Team Georgia earns split

Posted 6/12/18

Team Georgia lost to Arizona but rebounded to beat Oklahoma Blue on Tuesday.


Team Georgia earns split

MCALESTER, Oklahoma -- Team Georgia wasn't happy with its showing in the Junior Sunbelt Classic. So if only for one night, they gave their fans something to smile about.

After falling behind by three runs against Oklahoma Blue in its final game before Wednesday's finals, Team Georgia used a seven-run sixth inning en route to a 9-6 victory at Mike Deak Field.

The victory followed a 6-4 loss to undefeated Arizona earlier in the day after morning rain nearly forced the cancellation of Tuesday's games. In what was supposed to be an early day, the back-to-back games for Team Georgia finished late into the Oklahoma night.

Team Georgia is 3-6 and its opponent for Wednesday will be a rematch with Oklahoma Blue at 12:30 p.m. (ET) for ninth-place in the tournament.

The victory over Oklahoma Blue on Tuesday was Team Georgia's first since beating Mississippi Saturday morning. But it gave the team some positive momentum heading into the final day of the tournament.

They scored a run each in the first two innings to grab a 2-0 advantage. But Oklahoma Blue cut the deficit in half in the second, then scored four in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 5-2 advantage.

Team Georgia answered with a rally of its own. Brandon Prince (Carrollton) doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on an RBI single from Colby Williams (Troup). Ethan Wright (Hillgrove) was hit by a pitch, then Wade Richardson (Hillgrove) walked to load the bases.

Brian Port (Starr's Mill) then doubled to plate a pair of runs and tie the game at five.

But that wasn't the biggest blow.

A batter later, Colby Thomas (Valdosta) ripped a three-run homer to make it 8-5, giving Team Georgia the lead for good.

Reliever Alex Flood (Brookwood) worked the final two innings to earn the save. Reliever Dalton Thomas (Ola) earned the win on the mound.

The victory followed up a tough loss against Arizona. Dalton Smith (Lowndes) gave Team Georgia an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning before Arizona answered with three runs in its half to grab a 3-2 lead.

Georgia pulled within a run on a sacrifice fly from CJ Rose (Lowndes) in the fifth before Arizona added three insurance runs in its half of the sixth to grab a 6-3 lead.

In the seventh, Port doubled and scored on an RBI single from Seb Thomas (Marist), but that was all Team Georgia could muster.