CARROLLTON -- Following a 11-3 triumph over Carroll County Friday, the Tift County Recreation Department's 10-under Blue All-Star baseball team is one game away from the GRPA Class "B" state championship.

With the win, Tift is in the championship game today at 10 a.m. Their opponent in the title tilt will have to defeat the Blue squad twice to capture the state crown.

Tift's Chance Veazey was the winning pitcher against Carroll. He went the first three innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit. Corey Rodall finished up by going the final three innings, allowing two hits.

Jared Davis led Tift at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Players with two hits each were Veazey, three runs and two RBIs; Rodall, three runs and a RBI; Nick Prostko, three RBIs; Cody Cottle, RBI; and Craig Jones.

With a win in the title game this morning, Tift will have won the state title without suffering a defeat in district or state play.

While the 10-under All-Stars were advancing to the finals Friday, the news was not as good for the Tift County 12-under Blue All-Star girls softball team. Playing at home in the GRPA Class "B" 12-Under State Tournament, Tift was eliminated by Barrow County, 14-6.

After falling 23-3 to Dublin in their first game of the tournament, the Tift All-Stars played much better against Barrow.

"We at least played a stronger game," said Tift coach Cassandra McMiller.

Even after being eliminated, the coach did try to keep everything in perspective. "We had a lot of fun and that was the important thing. I am very proud of the effort the girls gave."

Tift jumped out early against Barrow, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The runs came in on a two-RBI single off the bat of Brittany Keith.

After Barrow tied the game at 2-2, Tift took the lead back with a run in the second. Whitley Bennett reached on a fielder's choice and later scored when Danielle Edwards reached via another fielder's choice.

Barrow then all but put the game away with six runs in the second and two in the third.

Down 10-3, Tift scored again in the fourth. A single by Allison Moore scored Bennett. Moore later scored when Brittany Dawson reached on a fielder's choice.

After scoring four runs in the fourth, Barrow took a 14-5 lead into the top of the sixth. Tift used that inning to have one last hurrah when Bennett hit a ball over the left fielder's head and rounded the bases for a home run.

Keith led Tift at the plate, going 3-for-3. Bennett also added two hits to the Tift cause.

Players with one hit each were Edwards, Katy Hornback, Dawson, Lakin Perryman, Amanda Davis and Amelia Jones.

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