TIFTON - The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Stallions wrapped up the 2021 regular season in style Saturday. R.J. Delaney pitched a no-hitter against South Georgia State.
ABAC won the seven-inning contest, the second half of a doubleheader, 3-0. The Stallions also won the opener, 10-4, and head into next week's GCAA playoffs with a seven-game win streak.
Delaney was strong throughout, striking out five and walking three, but his defense started a little shaky.
"To start with, we had an error to lead off the game," said head coach Brandon Reeder. "A line drive that hit off our shortstop's glove and went into left field."
After that, Reeder said Delaney shut down the Hawks.
Like his defense, Delaney's offense was a bit slow to get going. South Georgia State had its own no-hitter through five innings.
Finally in the bottom of the sixth, Grant Hall singled. Tristan Brown walked and Sam Bennett hit a ball that was mishandled, scoring both runners. Garrett Bradley made it 3-0 with a sac fly.
Putting runs on the board put Reeder at ease that Delaney could finish it off. A strikeout, walk and a ground ball that Hall turned into a double play sealed it.
Reeder takes no responsibility for Delaney's feat.
"Tristan Brown caught a really good game," Reeder said. This was only Brown's second start of the season. Delaney specifically requested he catch Saturday and Reeder said he respects his pitchers' wishes.
"It was all those two guys working through the hitters."
Reeder was still waiting on scores Saturday afternoon from the East Georgia State-Andrew College series, which determines who ABAC plays in the first round of the GCAA tourney. The Stallions have clinched fifth.