On Saturday the Thomaston-Upson County Recreational Department opened up their 2014 recreational league baseball season at the Civic Center. With perfect weather shining down, boys from ages 7-12 enjoyed the start of another season playing America’s pastime. Here are some game recaps from Opening Day Baseball action on Saturday.
Dixie Boy’s (Ages 12 & Under)
United Bank Astros: 4
Kiwanis Club Cubs: 3
Austin Morris came home to score the winning run in the top of the fifth inning, as the Astros narrowly defeated the Cubs by a 4-3 score.
Johnny Young delivered a RBI single to drive home Miller Patterson and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
However, in the top of the second inning the Astros plated three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Dalton Coker, Anthony Theil, and Trey Anthony each reached on errors to load the bases, then A.J. Aprozean drilled a three-run double with two outs, giving the Astros a two-run lead.
The Cubs answered back with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Bryce Spillers drew a walk and then advanced on a passed ball. Miller Patterson stepped up to the plate with two out and blasted a double to score Spiilers, but Patterson was thrown out at third base to end the inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning Phillip Green reached base after a single and then later came home to score on an error by the Astros, tying the game up at 3-3.
In the fifth inning, Morris reached on an error, then Dalton Coker ripped an RBI double which drove home Morris and gave the Astros the victory.
A.J. Aprozean led the Astros with a double and three RBI, while Dalton Coker added a double and run scored. Cody Kirkland added a hit, while Anthony Thiel and Trey Anthony each scored runs for the Astros in the victory.
Miller Patterson paced the Cubs with a double, run scored, and a stolen base, while Phillip Green also added a hit and run scored. Johnny Young had a hit and an RBI, and Roy Beddington chipped in with a single in the second inning for the Cubs in defeat.
Dixie Minors (Ages 10 & Under)
Doc’s Rangers: 9
Upson Eye Clinic Cardinals: 2
Jacob Stewart pitched three innings of shutout baseball while striking out five batters for the Cardinals, but after the Cardinals went into their pen in the fourth inning, the Rangers rallied to scored nine runs over the next two innings to defeat the Cardinals by a 9-2 score.
Stewart scored the first run of the game, as the Cardinals held a 1-0 lead for the first three innings of the game. In the bottom of the first inning, it was Stewart who struck out the side, earning three of his five strikeouts in the opening frame.
In the top of the fourth inning the Cards added to their lead with another run, as Murray Deen came home to score on a RBI single from Jet Hoffman. Deen had reached base with a base hit earlier in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning trailing 2-0, the Rangers exploded with four runs. The Rangers only tallied two hits in the inning, but with the help of a fielding error and two walks, the Rangers took a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rangers added five more runs to seal the 9-2 victory. Again, the Rangers only needed two hits to score the five runs, as the Astros walked three batters and had another field error.
Ross Parker led the Rangers with two hits and two runs scored, while Trenton Nelson added a hit and run scored. Gabe Weatherford finished with a single, while Zachary Sheaver and Brenton Cook each scored two runs in the victory.
Murray Deen and Jet Hoffman each paced the Cardinals with a a hit each, while Deen scored a run and Hoffman added a RBI. Jacob Stewart scored a run for the Cardinals in the loss.
Rookie League (Ages 8 & Under)
Southcrest Bank Giants: 9
Thomaston Pest Control A’s: 0
Evan Showalter ripped three base hits, including a double as the Giants shutout the A’s by a 9-0 score on Saturday morning. The Giants scored four runs in the first inning, four runs in the third inning, and one run in the fifth inning in the victory.
Jack Corley, Christopher Callahan, Campbell Hinson, Showalter, and Zach Nada each tallied singles in the inning, while Corley, Callahan, Hinson, and Showalter each crossed the plate to score for the Giants. In the top of the third inning, that same crew got the Giants offense going once again. However, this time Showalter and Nada each ripped doubles in the inning as the Giants took an 8-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning Showalter scored the Giants’ ninth run of the game, sealing the 9-0 shutout victory.
Evan Showalter, Christopher Callahan, and Zack Nada each tallied three hits in the game, while Showalter scored three runs in the game. Jack Corley finished with two hits and a run scored, while Cam Lowry and Tyler Pasly each finished the game with two hits. Ke’nize Butler and Colby Nuce both chipped in with one hit each in the victory.
Kevin Wilson led the A’s with two hits, while Hayden Littleton and Caden Garner each added one hit in the loss.
The Braves scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to come from behind and defeat the Rangers by a 7-3 score.
Trent Cole scored the first run of the game for the Braves in the bottom of the first inning, after Cole, Riley Butler, Cohen Ivey, and Trace Peaden all tallied singles in the first inning.
The Rangers tied the ball game up in the top of the second, when Gage Hill crossed the plate. Hill, Brodey Chaney, and Walker Stevens all roped singles in the inning to help tie the game at 1-1.
The game remained tied until the top of the fourth inning when the Rangers took a 3-1 lead. Chaney, Garret Cromer, and Stevens each collected singles in the inning, while Cromer and Chaney scored runs in the inning.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Braves retook the lead and sealed the 7-3 victory, scoring five runs in the inning. The Braves struck with five singles in a row from Lane Weatherford, Trent Coker, Riley Butler, Cohen Ivey, and Trace Peaden. All five players also scored runs in the inning, followed by a solo home run from Michael Foster to seal the victory.
Riley Foster and J.T Reeves each finished with three hits in the game for the Braves, while Trent Coker, Cohen Ivey, and Trace Peaden added two hits in the game. Lane Weatherford and Mason Hardeman tallied one hit each, and Michael Foster’s lone hit in the game came in the form of a solo homer.
The Rangers were led by Landon Bunn, Brodey Chaney, and Walker Stevens, who all finished with two hits, while Shiv Patel, Braden Williams, Landon Parkerson, Gage Hill, and Garrett Cromer each chipped in with one hit in the loss.
White Sox: 5
The White Sox scored three runs in the fifth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Reds defeated the White Sox by an 8-5 score.
Luke Spires led the Reds with three hits and a run scored in the victory, while Gage Cook, Trenton Davis, Cameron Spillers, and Trent Gaskin each finished with two hits for the Reds.
Jax Harrison paced the White Sox with three hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Nick Davis, Jackson Moore, Ty Gresham, and Jacob Moore each finished with two hits in the game. Andrew Ard chipped in with one hit for the White Sox in the loss.