ULHS Daimond Knights win a 7-6 thriller over Clifton Ridge

By Wes McCard

March 6, 2014

The Upson-Lee Middle School baseball team moved their 2014 season record to 3-1 after an exciting come from behind victory against Clifton Ridge. Josh Fordham scored three runs in the game, with his third coming on an error by the Cougars’ second baseman to give the Knights a 7-6 victory, that featured seven lead changes.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the third inning, when the Cougars scored two runs on two hits to take a 2-0 lead. Cotton Phillips started for the Knights, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up six hits and four runs, of which two were earned, a walk, and striking out two batters.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Knights added a run, to cut the Cougars’ lead to 2-1. Landon Fowler was hit by a pitch to lead the inning off, followed by Josh Fordham reaching on a fielding error. Trace Park loaded the bases with the first of his two hits in the game, followed by a ground ball to shortstop by Tanner Crews which drove home Fordham for the Knights’ first run of the game.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Noah Turner and Barron Gulley led the inning off with back-to-back walks, and after a wild pitch both runners advanced to third and second base respectively. Trevor Crews promptly followed with a solid base hit scoring Turner, and knotting the game up 2-2. Josh Fordham gave the Knights a 3-2 lead with a RBI ground ball to second base later in the inning.

However, Clifton Ridge answered the Knights once again in the top of the fifth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. The Knights also hit two batters and walked a batter in the inning, and they trailed 4-3 headed into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Cougars added to their lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Clifton Ridge scored both runs with two outs, as Upson-Lee surrendered a hit, a walk, and made a fielding error in the inning.

Trailing 6-3, the Knights got the bats warmed up again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fordham led the inning off with a walk, followed by Trace Park being hit by a pitch. Trip Greer laid down a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, moving Fordham to third and Park to second base. Tanner Crews followed with a ground ball to third base, which was misplayed. Fordham scored on the error, and all runners were safe, cutting the Cougars’ lead to 6-4.

Matt Screws earned a walk in the inning, to load the bases and Trace Park scored from third on a wild pitch. Trailing 6-5 late in the inning, Tanner Crews also scored on a wild pitch to tie the game up at 6-6.

Trace Park took the mound for the Knights in the top of the seventh inning, striking out two batters and getting out of the inning without allowing a hit. The Knights entered the bottom of the seventh inning, and Fordham once again led the inning off with a walk. Trace Park followed with a solid hit, advancing Fordham to second base. Tripp Greer reached on an error, which allowed Fordham to score and give the Knights a 7-6 victory.

Trace Park and Noah Turner led the Knights with two hits each and a run scored. Trevor Crews added a hit and RBI, while Tanner Crews scored a run and drove in a run. Josh Fordham scored three runs and added a RBI, while Barron Gulley scored a run for the Knights.

Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21