DAMASCUS -- The Tiftarea Academy Panthers clinched the second place spot in their region Friday with a 4-2 baseball victory over Southwest Georgia.
Justin Collins got the pitching win for the Panthers.
"He struggled through the first three innings, but he got into a groove in the final four innings," Panther coach John Owens said.
Collins ended the game with 10 strikeouts in a complete game performance. At one point, Collins had five strikeouts in a row. Besides the strikeouts, Collins only allowed one earned run and what Owens described as two "excuse-me" hits.
Garrett Bowen was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Panthers at the plate. Caleb Latham was also 3-for-3 with one double and one RBI. The other Tiftarea hit was a Matthew Souter single.
The Panthers will be in Macon at 3 p.m. today to take on Stratford Academy in a non-league game.
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