Team Georgia tops Mississippi

Posted 6/9/18

Team Georgia catcher Daulton Schley tags out a Mississippi runner Saturday morning

at Eastern Oklahoma State College in the Junior Sunbelt Classic.


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Team Georgia rolls past Mississippi

WILBURTON, Oklahoma - Gage Morris had seen this before. The Cartersville right-hander had been brought in to pitch in relief many times during the high school season and played a key role in helping the Hurricanes finish as the GHSA Class 4A state runner-up.

So when Morris was brought in with the bases loaded to cut down a Mississippi rally in the top of the fourth inning, he promptly got a pop up that third baseman Brandon Prince (Carrollton) made an acrobatic-style catch to get out of the inning.

Team Georgia then erupted with a six-run bottom of the fourth inning en route to an 11-4 victory over Mississippi Saturday morning in the Junior Sunbelt Classic at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

With the offense providing Morris with plenty of support, he worked 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, didn't allow a base runner to reach scoring position and earned the victory in relief of starter Seb Thomas (Marist).

"The offense had my back and our defense has been stellar," Morris said. "They make plays and it gives you a little more confidence when you are out there are on the mound."

Morris, with his unorthodox delivery, kept Mississippi batters off-balanced and he didn't allow any hits in his outing. His only blemish was a sixth-inning walk.
Mississippi had tied the game at 4 before Morris entered.

Team Georgia answered in its half of the fourth to grab the lead for good. With two outs, Brian Port (Starr's Mill) reached on an error and Colby Thomas (Valdosta) singled. CJ Rose (Lowndes) singled to score Port for the go-ahead run to make it 5-4.

Then Dalton Smith (Lowndes) gave Team Georgia some breathing room when he smacked a three-run homer just inside the foul pole in left field.

"It was a fast ball inside," Smith said. "He had thrown me a fast ball right before that. I was just thinking I had to get a hit. When I hit it, I knew it was gone."

Team Georgia, however, still wasn't finished on offense.

Colby Williams (Troup) singled and Daulton Schley (Ringgold) walked before Wade Richardson (Hillgrove) unleashed a two-run triple that gave Team Georgia a 10-4 advantage.

Prince gave Team Georgia an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth.

After Team Georgia pounded Tennessee Friday night, they continued their hot-hitting on offense to open the game. In the bottom of the first, Thomas doubled off the fence, Rose drew a walk and Smith got hit in the head by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

A balk, an RBI groundout from Schley and an RBI single from Richardson helped give Team Georgia a 4-0 lead. But Mississippi scored two runs each in the third and fourth to tie the game.

Williams finished 2 for 3 with a double, while Richardson was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs. Thomas finished 2 for 4, while Rose, Smith and Prince each had a hit.

Team Georgia (2-1) will meet Missouri Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at McAlester, Oklahoma's Mike Deak Field.