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March 19, 2014

Big 7th dooms Stallions against Gordon

TIFTON — Through six innings Wednesday, the Gordon State Highlanders had been limited to only seven baserunners and one solid hit by Conner Alford and the ABAC Stallions had a 4-0 lead.

By the time the bottom of the 7th rolled around, it was Gordon on top, 5-4, and the Stallions found themselves a hole from which they could not emerge. The Highlanders added another run in the 8th and escaped with a 6-4 win.

Alford had been cruising along quite well. Though the bases had been loaded in the 5th after an error, a walk and a hit batsman, he had kept Gordon off-guard with six strikeouts.

The disaster inning saw the first three men reach. Nick High singled, Kameron Whitaker walked and Bryce Todd laid down a perfect bunt between pitcher and third.  Dylan Dore started the slide with a single that plated one, which caused Robert Morgan to leave his dugout perch for a pitching change, with Damion Fondren getting the call.

He would start shaky. Tyler Hutch walked to bring another run, then Zane Conlon made it 4-3 on a sac fly to center. Runners were at first and second and Fondren made a false move watching them, they were given a base each on a balk. That enabled Chase Johnson's fly to left to be a sacrifice to tie the game and move Hutch to third. He then scored when a ball escaped catcher Gant Davis.

Their final run in the 8th came after a leadoff walk to Jordan Dwyer came home to roost. He also scored on a wild pitch, this one from Michael Dike, after being advanced on a sacrifice and a single by Todd.

After falling behind, ABAC had a pair of baserunners in the 7th — a single and a walk — were unable to move anyone beyond second. They also had a single in the 9th.

It was the Stallions who were on fire early, roughing up starter Nick Andrews in each of the first two innings.

A one-out base hit in the 1st by Cole Bruce was followed with a home run to left-center by Christian Miller.

In the 2nd, Trevor Moncrief reached on a walk, advanced a bag on a groundout by Ricky Carpenter, then came home with a slide on a hit by Jacob Baxter.

Miller led of the 6th with a double, made it to third on a wild pitch and came in on A.J. Benefield's single.

Moncrief and Miller each had multi-hit games. Moncrief was 2-3 and Miller was 3-4 with a single, double and homer.

ABAC will be on the road at Gordon Friday and Saturday and returns home Tuesday against East Georgia at 6 p.m.

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