TIFTON -- After suffering a disappointing 7-6 loss to Houston County in their Region 1-AAAAA baseball opener Tuesday, the Tift County Blue Devils came back Friday night to take a 10-6 victory over the Coffee High Trojans. The win puts Tift at 11-3 on the year, and 1-1 in the league.
"After the way we played Tuesday night, it was good to bounce back and get a win," Tift coach Chuck Beale said. "I am proud of the kids."
Pitcher Jacob Stinson picked up the first 1-AAAAA victory of his career. The freshman went the distance, striking out seven and walking two. He gave up nine hits and five of the six runs were earned.
"Jacob did a good job tonight for us," Beale said.
Three Coffee runs came in third as the Trojans took a 3-0 lead. The big blow was a two-RBI single off the bat of Brett Carter.
Tift bounced back in the bottom of the inning with two runs. John McBrayer walked and came around to score on a double play off the bat of Lee Caquelard. The other run came when Travis Johnson scored on a wild pitch.
After the Trojans scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, Tift took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the frame.
The only two RBIs credited in the frame came from a double off the bat of Christian Glisson. The freshman catcher also threw out a base runner trying to steal in the game.
Each team scored one run in the fifth and Coffee cut the advantage to 7-6 with another run in the top of the sixth. But, Tift came back with three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Johnson again scored on a wild pitch to begin the inning. Tyce Moore then came in to score on a single by Caquelard. The last run later scored when Caquelard came in on a passed ball.
Stinson then finished up in the seventh to get the win.
Tift only had six hits in the game, but took advantage of eight Coffee walks, as well as four errors by the Trojans.
"We took advantage of what they gave us," Beale said. "We also hit the ball when we needed it."
Caquelard went 2-for-4 in the game to pace the Tift bats. Charlie Edwards, Glisson, Johnson and Moore each added one hit apiece.
Austin Smith also contributed a strong throw from left field in the fourth inning that nailed a Coffee runner trying to stretch a single into a double.
"Jacob pitched well and we played good defense behind him," said Beale.
Tift will now attempt to go to above .500 in the league today when they make up a game at Colquitt County. The Packers were defeated 4-0 Friday by Houston County.
The Tift-Colquitt game today will be played at 2 p.m.
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