Team Georgia falls to Canada in opener

Posted 6/8/18

Team Georgia's CJ Rose is thrown out at third base against Team Canada

Friday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma State College.


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Team Georgia falls in Sunbelt opener

WILBURTON, Okla. -- CJ Rose made the best statement following Team Canada's 7-6 walk-off victory over Team Georgia in the opener of the Junior Sunbelt Classic Friday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

"The next game, we've just got to play better," the Lowndes High standout said. "It happens. We've got to move on to the next game."

Moving on is one thing, but Friday's finish in the opener was a tough pill for Team Georgia to swallow, especially after they came from behind to tie the game with a pair of runs in the seventh. But Team Canada got a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, then following a strikeout, finished the game with a walk-off double.

Team Georgia had to put Friday's opener quickly behind. They played Team Tennessee later in the afternoon.

Colby Thomas (Valdosta) gave Team Georgia an early 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first inning and it stayed that way with Connor Bruce (Loganville) in control on the mound.

But things unraveled in fourth when Team Canada scored five runs on an RBI double, an error and a wild pitch to grab a 5-1 advantage.

Rose, who finished the day 4 for 4 at the plate, helped Team Georgia cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth with a double. However, he was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the double into a triple.

Hillgrove's Wade Richardson help plate a run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 5-4, but Team Canada added an insurance run in the sixth to make it 6-4 before a single from Rose and four walks tied the game in the seventh.

Brian Port (Starr's Mill), Thomas and Daulton Schley (Ringgold) finished with two hits each to lead Team Georgia's 12-hit attack. Dalton Thomas (Ola) and Dalton Smith (Lowndes) each finished with a hit.