Team Georgia falls to Missouri

Posted 6/9/18

Team Georgia reliever Alex Flood allowed just one hit and tossed

4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against Team Missouri.


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Brewer, Missouri stifle Team Georgia

MCALESTER, Oklahoma -- The walk out of the dugout at Mike Deak Field was a little slower than usual.

And this one stung.

Team Georgia's offensive momentum was stifled by Team Missouri pitcher Mike Brewer, who allowed just one hit in a complete-game 5-1 victory Saturday night at Mike Deak Field in the Junior Sunbelt Classic.

For Team Georgia, a team that had exploded for 19 runs in two straight victories over Tennessee and Mississippi, it was a head-scratching loss. Team Georgia is 2-2 in the tournament with five games left in three straight days.

If they want to have any chance to play for the tournament title, they can't afford any more setbacks. They will play Team Colorado at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday in McAlester in its only game of the day.

"We've just got to wipe it off, respond and come back tomorrow and play hard," said shortstop Brian Port (Starr's Mill).

After pounding Team Mississippi 11-4 earlier on Saturday, Team Georgia had no answer for Brewer, who allowed just two walks and a single to Wade Richardson (Hillgrove). Missouri did commit two errors behind the right-hander.

Team Georgia scored its only run when Ethan Wright (Hillgrove) and Port drew back-to-back walks to lead off the third. Brewer got Colby Thomas (Valdosta) to fly out to third base. Even though Thomas was automatically out on the infield fly rule, Missouri misplayed the fly ball and Wright used his speed to take third base on the tag. He scored on a groundout by CJ Rose (Lowndes).

Missouri scored one in the second, then four in the third to build a 5-0 advantage.

Relief pitcher Alex Flood (Brookwood) tried his best to help keep Team Georgia in the game. The right-hander, who walked his first batter to force home a run in the third, hurled 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He retired the final 12 batters he faced after giving up a double, his only hit allowed, in the fourth.

But Brewer took all the headlines Saturday night.

"He did a good job, you have to give it to him," Flood said. "He filled up the zone and made the pitches that he needed to. You are going to face adversity no matter what, and it's how you handle it that defines you. Everybody on this team believes we still have a shot."