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March 15, 2014

Stallions complete weekend sweep of Chargers

TIFTON — A.J. Benefield provided the big blow for the ABAC Stallions Saturday afternoon as they took an 8-3 win over the Georgia Highlands Chargers. Benefield hit a 2-run blast in the bottom of the 4th that gave the Stallions some breathing room after their opponents had scored in the top half of the frame to clip the lead to 3-2.

With some help later in the game at the plate to pad the lead further, Garrett Brown was able to harness the Chargers to 8 hits in six innings of work and struck out five.

ABAC scored one in the 1st, two in the 2nd and 4th and three in the 6th.

Christian Miller tied the game in the 1st inning when he crossed the plate after a Benefield double to center with two outs.

Luke Miller would start the next scoring spree with a walk. The next man up, Trevor Moncrief, appeared to have given Georgia Highlands an easy out when he dribbled a ball back to the mound, but it was fumbled by Dillon Swaggerty.

Two batters later, both came in on a two-base error when Jacob Baxter hit a ball to second.

Benefield's homer in the 4th drove in Christian Miller, who had reached on a walk. Though Swaggerty made it through that inning, he would be replayed by Gregory Gerard, who was still on the hill in the 6th.

Gerard surrendered three straight singles to Baxter, Cole Bruce and Christian Miller to open the inning, with the last one bringing in Baxter. After an out moved runners to second and third, Lane Dixon was intentionally walked.

That would work against them as a wild pitch with Taylor Camp at the plate allowed Bruce to come home. Camp would then be walked, but another wild pitch with Luke Miller up scored Christian Miller.

Brown found himself having to dig out of a hole early. Like the night before, the Chargers struck for a run in the first. Camden McGill led off with a single. He was erased on a fielder's choice by Freddie Beamon, but consecutive hits by Andy Mocahbee and Chap Lindstrom brought him across the plate with only one out. A strikeout and a fly out prevented further damage.

The game was easier for him after that. Brown stranded two in the 2nd, but only three over his last four innings.

Eric Lee gave up a run in the 7th when Mochabee drove in McGill, but struck out two.

Benefield and Christian Miller each had two-hit nights and combined for three RBIs. Baxter also had an RBI.

Game two Saturday also went in their favor, as they won, 3-2. Baxter, Christian Miller and Adam Boan each had an RBI, with Baxter, Christian Miller and Moncrief scoring the runs.

ABAC hosts Gordon Tuesday at 5 p.m. before spending Thursday and Saturday at Barnesville.

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