Team Georgia falls to Colorado

Posted 6/10/18

Team Georgia catcher Trent Bailey, right, talks to pitcher Aaron Wainwright against Team Colorado.


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Colorado bests Team Georgia

MCALESTER, Oklahoma -- The offense couldn't get a hit and the normally reliable defense committed four errors.

And the pitching rotation was roughed up Sunday afternoon at Mike Deak Field.

It couldn't have been a worse day for Team Georgia, who got drilled 12-6 by Team Colorado to fall to 2-3 at the Junior Sunbelt Classic.

And Team Georgia has nobody to blame but itself.

Things unraveled during a seven-run fourth inning as Team Colorado smacked three two-run homers in the inning to grab an 8-1 advantage. With the wind blowing out, Team Georgia pitchers left too many pitches up in the strike zone.

And Colorado turned Mike Deak Field into its own personal launching pad.

"Everything they hit, our guys left high in the zone," catcher Trent Bailey (LaGrange) said. "They didn't hit anything that was low."

By the time the fourth inning damage was done, Team Georgia struggled to find any positive momentum. They did get a pair of solo homers to lead off the bottom of the fourth from CJ Rose (Lowndes) and Colby Thomas (Valdosta) to trim the deficit to 8-3, then Bailey's sacrifice fly scored Colby Williams (Troup) to make it 8-4.

Colorado answered with an insurance run in the sixth, then three more in the seventh to turn the game into a rout.

It was the second straight loss for Team Georgia, who fell to 2-3 in the tournament with four games left before Wednesday's finale. They will play Arizona at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Monday in McAlester, then face Oklahoma Gold at 8 p.m. (ET) at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.

Arizona remains the tournament's only unbeaten team at 6-0.

"We just want to move on from this one," said designated hitter Daulton Schley (Ringgold), who finished 2 for 4 with a double. "We've just got to come to play tomorrow. We've got some tough games left, but I believe if we can hit the ball, we can win."

After erupting for 17 runs in a two-game winning streak against Tennessee and Mississippi, Team Georgia has mustered just seven runs on nine hits in losses to Missouri and Colorado.

Things did start promising when Wade Richardson (Hillgrove) led off with a single in the first inning and later scored on Rose's sacrifice fly.

Colorado rallied to tie with a run in the third before erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning.

After Colorado built a 9-4 advantage in the sixth inning, Team Georgia scored two runs. Rose had an RBI single and Thomas drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run to trim the deficit to 9-6. But that was as close as Team Georgia would get.

They left 10 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings.

Rose finished 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs, while Schley and Bailey collected two hits each. Thomas finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs.