TIFTON -- Needing a win to keep their slim tournament hopes alive, the Abraham Baldwin Stallions were quickly down 7-0 against the Darton College Cavaliers in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday.
But, even with the seven run deficit after the top of the first, the Stallions fought back to take a 10-8 victory. The ABAC win ended Darton's 14-game winning streak, including 11 straight conference wins.
The 14th win was the first game of the twinbill as Darton defeated ABAC, 13-6.
Even with that game one loss, ABAC coach Steve Janousek was proud of his team's performance in the second contest.
"We showed some character," Janousek said. "We were able to salvage some dignity."
The coach went on to add, "It was a big win for us. They had a 14-game winning streak, including 11 straight in the conference and that had put them in first place."
Down 8-6 in the fourth, ABAC closed the gap when Jordan Towns had an two-out infield single that plated a run.
The Stallions then took the lead for good in the fifth.
John Keene led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch with Calem Ray at the plate. Ray then hit a sacrifice bunt that sent Keene to third.
The next batter, Neal Jones, hit a chopper up the middle for an infield hit that scored Keene to tie the game. After his RBI, the Adel native then stole second and went to third when the catcher's throw went into the outfield.
Kyle Patterson's single then scored Jones to make it 9-8 in favor of ABAC. Patterson then came in to score all the way from first base when Will Tyre hit a double.
Freshman Drew Hobby came in to relieve Jordan Towns in the first inning. The Tiftarea Academy product held Darton to only one run until he was lifted in the seventh inning. Matt Hyer then came in to get the save for Hobby's victory.
Tyre had three hits for the Stallions, while Jones, Patterson, Luis Mora and Towns added two hits apiece. Brandon Marcus also added a home run to the ABAC cause.
In the first game, the Stallions could never get on track as Darton ran away with the victory. Towns was the only ABAC player with two hits in the game. One of those hits was a double.
ABAC is now 6-12 in Region XVII, 21-25 overall. Going into the weekend, the Stallions were tied with South Georgia College for last place in the nine team conference. The top six teams make the state tournament.
"We are not officially eliminated yet. But, our backs are against the wall. We will probably have to win five out of our last six games to have a chance," Janousek said.
Unfortunately for the Stallions, three of those games are with Young Harris, the other first place team in the league, while the other three are with Middle Georgia, ABAC's archrival. The Young Harris series will be at home and will begin with a single, nine inning, game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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