitches by Ryan Mullis first allowed Bruce to steal second, then caused Bagwell to take a normal stance. He hit a double and Bruce trotted home. Christian Miller and A.J. Benefield both flew out to right, but the latter was deep enough to advance Bagwell.

With a runner on third and two out, Lane Dixon coaxed a walk. That was followed by an RBI single by Jacob Baxter and that was the end of the day for Mullis. Zach Schmits went in for relief, but provided little as he gave up a base hit to Jo Jo Harrison that drove in the inning's 4th run and put the Stallions up 7-4.

Andrew struck for a run in the 8th against Edwards and Gant Davis, but ABAC worked their way out of danger with two more in the bottom of the inning Those came courtesy of a Bagwell single that drove in Bruce and back-to-back singles from Miller and Benefield. The latter scored Bagwell.

Edwards came on in the 4th, when starter Michael Dike allowed hit a man after a one-out single. Edwards immediately surrendered a double to Taylor Bentley to drive in one and delivered a wild pitch that brought Timothy Manning home. That was followed by an RBI groundout by Zach Lippincott, but he settled in after that.

Until being pulled for Davis in the 8th, he allowed three hits, none in the same inning and two with two out. Davis would make it one-third of an inning as he gave up a hit and a walk while recording a single out.

Ethan Thornton recorded the four-out save, allowing only one man to reach base on him. That came on a hit by pitch.

ABAC had a 3-0 lead after an inning.

Bruce doubled on the first pitch he saw. That was followed by a walk to Bagwell and a single by Miller to score the game's first run. Benefield walked to load the bases and Dixon poked a single that drove in two

Dike gave up a run in the second on a single by Manning, scoring Spencer Welch. Andrew also had a runner thrown at the plate that inning. Ajani Dowdy had been on second when Welch doubled off the fence, but Dixon hustled the ball in to his relay man Baxter. His throw to Harrison was in enough time to easily nail Dowdy.

Bagwell and Miller each had three hits for the Stallions, with Bruce and Baxter each contributing two.

ABAC was scheduled to play a home doubleheader with Andrew Saturday afternoon. They journey to Georgia Perimeter Tuesday.

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John Gamble (right) is joined by John Reid at the Tiftarea YMCA Saturday.

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