Texas topples Team Georgia

Posted 6/11/18

Team Georgia catcher Ben Schorr talks to pitcher Steven Thompson during a visit to

the mound against Team Texas.

 

Texas topples Team Georgia

MCALESTER, Oklahoma -- The players slowly packed up their equipment and walked out of the dugout of Mike Deak Field.

The look of frustration was obvious.

Team Georgia blew a three-run, second-inning lead and fell 10-7 Monday afternoon in the Junior Sunbelt Classic to Texas. It was the third straight setback and sent them to 2-4. Barring some major upsets, the loss likely ended any hopes Team Georgia has of making the tournament championship on Wednesday.

Instead, the team will look to regroup with a late game Monday night at 8 p.m. (ET) in Wilburton at Eastern Oklahoma State College, the place where Team Georgia won its only two games of the tourney. Mike Deak Field, the host facility, hasn't been kind to Team Georgia.

On Monday after digging itself in an early 2-0 deficit, Wade Richardson (Hillgrove) scored on Daulton Schley's (Ringgold) groundout, then Ben Schorr's (Columbus) RBI double scored CJ Rose (Lowndes) to tie the game. Schorr scored on a passed ball to give Team Georgia a 3-2 lead.

They increased it to 5-2 with a two-run second inning. Rose's groundout scored Ethan Wright (Hillgrove) and Schorr was hit by a pitch to force home Richardson.

But Texas erupted for four runs in the third, then added three more in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a commanding 10-5 lead.

Team Georgia got one back in the fifth when Brandon Prince (Carrollton) singled to score Schorr to make it 10-6, then they added another in the sixth on Brian Port's (Starr's Mill) RBI double.

After Prince reached on an error in the bottom of the seventh, Texas got a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

"You've got to have timely hits," Team Georgia coach Todd Eubanks said. "The fatigue factor is kicking in a little on us. We've also got to throw more strikes. They're giving us all they have and that's all we can ask for. Every team out here has a good ball club. But timely hits are the difference in the ball game."

Schorr, in his first game, finished 2 for 3 on offense with two doubles and two RBIs. Port and Thomas finished with two hits each to lead the offense.