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March 15, 2014

Stallions outpace Chargers

TIFTON —

The ABAC Stallions gave the Georgia Highlands Chargers mercy at home Friday night, but only by not showing any in a 16-6 rout.
 
ABAC, who fell behind 5-0 after three innings, had frames of 3, 4 and 6 runs. The game ended in the 8th with only one out recorded, a sacrifice fly that pushed it to the 10-run limit.
 
The Chargers had several miscues on the field and tried five pitchers, who walked or hit 14 men.
 
Not that the Stallions needed any help once they got going.
 
The game's turning point came in the bottom of the 4th. With one out, Trevor Moncrief was hit by a pitch. Ricky Carpenter was unable to move him further, leaving a two out situation. 
 
Jacob Baxter drew a walk from Albert Harless. Cole Bruce then hit a shallow single to load the bases. Christian Miller tripled on a long fly to left, which made the score 5-3 and nearly ended up being worse news for the Chargers as Gavin Peters crashed hard into the fence attempting the catch. He would stay in the game.
 
Ty Fowler scored Georgia Highlands' sixth and final run in the 5th off a Camden McGill single. Though given more solid footing, the Stallions made haste in eliminating it.
 
Lane Dixon led off with a single and advanced to second when a throw over by Harless went into right field. He would scored on Gant Davis' single, but Davis made the first out attempting to stretch it to a double.
 
With the bases clear, Jo Jo Harrison hit a ball to deep short and slid under the tag of the first baseman when the throw pulled him off the bag. Moncrief doubled him in to the tie the game at 6 and the Chargers swapped Harless for John Hood.
 
Moncrief stole third before Carpenter worked a full count walk. He then scored to give ABAC the lead when the first pitch to Baxter bounced to the backstop. That brought another pitching change, Mikhail Cazenave. He gave up a single to Baxter, but no further damage.

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