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Mary Persons splits with Columbus; Game Three tomorrow

The Mary Persons Bulldogs hosted the Columbus Blue Devils in a doubleheader in the Sweet Sixteen of the GHSA AAA Baseball Playoffs and the result was a 3-2 Bulldogs’ victory in Game One and a 1-0 Blue Devils’ victory in Game Two to force the winner-take-all Game Three tomorrow.

In Game One, the Black, Gold, and White got the scoring started in the last of the first when they plated two runs which were scored via an Ian Lewis rbi double to drive in Ryan Causey and an error that would allow Cole Carr to reach and allow Ian Lewis to score and in the last of the second, Brady Christman hit an rbi double to drive in Nick Howard to make the score 3-0 MP.

The host would keep Columbus off the board through the first six innings but in the top half of the seventh, the visitors got on the board via an rbi single to make the score 3-1 and they would plate another run via an error to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs and Andrew Snow would be able to seal Game One by getting a strikeout to end the game with the tying run stranded at third base to give MP a 1-0 series lead.

Brady Christman and Ian Lewis had both of MP’s rbis in Game One and Will Taylor had the Blue Devils’ lone rbi of the contest. Cole Carr was the SP for the host in Game One and he pitched 6 1/3rd innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, walking one, and striking out five while his reliever Andrew Snow pitched the remaining 2/3rds innings and he surrendered no runs on one hit, walking none, and striking out two in the process.

Columbus’ SP Michael Nottleman pitched a complete game and he surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits, walking two, and striking out seven in the process.

Game Two would feature the Blue Devils as the designated home team and this game would go scoreless all the way to the last of the seventh where the designated host had the bases loaded with two outs on the board and Collin Cates at the bat facing a full count, he would hit a walk-off rbi single to drive in Axel Serra to give Columbus the 1-0 victory in Game Two to tie the series at 1 a piece.

Pitching for both teams shined in the nightcap as MP’s SP Jake Grant pitched 6 1/3rd innings surrendering one earned run on five hits, walking one, and striking out a whopping 13 batters while his reliever Tristan Hunt pitched and got out two on the board and he struck out one surrendering one hit, no runs, and walking nobody in the process.

Columbus’ SP Jack Brown pitched a complete game shutout surrendering two hits, walking five, and striking out nine in the process. The winner-take-all Game Three will be in Forsyth tomorrow at 5:30pm.

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