Team Georgia finishes third at Junior Sunbelt Classic

Posted 6/12/19

Team Georgia defeated Team Tennessee Wednesday night to finish third

in Junior Sunbelt Classic. (Special Photo: Brittany Galvan)


Team Georgia finishes third in Junior Sunbelt Classic


When Kyle Hilton gunned down a Tennessee runner at third base attempting a steal to end the game, somewhere you got the feeling Team Georgia wasn't ready to end the 2019 Junior Sunbelt Classic.

Hilton, the Savannah Christian catcher, threw a perfect strike to third baseman Tyler Andrews (Lowndes) who applied the tag for the game's final out to help Team Georgia post a 9-2 victory and secure third-place in the tournament. It also avenged a 1-0 setback to Tennessee last Friday night.

Team Georgia finished with a 7-3 record and won its fourth consecutive game.

Five pitchers -- Liam Sullivan (Marist), Will Pearson (North Oconee), Hurston Waldrep (Thomasville), Leo Giannoni (Wheeler) and Carter Holton (Benedictine) -- combined to allow just two runs on six hits. Holton, who no-hit Tennessee in his previous outing, worked a scoreless seventh.

The offense provided Team Georgia pitchers all the run support they needed, erupting for nine runs on 13 hits. Garrett Gainous (Cairo) went 3-for-3 with a double, while Patrick Holloman (Ola) and Holton finished with two hits apiece.

Team Georgia never trailed, scoring two runs in the top of the first on an RBI single from Paul Hegeman (Glynn Academy) and a sacrifice fly from Andrews. They added two more runs in the top of the third to grab a 4-0 lead on a two-run single from Holloman.

Team Tennessee cut the deficit in half at 4-2 in the bottom of the third, but Team Georgia's Jimbo Brown (Bremen) scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth for a 5-2 advantage.

Team Georgia scored two runs on wild pitches in the sixth, then Dylan Garner (Pike County) had a two-run single in the seventh to extend Team Georgia's lead to 9-2.

Reid Robertson (Pope), Andrews, Britt Metts (Jeff Davis) and Mikal Mascarello (Statesboro) all had hits in the game. Mascarello's hit was a double.

The finish was one of Team Georgia's best in recent memory. They lost to Missouri, Tennessee and Texas by a combined four runs.